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3 out of 5 stars
By Erica Fischer on 04-22-16

The audio was so slow and stilted

I was really hoping for a more focused, nuanced exploration of this fascinating journey. Instead, it seemed repetitive and slapped together. I'm sure the trip was life changing but the retelling of it (and the contextual forces surrounding it) rang hollow.

Also, the reading on the Audible version was terrible. It was so awkwardly paced.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Leslie on 02-24-16

Made me want to hike Kilimanjaro too!

Where does Gorge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle. Certain aspects I loved but others left me wanting more for her.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is Kara's story and it was read by the author which I gave a 5 star rating to because only she could bring the right emotion to the ups and downs in her life and even the little nuances that a narrator would not have been able to do. Kara did a fantastic job of narrating.

Have you listened to any of Kara Richardson Whitely’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, this is my first.

Any additional comments?

What I loved about this book is that Kara didn't wait until she'd lost all the weight or even some of it. She just went for it. The lesson in that is do it today. Don't say "I'll do it as soon as I....". Kara is unemployed and over 300 pounds and she did it. She found a way. Whatever your goal is, believe in yourself and just take that first step. I also liked that Kara was very honest about herself. I know she could not help but put herself down. Obviously that is how one gains so much weight. She recognizes it's not just pounds she needs to release but all that emotional baggage too.

I was hoping that she would have released more of that baggage, that would have been a more inspiring story. Having said that, I believe what she did is incredible and people in good shape that weigh far less would not even attempt. I hope that she will see that she is a beautiful person and if she believes that then the outside will follow if she continues to strive for her goal.

Her description of the climb was very interesting and frankly I am now dying to do this very same trip. I love the outdoors so I listen to many outdoor adventure stories. I run half marathons, hike, and camp. I love animals and doing new things. I've definitely added this trip to my bucket list. I hope I can be like Kara and get to the point of "let's just do this now" . There are some other trips on the horizon, we are taking our fist backpacking trip to Havasupai Falls in a month (Grand Canyon) and trying out our equipment. My first hike that is more than one day. But I will be looking in to a trip to Kilamanjaro very soon. Kara's description is what sold me.

A section of this book went in to the extreme bullying that Kara encountered her entire life. I think everyone should take notice and realize that their words even if not ill-intended can have a lifelong effect. I've run my share of half-marathons and encountered individuals that have much weight to lose. I struggle with how to show them I sincerely think they are awesome. I don't want to sound condescending but I want to encourage. Kara's account helped me to have a better perception.

I hope that she will continue on this positive path and her next book will be about her success in this next chapter of her life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By KBG on 04-17-16

couldn't stop listening!

Easy to listen to, interesting perspective, helped me with my own life journey, great book

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