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  1. 8.3 hrs • 11/3/2015 • Unabridged

    The Path is the journey of a lifetime to self-discovery. This is the story of a group of international travelers who walk the Camino de Santiago, the ancient five-hundred-mile pilgrimage from the Pyrenees mountains to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northern Spain. Here are located the remains of James, the apostle of Jesus. The group includes people of all ages, all professions, and all religious affiliations or none at all. They include a sex-obsessed former captain in the British Army, a beautiful Danish businesswoman, a manic Austrian architect, a Welsh painter, a driven American priest, and a comic mother-daughter duo from Canada. The thirty-five-day walk is tough and demanding. They relate intellectually, spiritually, and sexually as they search for their own deep and personal truths, which are not always what they expect—or want—to find. The climax is a terrible and shocking death that changes their view of themselves forever as they arrive in the holy city.

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    The Path by Malcolm McKay

    The Path

    8.3 hrs • 11/3/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.9 hrs • 12/16/2014 • Unabridged

    The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire listeners of all ages by illustrating the full power of the human spirit and determination, and it will answer the question so many have asked: why did she do it? Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked eight hundred miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin, she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.” Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance and very likely saved the trail from extinction.

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    Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

    7.9 hrs • 12/16/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.6 hrs • 11/20/2012 • Unabridged

    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 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. 

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    AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    10.6 hrs • 11/20/12 • Unabridged
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    11.4 hrs • 10/11/2012 • Unabridged

    From the acclaimed author of The Wild Places comes an engrossing exploration of walking and thinking. In this exquisitely written book, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove roads, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual. Told in Macfarlane’s distinctive voice, The Old Ways folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology, and literature. His walks take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird islands of the Scottish northwest, from Palestine to the sacred landscapes of Spain and the Himalayas. Along the way he crosses paths with walkers of many kinds—wanderers, pilgrims, guides, and artists. Above all this is a book about walking as a journey inward and the subtle ways we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move. Macfarlane discovers that paths offer not just a means of traversing space but of feeling, knowing, and thinking.

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    The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane

    The Old Ways

    11.4 hrs • 10/11/12 • Unabridged
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    13.0 hrs • 3/20/2012 • Unabridged

    A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

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    Wild

    13.0 hrs • 3/20/12 • Unabridged
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