The Appalachian Trail: A Biography Audiobook, by Philip D'Anieri Play Audiobook Sample

The Appalachian Trail: A Biography Audiobook

The Appalachian Trail: A Biography Audiobook, by Philip D'Anieri Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jason Culp Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780358449416

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56:00 minutes

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20:51 minutes

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42:50 minutes

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The Appalachian Trail is America’s most beloved trek, with millions of hikers setting foot on it every year. Yet few are aware of the fascinating backstory of the dreamers and builders who helped bring it to life over the past century.

The conception and building of the Appalachian Trail is a story of unforgettable characters who explored it, defined it, and captured national attention by hiking it. From Grandma Gatewood—a mother of eleven who thru-hiked in canvas sneakers and a drawstring duffle—to Bill Bryson, author of the best-selling A Walk in the Woods, the AT has seized the American imagination like no other hiking path. The 2,000-mile-long hike from Georgia to Maine is not just a trail through the woods, but a set of ideas about nature etched in the forest floor. This character-driven biography of the trail is a must-read not just for ambitious hikers, but for anyone who wonders about our relationship with the great outdoors and dreams of getting away from urban life for a pilgrimage in the wild.

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“D’Anieri has found a new and inspiring way to tell the story of one of the American environmental movement’s crowning achievements…This book throws new light on a cherished institution and enlarges our sense of what the American environmental movement can accomplish.”

— Robert Fishman, professor, University of Michigan 


  • “For those of us who live with wild places of the American East, the AT is more than a line on a map—as this book makes clear, it’s jagged path is the EKG of our heart’s desires.” 

    — Bill McKibben, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Superbly rendered biographies of the adventurers who were instrumental in conceiving, building, popularizing, and sustaining the storied Appalachian Trail…An incisive take on an American treasure that shines with illuminating detail and insight.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “D’Anieri captures the trail’s majesty and its power to inspire those who ramble on it.”

    — Publishers Weekly


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

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About Philip D'Anieri

Phillip D’Anieri teaches courses on the built environment at the University of Michigan. He worked in public radio journalism and state government before earning a PhD in urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan.

About Jason Culp

Jason Culp, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has been acting since the age of ten, and his credits include a variety of television, theater, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Julian Jerome on General Hospital. In addition to audiobooks and voice-over work in national commercials, he has also narrated documentaries for National Geographic and the History Channel.