• Free Outside

  • A Trek Against Time and Distance
  • By: Jeff Garmire
  • Narrated by: Jeff Garmire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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By: Jeff Garmire
Narrated by: Jeff Garmire
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A man walked into the woods, destined to spend eight months living in the wild. Exhausted and emotionally ruined living the fast-paced life of a successful young professional, it was all too easy to give up. The challenges came on the adventure of a lifetime. Months in the woods that would provide adversity, healing, and tranquility. Setting out to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and Continental Divide Trail in a single calendar year was an audacious goal but the 8,000 mile Calendar Year Triple Crown would be the story of a lifetime. 

The journey was riddled with inclement weather, shady characters, wildlife attacks, and injuries. The trails crossed frozen rivers, were rerouted around wildfires, and packed with snow. The physical challenge was soon overshadowed by the mental toughness required. It became a mental battle. 

Free Outside is a captivating story of strength and courage. Hiking through remote areas in America, Jeff is continually overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of strangers. Free Outside is the fascinating story of Jeff Garmire’s journey along the national scenic trails that define wild America.

Narrated by the author: Jeff Garmire. Enjoy this story of hiking 8,000 miles along the triple crown trails of America.

©2019 Jeff Garmire (P)2020 Jeff Garmire

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Great story...hard listen.

His accomplishment is incredible. It was really hard to literally listen to both his story and descriptions of terrain. The narration was garbled .. each sentence running into another to where one doesn’t really hear any of it...
I would love to hear this book again read by someone else..

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Good story, bad narration

Why, oh why do authors think they are the only ones who can narrate their books? Their insistence that they narrate it due to any reason including what they might think is the cost of hiring a professional voice talent (believe me, pro talent are way underpaid for audiobooks) almost always greatly hurts their audiobook. Their story suffers, their reputation suffers, the likelihood that a reader will buy their books in the future is reduced. Badly narrating your own book is an authorship career killer!!! Don’t do it. Alas, this author already did. He had a good story to tell, he wrote it well, but then he made the mistake of thinking he was the one to narrate it.

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Great Trail Experiences and Entertaining

Loved the book. If you enjoy backpacking or the outdoors, I think you will enjoy it too. I especially love that Jeff, the author, read it!

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Fun and inspiring without smarm

I just listened to this book again. I’m a backcountry caretaker more likely to set an SKT, but love going along for Garmire’s ~ aptly named Legend on trail ~ badass adventure hiking the Calendar Year Triple Crown. 10/10 would recommend this book; especially great listening in the woods. Bonus: the author’s voice is very pleasant!

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Story is good, narrated by author is horrible

I love listening to books about trail hikers so this one looked to be a really good find. Unfortunately, the author chose to narrate it and his voice and cadence is not good for audiobooks. It almost made me return the book, it was so hard to listen to, but I wanted to hear his story. The author tells you every meal that he ate, or didn’t eat, but leaves out juicy pieces about conversations with others that he mentions but does not elaborate on. I wanted to hear more of what the view was, not about his complaining about the food. Sorry, this was a big disappointment.

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  • 04-29-21

agree with Great story, Hard listen

Jeff should have gone with a narrator. Seems he reads with zero inflection as one sentence bleeds with the next. He just reads, like he just hikes and hikes, despite the incredible obstacles and distance. I made it to the end and felt a little like I too had to persist, as opposed to being carried along with his remarkable journey. Also found myself wondering why he did not talk a bit more about the "purpose" of his hike ... depression. No doubt a good and very worthy cause ... that I should learn more about. Very nice job Jeff. Quite the accomplishment.

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A Rushed Adventure, Story & Narration

This review is solely regarding the audiobook and its content. Jeff's calendar year triple crown is a fantastic achievement - but I don't feel that conveyed via this book. Jeff's narration is as rushed as his thru-hikes, both in the writing and the narration. In a fairly monotone voice, Jeff reads his manuscript like a schoolkid forced to read his essay to the class. Sentences blend without pause, paragraph breaks seem non-existent and rarely is any one detail given more than a line or two before Jeff moves on to the next subject.

Halfway through the book, Jeff mentions that he is hiking to raise awareness for suicide prevention, but we never really find out why or how. It's just another shred of information tossed to the wayside.

And then it ends. No epilogue, no wrap-up, he just reaches his destination and stoutly announces The. End.

So, yeah. Impressed with the feat but not with the book.

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Read in a fast monotone

I find this book unlistenable as it is recited quickly in a monotone. Seems like an interesting story but I just can’t listen any more. Auddible won’t let me return this title.

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Disappointing

Jeff might be considered a professional hiker but should have left narration of his story to an actual professional. Talks quite fast & the story is like one looooooooooong ass sentence. I was looking forward to hearing about his experiences on these trails but couldn’t stand hearing his narration past the part of the book. Really a shame what is probably a great experience & story is ruined by this.

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Really enjoyed this book!

In my opinion, the book got better and better. I was first little bit disappointed, due to a pretty brief and not so detailed coverage of the AT. But as mentioned, it got better and better, and as “Legend” ended his journey, I also wished the journey would go on!

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  • Iain
  • 07-15-20

Inspiring

Well done Jeff. I loved your story and. Found it both inspiring and fascinating. I love stories of personal adventure and overcoming adversity. I hope you find another adventure to document and share with us in the future. My only criticism and this hopefully is constructive would be the lack of punctuation in the narration. The sentences seemed to flow into each other without natural pause. All that aside you inspired me and I loved the book. Well done and well played for doing it to bring peoples attention to depression and how it affects anyone.