AWOL on the Appalachian Trail Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller

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In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller's account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning. This is not merely a travel guide; it is a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man's journey and the insights gained by abandoning what is comfortable and routine. "David Miller's AWOL makes you feel the pain and joy of an Appalachian Trail thru-hike...In vivid colors, David paints a picture of his memorable journey." - Larry Luxenberg Director of the Appalachian Trail Museum



  • The narrative of 'AWOL on the Appalachian Trail' offers a lot of insights to prospective hikers planning to trek the Appalachian Trail. It effectively captures the unique aspects of the trail, including the diverse range of people encountered, the challenging terrain, and the emotional rollercoaster experienced by hikers. The author's descriptions of the trail, its events, and the personalities of fellow hikers ring true, based on my own experiences. The Appalachian Trail is a place where the idealistic concept of nature encounters the harsh realities of the wilderness, and the author's story revolves around his ability to adapt and merge with the trail's culture and demands. While Christopher Lane's narration may not be outstanding, it was sufficient to hold my attention and keep me engaged.
  • I'm totally convinced that the previous reviews were all penned by buddies trying to help out, but they're seriously leading folks astray. This book is simply a snooze-fest diary of some middle-aged guy on a quest to find purpose. Save yourself the trouble and give it a pass.
  • The story was alright, just your average journey to the trail in search of self-discovery. I've gone through other books about the Appalachian Trail, and this one, despite the narrator being solid, fell short in terms of the story.
  • The 'AWOL on the Appalachian Trail' is primarily a straightforward hiking journal that would greatly benefit from being presented in a physical book format accompanied by visuals. It lacks detailed descriptions of the terrain and scenery that could be effectively conveyed through pictures. The audio book's narration is the major drawback, as the narrator's voice resembles that of a refined English butler, which does not align with the subject matter of a hiking book. There were instances when I had to switch it off and even contemplated not completing it altogether. However, I persevered through the narrator's irritating voice, constant lip smacking, and heavy breathing, much like the author pushing himself on the trail. To save yourself from such annoyance, I suggest opting for the printed version of the book.