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I was engaged by this book from the very first chapter and was really enjoying it until I got to chapter 18 - at which point his belief in God came into the equation - I am a passionate atheist and it turned my stomach to the point that I stopped listening there and then and was about to get a refund for the book - so I could get another one - and decided to give it another chance: that was a good decision as he doesn't mention anything about 'God' again until the last chapter.
The narrator was brilliant, the narration was brilliant.
The account of his trail adventure was most excellent and I genuinely was engaged from start to finish.
He gets preachy in the last chapter (in a non-religious way) on how to live life - which I found annoying - but I am feeling charitable and will forgive him that! ;-)
It gives a really good account of life on the trail, people he met, and the towns, mountains etc he experienced along the way.
I live in the UK and I have read about five books to date on thru-hiking on the AT and PCT and he does a very good job of bringing places and experiences that are thousands of miles away from me and my front door straight to me.
A must read for those who have an interest in long distance hiking, or are seeking inspiration for adventure.
I love reading about the challenges of through hiking on long trails like the AT & PCT. The wilderness, animals, weather and characters you meet along the way always pull me in. This story had it all. It was as if I was hiking right along with Jeff. He gave great detail of the Appalachian Trail and his experiences along the way.
You could tell this book was written by a first time writer and there were some misspellings but I didn't care. Jeff is a good guy trying to do something great for someone he loves. I felt his story was interesting and heartfelt. It's worth the read /listen.
If your looking for a super great book on hiking I recommend "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson (read it 3 times) or "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, a fantastic book!
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I love stories about epic journeys on foot, and the A.T is one of the most epic.
Really enjoyed Jeff's good natured, upbeat, steady-paced telling of his journey, could totally visualise being on the trail and it was engaging from beginning to end. Loved hearing about the landscape and terrain, the psychological ups and downs, the hiking strategies, the fellow through hikers, the shelters and the towns along the way, all very entertaining. For a non-professional writer, Jeff writes very well.
I'd already read Bill Bryson's Walk In The Woods, and if you want lots of reseach, history and hilariousness I highly recommend that - but it was great to hear this story knowing that Jeff had made it all the way to the end. In fact there was barely a moment when he doubted he would, which I imagine is pretty rare on the A.T.
As for tears and laughter - quite a few gentle laughs and just a few tears at the incredible acheivement of completion. If you like hearing about heroically long hikes over mountains and through forests, you should DEFINITELY get this.
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