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Publisher's Summary

This is a terrific audiobook. It's interesting, well-written, and timely. It's the story of a textbook editor who retires, reads the popular book The Wild Effect and decides to hike the Appalachian Trail - and have an unexpected adventure

The tone is wry humor, tongue in cheek - the author has a great sense of humor, is perky, and as she learns in this adventure, is often in over her head! She is a very likeable character.

©2018 Jane E. Congdon (P)2018 Bettie Youngs Book Publishers

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A Little Disappointed

I will keep this brief... I did not dislike this book, but I ended up feeling like I had listened to a lot of personal whining. The basic information about the AT was good, very informative, but the decisions about personal relationships got a bit tiresome.

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Daily Grind

This is an account of the author's daily grind. Not much of a story line. I made it to the end but like her on the A.T., I was waiting for it to be over.

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very enjoyable listen.

this book kept my attention. she was very easy to listen to and a very enjoyable. thanks for sharing your story!

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Appalachian Trail ...personal memoirs

Loved this book....lived near the AT in the East for first 32 years of life and always loved the short hikes....for someone to try to take on 2200 miles is fascinating. JC is within a few years of my age and I wanted not only an older hiker's thoughts but also a woman's point of view...was not disappointed....was sad to get to the end!

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Truly enjoyed

As all through hiking books do, it will leave you inspired and longing for adventure. After reading "Wild", this book called to me to hear how someone else, besides me, became motivated to step out of our comfort zone and to walk with ourselves, learn of the trials, tribulations and joys of the hike.

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Worst AT Book ever!

I have read almost all the AT books out there and have been inspired and in awe but this book is nothing but two old ladies arguing the whole time. This book makes me NOT want to hike the AT. Good for anyone at any age that can hike, but doesn’t mean other people want to hear about it, especially when the dialogue is so annoying!

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I was hopeful, but

If I ever wanted to hear a step by step, day by day, this would be a terrific book. Unfortunately, that was not my desire. I did not want to hear all the whining, complaining, etc. I wished she had gotten off the trail and ended the story. Unfortunately I was also hoping she would describe parts of the trail I had hiked to get a comparison. But she completely blew past those parts in order to complain about her companion. The author may be a better writer than hiker if she learned “hike your own hike”! You

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Pathetically whiny

This book is the worst outdoor book of the several dozens that I have read in 50 years. The author has chosen to trash a hiking companion of her own choosing. Nothing of value worth spending one's time on. Repeated complaints about hiking pace, food, trail objective hazards, companion incompatibilities all get tiresome mighty fast. I suggest books like "Hiking Through" and others like it if one wants an enjoyable AT hiking tale. Anything but this downer.

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Enjoyable Book! LOVED IT.

Makes me wanna go hike! Very enjoyable book! Hope she hikes the PCT and writes a book!

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Really?

Listened to this on the way to a long backpacking trip. Parts are so inaccurate as to make me laugh. She pitched her tend on a 45 degree slope.... and then slept in it... Really? She could only walk 20 steps and then stop... for the entire AP.... Really? She would place her feet in the exact place as her hiking partners foot steps..... Really? Later she closes her eyes whenever they traverse scree or boulders so she wont see how her partner crossed.... Really? Look at the cover with the rather new boots with brand new duct tape stuck on... Really? She hiked the AP.... Really?

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