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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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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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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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loved the great Adventure they took me on

it was great to hear the two voices as they walked me through their journey.

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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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Great Book!

I wasn't crazy about the narrators at first, but they grew on me over time. This book gives you a taste (and some personal impressions) of each of our national parks. I love the humor and humanity that we find in Matt and Karen. Too many travel books lack the humor and frustration that comes along with the trip. I love that they were open about their mistakes and the way they felt about each park. I feel like they are my traveling partners, as my husband and I are also visiting all of the national parks.

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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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National Parks!

Wonderful book! Don’t miss it!
Informative yet entertaining with just the right amount of humor!

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Annoying narration

I couldn’t wait for this book to be finished. I thought the male narrator had an undertone that was negative, complaining and I couldn’t get past it. There was a lot of what was probably intended to be good-natured grousing, but to me it sounded like he was whining about his wife and other people they met. I wanted to hear some joy and awe from what had to
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Keep moving and keep your sense of humor


When Matt and Karen Smith quit their jobs and set the goal to visit all 58 National Parks, little did they know the letters and emails shared with their friends Bob and Sue would form this delightful and informative book. This is in no way a travel guide as far as hiking tips, best places to stay, eat and such. (After listening to the book, I surmise their diet consists of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pizza and beer.) Rather it is a testament to setting goals, getting along with others, keeping moving, and keeping a sense of adventure alive, the foibles married life and what not to do if a bear chases you, among other things. Bob does not let the natural beauties of the parks keep him from observing the oddities of caves, bats, weather and his fellow travelers, Karen included. Karen also chimes in with her observations as well. David Colacci and Susan Ericksen are wonderful as Matt and Karen and keep this story moving along.
While this book may lack something in the way of nuts and bolts about planning an actual tour of the parks, its infectious story telling will surely ignite a desire for a tour of your own. Sometimes a “travel book” is just what you need to listen to on a road trip with a loved one, Dear Bob and Sue is just that book.....this is the next" listen to" for a road trip with my husband.