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Publisher's Summary

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning. This is not merely a travel guide; it is a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s journey and the insights gained by abandoning what is comfortable and routine.

©2011 David Miller (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"David Miller’s AWOL makes you feel the pain and joy of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike.... In vivid colors, David paints a picture of his memorable journey." (Larry Luxenberg Director of the Appalachian Trail Museum)

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I want to thru-hike! this was a nice escape

Someday!!! inspiring, not just for thru hiking but for escaping the everyday, exploring new things, following dreams, adventure! Even with a family and kids and in your working prime, it's still possible.

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Loved This!!

I felt the emotion of finishing the AT before ever setting foot on the trail!

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From an AT sectional hiker's perspective

The narrative has a lot to offer to potential Appalachian Trail thru hikers...the trail's peculiarities in people, the terrain's ups and downs, and the hiker's mood swings (the other ups and downs) are well described. His description of the trail, it's events, and the personalities of the other hikers...from the parts that I have experienced...are true to life. For many the AT is where the idyllic nature meets real nature; some adapt, while others succumb to it's often harsh reality. Miller's story is of adaptation and becoming one with the AT's reality and culture.
Christopher Lane's narration is not particularly good, but it was good enough to keep me listening. WD

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like being on the trail.

loved the story telling of every detail and people he met. good description of the trials of walking so far, and on the AT.

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  • HLO
  • NC
  • 03-06-17

A wonderful listen...

A light and enjoyable listen outlining a truly great and life changing adventure. A joy!

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Inspiring and well written.

It was almost impossible to put down and gave a great prospective of trail life.

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Great Information

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This book is really good with information for someone who plans to hike. I haven't done anything like a big hike so it's interesting to me to learn more. If you're looking for entertainment and inspiration, it isn't the best that I've read for that. It's mostly the facts in a no nonsense way. Reading it did help push me further in the direction of wanting to do something like this myself one day, but I know I'm definitely not in any way prepared now.

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Informative

Very interesting and easy to listen to. Sounds scary, painful, and expensive I did't know there were so many places on the trial that a hiker could stay at and get food

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  • MKEngineer
  • Port Washington, Wisconsin United States
  • 02-07-17

Grounded Tale of Experiencing A Worthy Aspiration

Loved it. This was a great story of one man's courageous, determined, somewhat irresponsible decision to hike the length of The AT in response to what some may call a mid-life crisis. I'd say that he's a realist who recognized that if all you do is dream, and never act, you'll end up with regrets for not taking full advantage of your time on this earth.

David Miller presents the experience without inflating the story. He outlines the realities of the responsibilities he necessarily had to ignore (to some extent) in order to undertake such an endeavor. His writing style and skill are very enjoyable to listen to, and he injects just the right level of personal details and humor.

I greatly enjoyed listening to his story, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the act of hiking, or just a good story about real people taking the leap to follow through on their dreams.

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  • Tim
  • Memphis
  • 02-07-17

Inspiring

Great book, very insightful. Thanks for writing it. I was right there with you.....if only!

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