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Thirst

2600 Miles to Home
Narrated by: Heather Costa
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

By age 25, Heather Anderson had hiked what is known as the "Triple Crown" of backpacking: the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail - a combined distance of 7,900 miles with a vertical gain of more than one million feet. A few years later, she left her job, her marriage, and a dissatisfied life and walked back into those mountains.  

In her new memoir, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, Heather, whose trail name is "Anish", conveys not only her athleticism and wilderness adventures, but also shares her distinct message of courage - her willingness to turn away from the predictability of a more traditional life in an effort to seek out what most fulfills her. Amid the rigors of the trail - pain, fear, loneliness, and dangers - she discovers the greater rewards of community and of self, conquering her doubts and building confidence. Ultimately, she realizes that records are merely a catalyst, giving her purpose, focus, and a goal to strive toward.

©2019 Heather Anderson (P)2019 Tantor

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This book was nearly impossible to put down.

Anish (aka Heather Anderson) told a spellbinding story of setting a speed record of hiking the PCT. She seemed to take me on her journey as she described physical and emotional struggles. Before reading this book, I could not understand why a hiker would want to hurry through the beautiful PCT. Not only did I grow to understand what motivated Anish, and possibly other elite, endurance athletes, but I cheered for her all the way.

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I wish someone else were narrating this

I am loving this story and really wishing there was someone else reading it. I've only listened to about 3 hours and am already tired of the speaker. Her voice is much better suited for the romance novels she usually reads. It is completely out of place and distracting in this story. I wouldn't purchase another book read by her. Too distracting.

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inspiring

I love this book. It's an amazing story of determination, motivation and self empowerment. I'm inspired by Heathers willingness to be open and vulnerable to the world, so that people can understand that everyone can do things they think are impossible. She does a great job of expressing her roller coaster of emotions throughout her journey. Thank you Heather for inspiring this scaredy cat to get out and be a lioness!

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Captivating story of overcoming!

Heather "Anish" is not only a great hiker, record setter, and overcomer but is also an excellent writer! I appreciated her transparency and vulnerability while sharing her story of struggle, adventure, and warring thoughts. She takes you on her journey as she accomplishes, against all odds, what she set out to do. She is an inspiration to all!

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Excellent....but,

Loved the story, but never quite settled into the readers voice. It kept me from complete emersion in the story.

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Wonderful

At first it was hard to listen to all her self doubt and hear the mistakes she made. But I had to keep on listening to hear the outcome of this journey. so good.

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  • Qtsbuster
  • Knob Noster, MO United States
  • 05-20-19

Anish Is An Inspiration

This was an enjoyable read. Anish is not only an amazing athlete, but a great writer! I love reading things like this that give me a vision of what the human body can do. I also love the peace I find in the woods. This book encapsulates both.

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  • Ballzdeep
  • The Great lakes state Michigan
  • 05-19-19

great book I can't stand the reader though.

a great book about an amazing feat of physical and mental strength needed to accomplish her goals. only negative is the reader, myself and both my daughters opted to read the book instead of listening, due to the readers inflection makes every sentence sound like a question, I don't know but should be re-read by someone else.

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The Epitome of Inspiration

Your story was more than an inspiration to me, it touched my soul. I have always struggled, throughout my life, trying to figure out who I was, what I was to do in this life, what my purpose was. Your story has shown me that it's ok to be different, to feel different, to face those demons that seem so ready to taunt and torment the mind, the negative thoughts that seem to jump on any waiver of courage just to bring you down. Your bravery, determination and drive has throughly thoroughly inspired me. Thank you so much!

~"Pizza"~

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Wow!

So many great people doubt theirselves so much. I really admire Heather. Love love love