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The Trail Provides

A Boy's Memoir of Thru-Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Narrated by: David Smart
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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Disillusioned by the corporate lifestyle, David finds himself unemployed and desperate for change. Bradley, his older, more adventurous, and slightly-wreckless college fraternity brother presents an enticing offer. Just a few weeks later, the two inexperienced hopefuls abandon society and plunge into a soul-searching sojourn to thru-hike the Pacific Crest trail, a 2,650-mile Mexico-to-Canada footpath - barefoot. At the trail’s mercy from day one, the two hikers face the endless pains of walking, rising tensions, and falling behind to the coming winter.

The Trail Provides is a thru-hiking memoir filled with stories about companionship, lessons learned, dreams and reality, and leaving everything behind for the desire of transformation, insight, and self-discovery. Now, let’s begin the journey....

©2018 David Smart (P)2019 David Smart

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An honest window into the the truth of the trail and life

A brilliant story of hardships and joy that is filled with nuggets of hard won wisdom.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-19

Take the journey!

I was glued to this story and couldn’t wait to hear what happened next. Thank you David for letting us in on your journey.
Ron Sixkiller

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  • Robert H.
  • 22-05-19

beautiful and inspiring

First- thank you, David, for sharing your story. I'm sure being so open and vulnerable to the world was difficult and challenging at times. Congratulations on furthering your growth after the trail ended.
The book is well written and heartfelt. The narration is honestly a little stiff, but it was brave for the author to read his own words. I enjoyed his honesty and the sharing of fun adventures he had along his journey. I felt that the author did a great deal of introspection and reflection during his journey. He sounds like someone that gets along well with almost everyone. In summary, this was a great book for inspiration and for entertainment.

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  • J. M. DAngelo
  • 08-11-19

Hiking with Napoleon Dynamite

I've enjoyed a variety of long-distance hiking stories since subscribing to Audible. Despite the fact the general stories are the same (person attempts to walk X-number of miles along X-trail in X-amount of time) each story becomes its own animal due to each writer having different experiences along the way. And even when an author encounters similar experiences to other writers, their reactions are their own and the outcomes personal.

David's story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail becomes far more personal than most of the PCT books I've listened to. There is a lot more personal growth here and he does a fine job weaving those experiences in with the description of life on the trail. David is, in my opinion, a very good writer. However, he is not a great narrator.

I would usually condone the concept of a writer reading his own memoir as I feel it adds honesty to the narration, but in David's case perhaps a professional narrator would have been the way to go. David's method of speech, which often sounds bored or monotone like Napoleon Dynamite, comes across as a series of questions as his voice rises amid points in his sentences. For instance, this line from early in the book comes across as follows:

"It was the small hours of the morning. But I somehow? Managed to lift my head? From the rickety trailer floor? Where I had slept the past two nights? And glanced toward the other end of the trailer. There sat Bradley. Sitting cross-legged beside his backpack? At the foot of his bed? Eyes closed."

So if this speech pattern doesn't bother you, then I would recommend giving this a listen. Otherwise, I would suggest picking up a physical copy and allowing your brain to envision David's voice.

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  • M. Hurtley
  • 12-10-19

Honest and captivating

This is the 4th PCT “memoir” I have read and I just loved it (and hated for it to end)! I do believe it is my favorite.

David’s honest recollection of the highs and lows of his time on the trail was truly captivating. Hearing him describe the evolution of his own thinking, handling of trail life and relationships along the miles was excellent.

From a literary perspective, there was just enough “conversation” included without too much “he said, she said” to detract from the story. This was much appreciated and allowed each vignette to flow.

I personally found I needed to listen at 1.25 speed, but tested first... I am happy to say that didn’t change the sound or character of David’s voice much at all. Sometimes that isn’t the case.

I feel like a personal friend of David’s now! Well done!

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  • Leroy taylor
  • 07-10-19

Don't waste your money

The narrator's voice is monotone and boring. The story is boring no insight into hiking a long trail.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-19

excellent book !!

several times I listened to the sample of this book , and didnt buy it. Because I was unsure of the narrator's voice. But recently decided to take a chance , and so glad I did !!! I loved this book and the adventure !! and got teary eyed along with them as they finished. ❤

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  • Beardsaw
  • 01-07-19

The best book for aspiring thru hikers!

A must read for thru hikers and the aspiring. Accurate and heartfelt description of life on the PCT, through the eye's of Stay'n Alive. Thanks David. This brought back so many memories. Love you brother,
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  • Wilma
  • 21-06-19

waste of time and money

horrid narraration! almost unbearable . story was slow. poorly written. painful to listen to. waste of a credit.