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Dear Bob and Sue is the story of our (Matt and Karen Smith's) journey to all 59 US National Parks. We wrote the book as a series of emails to our friends, Bob and Sue, in which we share our humorous and quirky observations. It is at times irreverent, unpredictable, and sarcastic, all in the spirit of humor. We describe a few of our experiences in each park but do not provide an exhaustive overview of each experience or park.

We use these events as the vehicle to deliver insights about our relationship. We did not intend for this book to be a travel guide nor a recommendation for how to visit all 59 of the US National Parks, although many listeners have said they've found it to be a useful guide. Rather, it is our story about how we did it.

©2017 Matt and Karen Smith (P)2017 Tantor

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Loved it!

I don’t know the last time I enjoyed listening to an audio book this much!

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Sorry, but I found it boring.

While they may be lovely people, their story is painfully boring. It seems to be a random collection of Karen complaining of rodents, not listening to rangers, where they stayed and what they ate. I am glad they enjoyed their travels. But, this is a story is a mundane account of typical Americans who complain too much and adventure too little.

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Loved it!

Great book ...laugh out loud funny. Very interesting book about National Parks. Can’t wait for their next book on audible.

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Worst book I have ordered on Audible. So negative and not about their trip but everything that went wrong and bugged each other

All they did was complain about everything that they didn’t like or agree with. I was hoping for a book about all the goodness they found on their journey into nature. They both sounded like grouchy, self centered people. I stopped on Chapter 8 and horse manure gross description.

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  • Di B
  • New York
  • 09-18-18

Dear Matt and Karen, just stop

The premise of the book seemed appealing enough, and I could get some ideas for a trip or two of my own, but their banter just dragged on . Much of the banter was needless and the overall recounts of their stories were about as exciting as the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches they mentioned multiple times. I managed to finish the book, but the last number of parks are just one big blur, there' is only so much smalltalk of hiking, pizza, and beer one can take. The only redemption to this book is they did what they set out tomdo, however boring their recount is. Bob and Sue were lucky they stayed home and didn't have to hear Matt go on and on about the most insignificant things.

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Winey

These people are so critical. I am sure the stories are meant to be humorous, but I just don’t enjoy how winey they come off. I am at park #32 and the majesty and magnificence of the parks is lost in this memoir.

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wonderful journey

I really enjoyed this book and the narrator was perfect. This makes me want to grab my pack and head out with my husband on this amazing journey. we have been to many national parks but this gave me a whole new insight.

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It's A Better Read

I started reading this book and really enjoyed it so decided to use a credit to listen to it on my way to and from work.
I had to return it. Maybe a dumb reason but the narrators did not sound like what I thought Karen and Matt sounded like. "Karen" grated on my ears she was so overly dramatic.
I also got lost in where they were. I got to about the 12th park and had to hang it up.
I am enjoying the book but just not the audible version.

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A fun story

A fun story that makes you want to adventure travel. I laughed out loud many times. I’m inspired to sell it all and buy an airstream.

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  • Jeanne
  • Bartlesville, OK United States
  • 11-02-18

Bob and Sue Missed Out

Matt and Karen are the perfect, normal couple. Visiting all of the national parks with them was entertaining. I was sad the book ended, but excited to hear that there will be more. As a Bonus the narration was wonderful. I could listen to Susan Ericksen read the phone book and David Colacci also did a wonderful job. Listen and enjoy the trips!