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Dear Bob and Sue

Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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Fun book for park lovers

This was a humorous story from a husband and wife written in the form of emails to their best friends about their trip to the National Parks. It describes factors of each park, but isn't comprehensive of each park. it is entertainment not a travel guide. I'd recommend to those who like National Parks.

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Entertaining End to End

This was a lot of fun, and i intend to listen again. There is humor, and a wonderful way of "seeing" the country as the book goes along. It made me want to climb in an RV and take off for a year or two. It deserves another listen!

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Too long, too boring. Cute idea, needs a re-edit.

Oh dear where to start? I loved the idea of the trip. I even liked the premise of writing home to friends to describe the trip. But sweet baby jebus, this needs a deep edit. There is far too much time spent on detail that adds nothing to the overall story. The voice actors didn't help. I felt like I was stuck next to boring cousins at a family function and there was no booze.

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It was OK.

This book was OK. It is all about beer and complaining. Some highlights if you have visited some national parks. It was ok. Nothing special