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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Ryan Narrator: Tom Ryan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780062095824
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A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home. . . .

Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation: how a five-pound puppy pierced the heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman, opening his eyes to the world’s beauty and its possibilities. An unforgettable saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, it’s an inspiring tale of finding love and discovering your true self.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Far more than just a typical man-and-his-dog account…Ryan and Atticus have delivered on all counts.”

    Manchester Union Leader

  • “Part adventure story, part memoir, but most important[ly], a love story, this entertaining and joyous book proves that dog really is man’s best friend and vice versa.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rivetingly portrayed…There’s immense pathos in the frank depiction of the author’s turbulent relationship with his father…In befriending Atticus and carrying his father’s memory to those serene  mountain peaks, Ryan admits he discovered a rare peacefulness, a quality that underscores this touching chronicle.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Boston Globe bestseller
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 10/28/2011

    " Beautifully written. Heartwarming. You will love little Atticus and Tom. A must read. I just could not put this book down. When finished, I felt like I had lost two friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 10/7/2011

    " From beginning to end, captivating, exciting, warm, tender and all the things you look for in a book. Mini Schnauzers are my favorite breed but you don't need to be a dog lover to read this book. It is so much more. Thank you Tom and Atticus for sharing your wonderful life together with us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/5/2011

    " Didn't want it to end, but couldn't put it down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/2/2011

    " Interesting enough, and Mr. Ryan is a good writer. But I never bothered to finish it, as there was no real point to it. Pretty much this is a self-important small-town political journalist looking for an excuse to write a book and make it big. "

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About the Author

Tom Ryan is the founder of the Newburyport, Massachusetts newspaper, The Undertoad, and served as its publisher and editor for over a decade. In 2007, he sold the newspaper and moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his dog, Atticus M. Finch. Over the last five years, Tom and Atticus have climbed more than 450 4,000 foot peaks. After raising thousands of dollars for Angell Animal Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, the pair was inducted into the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) Hall of Fame as corecipients of the "Human Hero of the Year Award." Tom currently writes the popular "The Adventures of Tom & Atticus" column in the NorthCountry News and Mountainside Guide and the blog, The Adventures of Tom and Atticus.