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Publisher's Summary

A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home....

Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation: how a five-pound puppy pierced the heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman, opening his eyes to the world's beauty and its possibilities. An unforgettable saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, it's an inspiring tale of finding love and discovering your true self.

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©2011 Tom Ryan (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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unbelievably good!!

This fascinating story made me cry more than I would have liked, but it's been sincerely uplifting. I want so much more !!

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  • Larry
  • Vacaville, US, Canada
  • 09-24-17

A great dog book!

Right up there with Art of Racing in the Rain. A real treat for schnauzer lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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I love Schnauzers

I am a Schnauzer mother and love my dog so I was so excited to hear a story about this incredible little mountain climber. The story moved me tears and made me laugh. I absolutely adored listening to Tom with Boston accent tell me about the breed I love in my favourite place New England. You brought me joy

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Incredibly moving, almost unbearably so.

Would you consider the audio edition of Following Atticus to be better than the print version?

yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Following Atticus?

all the moments Tom describes their beautiful connection

Which character – as performed by Tom Ryan – was your favorite?

Atticus of course

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes indeed!

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This book made my heart swell. Thank you Tom Ryan, Atticus and Max!

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A beautiful story of family, love and living

Tom Ryan's story of life with Atticus is such a beautiful tale. It kept me engaged from start to finish. Atticus was an amazing soul. What a great friend for Tom to follow.

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excellent book

loved it, great telling by the reader of it and @ times kinda remided me of one of my dogs

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Fantastic read

loved it. very enjoyable very well written and read. My wife and I both loved it and have recommended it to all our friends

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Love this book!

love this book about Atticus - what a wonderful dog. Tom's Facebook page and his blog are inspirational - he has a way with words!

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A wonderful book

I had my reservations because I can not stand to read about animals if they are hurt, but this story about a man and his amazing dog is so captivating and wonderful I couldn't stop listening

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Excellent

If you love the dog-human connection, you will adore this audio book. Strongly recommend. A+