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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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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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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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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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Enjoyable

The details about the trail and people were well-done. The tone of both author and narrator was sometimes a bit annoyingly dismissive where it might have been more introspective (and maybe I am put off by her lack of appreciation for my beautiful state of Maine). I was very frustrated by her continuing to wear shoes that obviously didn't fit. Enjoyed it overall though.

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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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Loved this book!

As an aging adult woman who lives hiking, I loved this book! I found myself saying "yes!" so many times. The narration was fantastic and I could feel everything I was listening to. Thank you for sharing your story.

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A mean feat hiking of and with Miles on the AT

When a wordsmith and former book editor chooses (and even in the earliest stages, feels an unsettled sense of misgiving) to walk as a hiking rookie with an admitted proponent of brevity, "Issues" will arise.

Ms Congdon's account of her travails and stumbles with Trail-named "Miles", a former underling at their previous employment.(Red flag, Ms Congdon!) Through significant portions of the Appalachian Trail in 2015, she reveals insights and introspection as challenging as her wariness and fear of thunderstorms and things which might or might not go bump in the night as the trail itself. I wonder if Ms Congdon is a Virgo, whose animal totem is the rabbit and, in the form of the gift of a tiny glass rabbit, was one of her most valued companions.

I cringed and gritted my teeth as the author related incident after incident in which her female companion, "Miles", berated, railed and demanded Ms Congdon to commit to meeting Miles's vaunted expectations of a trail companion. Knowing Ms Congdon grew up in a tiny West Virginia town with alcoholic parents did help me to understand her reluctance to challenge authority, but, oh, dear! How I longed for Ms Congdon to "grow a pair"!

In balance, if you seek a memoir of the Appalachian Trail, absolutely listen to her book. A note to potential younger readers: this is the account of your mother, grand-mother and great aunt. No skinny dipping, "smoking", boozing or intimate encounters on this trail! :-) But you will learn about perseverance and about the critical components of truthful commitment along the AT and in the journey of life.

Ms Congdon returned from this adventure and other forays into section of the AT with a significant appreciation of Nature and the esteem with which, at the end of the day, one cannot obtain from another without sourcing it within self.

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Changed my mind

Good story. I dream of hiking the AT, but have a hip and foot issue to fix first. This story has also given me some cause to rethink a thru hike... which might be a wise thing.
I would have much preferred to hear the story read but the author.

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Great motivation!

This book was recommended to me because I am scared of everything too. Especially wild animals and bugs. This was a great story about persistence and facing your fears and mind over matter and never giving up, even when you are with someone who judges you constantly and makes you feel inferior. I have read "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed, which is referenced in this book a lot. I am glad i read that book before this one. They go together very well. So not to give spoilers, I will say the ending was very inspiring, and validation is always so nice!

I wish the narrator had an older sounding voice, but she was good, with the exception of mispronouncing Cheryl Stayed's name the entire time. So be prepared to overlook that.