• Unlost

  • A Journey of Self-Discovery and the Healing Power of the Wild Outdoors
  • By: Gail Muller
  • Narrated by: Gail Muller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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By: Gail Muller
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Publisher's Summary

"Gail writes with humour, heart and passion." (Giovanna Fletcher, Sunday Times number one best-selling author)

Includes exclusive audio commentary from Gail straight from her trail experience

Gail Muller was told she’d be in a wheelchair by the age of 40. At 41, she set out to hike one of the world’s toughest treks: the Appalachian Trail - a 2,200-mile journey that would help her reclaim her life and heal her mind and body. An inspiring, moving, and uplifting memoir for fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love

As Gail took her first steps through the wilderness of the USA, she had no idea what lay ahead of her, but she knew she felt burnout from city life, lost and broken - ready to heal a mind and body that she had battled with for so long. 

From the resilience-building mountain climbs, painful injuries, and harsh reality of braving the raw elements, to the unexpected friendships forged with other hikers and the kindness of strangers offering food and shelter - with every step, Gail started to let go of a past dominated by chronic pain and reconnected with herself in a way she’d never been able to before. 

A love letter to the healing power of the wild outdoors and an incredible testament to the strength of the human spirit, Gail’s story is for anyone who has ever felt stuck in a rut, lost, or scared. She shows us that even in our darkest times, it’s possible to find our inner grit, face our fears, and feel hopeful.

©2021 Gail Muller (P)2021 Thread, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Excellent!

I listen to a LOT of books. I listen to a good number of backpacking travel journal type books as well. I honestly think this is the best one I’ve ever listened to. It’s incredibly well written and engaging. I normally do not care for the author to also narrate but in this case it truly made for the best experience. I’m looking forward to following Gail on her next adventures!

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A True Hiking Story

I met Appalachian Gail going Northbound the same year she hiked Southbound, and her book captures the trail experience far better than Wild or Walk in the Woods. I listened to the audio version while hiking on the Continental Divide Trail, and she had me laughing out loud and sorely missing the community on the Appalachian Trail.Definitely check out her work!

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Not bad but not great!

I simply didn’t care for all the swearing, alcohol use reports a well as the legal and illegal use of marijuana. I guess the narration gave me a dirty feeling. I’ve listened to and read a number of AT and PCT hiking accounts—none with the degree of swearing, etc., of this book.

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loved it

love, love, loved this book! amazing! great story of overcoming and rising above struggles in life

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Hiking

I enjoyed this book. Great story- I was right there with the author as she read it. I hope to hike the trail myself in the near future. The book was informative as well emotionally moving. I recommend it.

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Good book!

The narration was great! The story line was good too, but I feel it could have been a little more descriptive. She gave a great description of her first month, but then it got kinda rushed. Overall super good though!

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Honest & Funny with a greeeat voice

Funny and real. I love how raw and honest this book is. I love it shows physical struggles as well as the psychological ones concerning intimacy, selfesteem and navigating in relationships.

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Unique Take, Enjoyable Listen

I’ve listened and read a lot of books about the AT. This one not only hit home for personal reasons. But, just left me feeling like she let us in to every corner of her journey; both physical and emotional. Having the author read and add her on trail recordings was a bonus.

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A great experience!

She told her story straight from her heart. Didn't pull any punches. Loved it!

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Glass always half full

Inspiring with plenty of positive outlook despite great challenges and pain. Also informative should this twist your arm to undertake the hike.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-13-21

Bloody loved it

Not your usual outdoorsy memoir, this made me think, on occasion chop some onions, and feel inspired. The gentle (and never unkind) poking of fun at both herself and others adds humour to some interesting, sometimes bizarre and sometimes moving experiences. Please read it!

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  • Mrs. L. Stonehouse
  • 07-20-22

personal and connected

loved it! Briliantly read by the author, a great story of personal challenges, funny, relentless, personal. it's not about the walking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-22

Not what I expected

I was hoping to come away with much more of a feeling for the trail, the route, the scenery, the flora and fauna. The changing landscapes gojng through the different states. It kind of started well and I was optimistic about it but then it descended into this weird "love" story where she was on and off with a much younger man on the trail who seemed like a right pain in the rear and pretth much treated her like dirt. Got to the point where if she mentioned Buckshot one more time I was going to give it up! I still don't understand the source of her chronic pain either, and what helped, although she talks about it a lot. Pleasant enough and the author clearly is pretty determined and resilient but wasn't the inspiring tale I had hoped for sadly.

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  • Sallyanne McCrory
  • 07-07-22

What a fantastic journey

loved it all. didn't want it to end. Gail has a wonderful voice and so soothing too. she tells her story so well. So very captivating. Definitely listen to this book. Well done. x

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  • JohnJenner
  • 06-14-22

wonderful read

inspirational, you would not believe someone could have lived through so much crap & then rise above it.

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  • kerry ann
  • 06-13-22

Great read for a free spirit.

If you've holidayed, travelled, backpacked alone or are just interested in the stories of those who have, this one is for you.
Relationships, courage and turmoil are all in play as Gail fights to get through the hardest moments of her trail. Really enjoyed this read

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  • Seboto
  • 05-04-22

Wanted to like it but fell short of expectation.

