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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,240 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Miller Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469242972
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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 audiobook 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

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miller is a wonderful writer who…puts such thoughts on paper about as well as anyone.”

    Florida Today

  • “Whether an armchair traveler or an active outdoor enthusiasts, AWOL On The Appalachian Trail is very highly recommended reading.”

    Midwest Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Sigler | 2/19/2014

    " Superb book! I loved it...exceptional descriptions of life on the trail! Took me back..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin Price | 2/12/2014

    " If you are looking for a meaningful, insightful memoir about thru hiking, this isn't it. If you are looking for a trail journal that starts to sound suspiciously like a guidebook (oh, look at that, Mr. Miller now writes the trail guidebook, how interesting...) then you have come to the right place. I kept expecting some kind of big revelation of self and sense of purpose and never found it. In fairness to the author, I think he was expecting this as well and never found it on the trail. Not a terrible read, but not quite was I was looking for either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Nelle | 2/8/2014

    " Realistic memoir about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Miller gives readers the good and the bad. It really made me want to hit the trails. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Red | 1/22/2014

    " This was an interesting enough book of a man who hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004. It's more of a diary then an action or adventure story. Not a lot happens, besides walking, walking, and more walking. But it kept my interest, and confirmed my belief that I will never do the AT myself. ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed Awol writing style. I'm amazed how so many people can make the same journey and all find the experience so different. Like they say hike your own hike "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Kiguru | 1/17/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this book. It makes me want to go for a long hike, even in the rain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalleen | 1/12/2014

    " Quick read that somehow makes the day to day mundane trail details interesting. Makes me want to start hiking it tomorrow... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/18/2013

    " Well done - a very personal biography of a thru-hiker. If you have an interest in traversing the AT, I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 12/14/2013

    " Great book if you like to read about long distance hiking, which I do! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audie | 12/7/2013

    " The best account of an AT thru hike that I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Pellegrini | 11/10/2013

    " Great book, very inspiring... Tended to focus on the negatives of the AT rather than the positives. I would like to hear more of the inspirational views and experiences with solo nature hiking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms. Sloggett | 11/9/2013

    " I admire the guy! Hiking just one overnight on the trail is near the top of my bucket list. I've only made it a mile so far due to prior injury; glad to know the dangers and joys! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Staub | 9/15/2013

    " Nice book. Funny. One of the many AT books I love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 8/8/2013

    " This book was a real page turner (or since I used my kindle, a button pusher?) It makes me want to quit my job and hike the 2172 miles of the appalachian trail. It was thoughtfully written and very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 8/5/2013

    " As an avid hiker, I thought this book was wonderful! It focused on the trail, and only a small bit on the philosophical journey. Some might find that frustrating, but it was just what I was looking for. On a summer when I wasn't able to make it home, it was a good way to get my Appalachian fix:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 7/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed the personal account of his adventures on the Appalachian Trail. Very descriptive of the trail as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 5/30/2013

    " i want to go hiking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekki | 3/10/2013

    " Makes me want to go hiking! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 2/26/2013

    " Excellent account of AWOL's journey on the AT. I felt I could escape while reading this hiking memoir. Highly recommend. Beautifully written epilogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 2/7/2013

    " I loved this book. It had a great mix of information, personal challenges and cool stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 12/11/2012

    " This reads like a lightly edited trail journal. Probably most enjoyable if you have an interest in hiking and a connection to the AT. "

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About the Author

David Miller is the author of The A. T. Guide, a guidebook for hiking the Appalachian Trail, as well as AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, a narrative of the author’s two-thousand mile journey. A former software enginer, he lives in Titusville, Florida, with his family.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.