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On Trails Audiobook

On Trails: An Exploration

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Publisher's Summary

From a brilliant new literary voice comes a groundbreaking exploration of how trails help us understand the world, from tiny ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. In 2009, while hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others fade? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing-combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis Hyde's The Gift. Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic - the oft-overlooked trail - sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity's relationship with nature and technology shaped world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life? Moor has the essayist's gift for making new connections, the adventurer's love for paths untaken, and the philosopher's knack for asking big questions. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew.

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  • kgohl
    WORCESTER, VT, United States
    13/10/16
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    "Narrator is a distraction"

    On Trails is a well-written volume read by someone who uses accents to indicate when the author is quoting from another volume. At first this practice just seems odd because the narrator speaks in a southern U.S. accent for a number of quotations, including the words of someone I thought was a researcher in Montreal. Then he moves on to a German accent, and the whole thing just becomes annoying. This is nonfiction; it is not the narrator's job to create a character from a quotation. I hope this is not a direction in which Audible intends to move.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    08/01/17
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    "Dear narrator..."

    Please rethink your use of accents for quotes forever. They were at best very distracting and likely insulting to the originators of the dialogue.

    Otherwise this book is fantastic. I highly recommend it to anyone who gets to wondering about a topic and wants to think about all there is to know about it and how it all fits together in a bigger picture.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Becky
    24/12/16
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    "Terrible narrator"

    The narrator spent the whole time attempting to showboat and Treated the book as a performance reel. His insistence on using accents was already annoying, but then half the time the accent being used wasnt even appropriate to the speaker. It was very frustrating.

    There were additional editing errors- repeated sentences, uneven volume (normalize your sound guys).

    I recommend the book but not the audio.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Ballard
    Farmington, Utah United States
    23/11/16
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    "Wonderful Book - needs a bit more audio editing!"

    Very enjoyable book! There were a few instances of audio editing issues, where the reader read the same sentence twice in a row and both readings were included in the final product, but a wonderful book and a great reader over all (reader even did all the voices - lol!)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Westport, CT, United States
    28/09/16
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    "illuminated by a closer look"

    Robert Moor did a great job of digging into what trails are about. The book was a combination of history, geology, adventure and science...all related to getting from here to there. I'll never look at a trail the same way again!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • K K
    02/01/17
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    "Worth reading, not worth listening to."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator doesn't seem to take the subject or the people seriously. He has a tongue-in-cheek style that undercuts the text. But the worst aspect is what others have already pointed out - the narrator finds it necessary to bring life to the various people by imitating what he presumes they sound like. It is maddening to endure. At worst it even seems a bit degrading.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • david donovan
    LAS VEGAS, NV, US
    17/09/17
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    "Might change your life"

    The strength of this book is that the author is pretty objective (especially in interviews). It is mostly just telling stories. So his main points are shown, not told (just as recommended in any writing class). The last section, however does have some moralizing. The reader was clear and a good match for the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HSB
    10/09/17
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    "Will need to read this book, the audio version left too much to be desired"

    I look forward to reading this book for myself. I found the performance by the reader very distracting and frustratingly fast. I had to reduce the reading speed to 0.75X, something I have NEVER done for the dozens of audiobooks I've listened to. His fast reading speed doesn't fit the spirit of the book, and the fake accents he adopts for each "character" are distracting at best. The content is good, although I found the book occasionally uneven. But certainly worth reading...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doniel
    23/08/17
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    "Get Trekking!"

    Simply mesmerizing. If you don't feel an overwhelming urge to hit the trail after reading this one, I'm not sure what will. Moor weaves history, philosophy, zoology, biology, anthropology and anecdotal narrative seamlessly to illustrate the significance of trails to our world. His authority as a veteran trekker in his own right makes this novel particularly compelling and insightful. Those inclined to leave it all behind and beat their own path, be aware; those inclined to take to the paths trekked by generations before, be aware: he just might compel you to get you out the door to tackle your dream.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mike
    05/08/17
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    "A spectacular observation of the origins of Hiking"

    Moore references several biological triggers that emerge in humans when we embark on trails. As an avid hiker I couldn't put down this book. Several concepts and paragraphs that dive deep into the sole of the outdoors. A well rounded and greatly performed masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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