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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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A remarkable story

This is a remarkable story. I'm a fan of Tom's "Following Atticus" blog, and loved getting the backstory to his adventures with Samwise: first with Max, then Atticus. I wish a professional had read Tom's words. Sometimes I felt Tom was too much into remembering the events to do the telling justice. Even so, I recommend the book for the great story, the honesty of Tom's storytelling, and the beauty of his written word.

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Best story Mr Ryan

Also have a mini for 11 years, they are the best dog ever and family.

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Best and most inspirational book I've heard!

What made the experience of listening to Following Atticus the most enjoyable?

It was read by the author, Tom Ryan, and is HIS story of his life with his little friend, Atticus. Very heartwarming, and I'm not sure how he was able to keep his emotions intact during the reading. Loved it!<br/>

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

Too many to name just one.

What about Tom Ryan’s performance did you like?

His intimate involvement with the subject.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both!

Any additional comments?

Tom is a wonderful writer and author. Kudos on a very special and moving book and tribute to his friend, Atticus.

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beautiful

if you like to hike and you have a dog you need to read this

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outstanding story of true friendship

listening to the author tell this story made the journey very special. I'm in the White Mountains often and will see them anew now.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Following Atticus loved, loved, lover

I never wanted the book to end! The way dogs nod mankind should live
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Anne one two three four

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
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amazing

What made the experience of listening to Following Atticus the most enjoyable?

I knew the areas and the story

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

When Atticus went down the "red carpet"

What does Tom Ryan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

whenever an author reads the book, it means so much more

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I cried and laughed and my heart raced throughout this book

Any additional comments?

anyone who loves dogs should read this...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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This Book will change your life

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like life, dogs, or family; then look no further. This is it.

What did you like best about this story?

You think the book is all about a guy and his dog who climb a bunch of mountains, but NO. The first 3 chapters throw you a curve ball but they are just setting you up for the fast ball right down the middle......swing away.

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  • June
  • United States
  • 12-11-12

All Dog Lovers Will Fall in Love with this book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, dog lover. I have a schaunzer and know what love they can give and how you just want to give it back.

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

Atticus reaching the summits

Have you listened to any of Tom Ryan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

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

yes

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I'm still thinking about Atticus weeks later!

If you could sum up Following Atticus in three words, what would they be?

Unforgettable, heartwarming, and inspiring.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course it was the main character, Atticus. His friend the author, Tom, made him come to life as I listened to the story. I have a little dog that I walk every morning while listening to books on my ipod. My dog became Atticus to me.

What about Tom Ryan’s performance did you like?

It was heartfelt and loving towards his dog and his father.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I cried several times but the one I remember is when Atticus received his award.

Any additional comments?

Since reading this book I've searched the internet for more pictures of Atticus and wish I could meet him in person.