It is marketed as "An inspiring, moving, and uplifting memoir for fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love."
Well, I truly like these 2 books but this one is not my cup of tea.
Interesting background stories, moving on numerous occasions; but the journey/travel in itself was uninspiring to me. Felts like someone wanting to relive her missed youth and party with fellow hikers whilst trying to find herself. It was hard going at times and the last 2 hours of the book were a struggle.
Still, got to admire the long arduous hike!

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  • David
  • 04-24-22

Well done Gail 👍🏼

I identified with living with chronic pain, heartwarming and inspiring, and very enjoyable, bless you!

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  • Jonathan T
  • 03-26-22

Tale of resilience

It's a fine account of Gail bettling to overcome the physical challenges life has set her. The emotion is laid bare, but that's her character. There are a couple of very tough passages to read, but they are essential to the story.

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  • Abi Cubitt
  • 03-03-22

Loved it! Beautifully written! 😊

Really made you want to walk! Great storytelling! Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! 🤗 Hope Gail does another 🤞🏻

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  • 10-11-22

Laughing and Crying

so good, very well put together fantastic story really painted the scene relatable in many ways, thank you its been great 👍

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  • lisa
  • 09-14-22

Such a strange way to tell a story

The author has quite a nice voice, but for some reason she sounds like shes uncomfortable telling her own story.
I couldnt get engaged in her journey, even though it probably was quite amazing.
Maybe pick a different narrator next time?

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  • Miss Rachel L Scoltock
  • 08-21-22

Adventure & Inspiration

I loved it. The author /narrator has a wonderful voice and sense of humour. She writes beautifully without pretension. Gail tells the story of her enormous achievement and the challenges along the way with a sense of wisdom, humility and awe. You feel safe in her company I'm left inspired and with the sense of a story well told. 10 stars

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-22

Loved it!

Great narration, very entertaining and funny. Loved the extra little snippets of audio from the trail. Definitely recommend, will likely listen again! Have inspired me to get out on a multi day hike very soon :)

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  • Katie
  • 01-15-22

HONESTLY HILARIOUS

This book is so funny, I laughed out loud SO MANY TIMES. I hope she attempts the triple crown and write books about it all!

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  • HeidiHike
  • 01-10-22

Unlost?! more like "F me up (but in a good way)"

Holy F.

All Hail Gail.

The literary badass.

I've never read something so achingly soulful in such a disgustingly beautiful way.

Thank god for your book and what an incredible storyteller you are.

I listened to it on audible on the hike from hell. It was a section of the Australian Alps Walking Track (Benambra section). It was deep bush bashing through a swamp, shoulder-high blackberries and inconspicuous wombat holes. I cried. Alot. Often. Without warning.

I can't even put into words the level of healing that book has had on me. As I was clambering over fire-damaged trees I sobbed my way through Chapter 10. Your words gave me such an intimate 'you too as well' hug. Snot faced and teetering between traumatic flashback "Memories of heavy hands on me in the dark" ...and pissing myself laughing at your electric diction. I was always on the edge of my seat/summit to see where you were headed next. Back and forth you balanced emotion and humour in such a delicate and meaningful way.

I finally understand. The mind is the body and the body is the mind. One cannot be healthy without the other. They are one.

"This stirred in me the memory before the fear. I knew going through the process of getting my courage would bring physical pain with it too. My mental trauma always loved some physical company."

Your book has helped me immensely.

It's shown me that powerful women with traumatic incidents build formidable foundations and do find ways to move forward to enjoy life in the most unimaginably beautiful ways. Thank you for being my trailblazer.

...I wrote and wrote and wrote your quotes all day and just trudged on.
"I was going to struggle but I was going to f-ing do it anyway"

But my god. I screeched every time I heard about F-shot... sorry I meant Buckshot. It echoed through the valleys. I always screeched:
With laughter
With 'f-ing dickhead'
With 'yep been there done that'
With 'Holy f- I wish someone ate him for breakfast'

To be frank, I genuinely think listening to you on audible was the REAL cherry on top. No one outdoes a cornish gal attempting a thick American accent hahaha. 11/10 quality listening.

So Thank You Very Much For Writing That. What a pleasure it was. So... when is the next one coming out?

Thanks again and love your work.

P.S. We should play a drinking game with your audible "take a shot every time Gail says 'F-'". I think we would be dead, but at least we'd die laughing.

Cheers (and hope to see you on trail one day)!

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  • ecologist
  • 12-12-21

Loved this hiking trail book. More depth than most.

I love hiking books. This one was lovely and a bit different to others. Really enjoyed both the story, the journey and the reading of this tale. Thanks so much. I love the way it unfolds. Taking the listen through different life phases. How fantastic



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  • Abigail Field`
  • 09-10-21

Raw, brave, inspirational and vivid

I am no hiker but I am a passionate lover of language, of nature, of experiences outside of my own, and of badass women. This story was an adventure for the spirit, mind and soul; an absolute pleasure-read which taught me so much about endurance, self-love and the power of belief. Articulate and erudite this listening experience was an utter pleasure :)