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"I never set out to hike 10,000 miles. It just sort of happened over the course of a decade." And so goes Lawton Grinter's compelling collection of short stories that have been over ten years and 10,000 trail miles in the making. I Hike brings the reader trailside with blissful moments on the highest mountain ridges to the mental lows of mosquito hell and into some peculiar situations that even seasoned hikers may find unbelievable.

Between jobs and in search of something more, Lawton Grinter spent the better part of a decade hiking America's longest trails. In doing so he came face to face with things that go bump in the night, the kindness of strangers, a close encounter with hypothermia and the absurd rights of passage common to the eccentric people that call themselves long-distance hikers.

Anyone who's ever stepped off the pavement will appreciate these humorous and sometimes agonizing accounts of trail life. I Hike will make you laugh, cry, cringe and leave you wanting to read more!

©2012 Lawton Grinter (P)2014 Lawton Grinter

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The best hiking book I've read yet

I've read dozens of audiobooks on multiple topics, including several hiking books (including Wild, A Walk In the Woods, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, A Walk for Sunshine and Just Passin' Through). While I enjoyed most of the other hiking books, I Hike is by far my favourite.
This is the first Audible book I've read that I shouted out "NOOOOO" in dismay at the end because I didn't want it to be over! It's a very entertaining retelling of the author's hiking adventures. If you're into the outdoors and hiking, just get this book.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • kgohl
  • WORCESTER, VT, United States
  • 01-13-15

Great hiking tales

As a long-distance hiker and consumer of trail and adventure books, I found this short read to be entertaining, real, and a spur to get back on the trail, any trail. Many of the author's adventures are fun; some are compelling and useful. This book is a good midwinter read for those dreaming of hiking days to come.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good story, lack luster reader

The compilation of stories is entertaining and shows a different spin from your typical narrative on hiking. I feel as though I would have enjoyed this more had I read it myself versus hearing it. The author is EXCEPTIONALLY monotonous---zero inflection. Listener beware.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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2 interesting stories

What disappointed you about I Hike?

The author was the most boring narrator I have heard so far in an Audible book. This book should come with a disclaimer to not listen while driving as it just may make you fall asleep. Also, the 2 or 3 attempts at humor made by the author fell flat.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

That's it? It's over? Where was the humor? This guy hiked 10,000 miles, many of which were with his significant other, and those are the most interesting stories he had?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lawton Grinter?

Anyone.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Hike?

Each and every one that had a central theme that revolved around going number 1, number 2, or number 3.

Any additional comments?

When I started listening I noticed right away that the narrator (also the hiker/author) was monotone and boring. For the first few chapters he gets away with it since he was the hiker, and if I tricked myself into thinking that he was telling me a story, rather than reading me a book, I was able to get past it. His ability to get away with it ended once chapter 7 rolled around and the author caught a case of "the literallies". (That's when someone uses the word literally far more often than they should). At one point he even "literally held his breath for minutes". The book was a great idea. More stories like the one about the lost hiker or about experiences with trail angels would have been great. If you are looking for a good read, don't get this book. If you have an insatiable appetite for long distance hiking stories then you know you are going to buy this book anyway, so go for it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Mouth Noise

The story itself was fine. It didn't really bring anything new to the table as far as books about thru hiking are concerned, but it was entertaining enough. However, the author should not have read this. If you are sensitive to smacking mouth noises, do not listen to this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved these genuine accounts of what it truly is to long distance hike!

Unlike a lot of other great books about distance hiking, this one skips around to hit Grinter's most memorable experiences while out on the trail. Compelling, humorous, and yet melancholy at times this book captures the true experience of distance hiking. A cover-to-cover read. Loved it! Made me want to start planning my next big hike.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Better Stories than other Hiking Travelogues

What did you love best about I Hike?

Because the author has hiked the Triple Crown of long distance hiking (Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails, he organized this quite nicely around different topics but then chose stories from different trails to illustrate his concepts. The approach worked as I wasn't really confused by the jumping around in time and place.

What did you like best about this story?

The author has a wealth of experiences and he writes about them well enough to make you feel that you understood what he was really thinking at the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Should have been much more interesting

What could Lawton Grinter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I like the idea of having different short stories from his many backpacking trips included in the one book, but some of them are very uneventful and left me wondering why he thought it would be entertaining enough to put it in the book. I also found his narrating performance to be very monotone and lacking of enthusiasm. It wasn’t a bad book, just nothing to get excited about.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good listen, very entertaining

Would you listen to I Hike again? Why?

Author obviously has first hand experiences. Impossible to tell which stories might not be completely true but there all funny and maybe even educational, once in a while.

What did you like best about this story?

If youve ever hiked any distance you can relate and its obvious hes hiked

Have you listened to any of Lawton Grinter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

NA

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme

Any additional comments?

If your looking for an insider look at hiking with a good sense of humor this is worth the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Incredible Story!!!

This was an amazing story of an amazing hiker of whom I am envious. I'm now ready to hit the trails.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful