Not Without My Father

  • by Andra Watkins
  • Narrated by Andra Watkins
  • 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero? Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace, as the pioneers did. She planned to walk 15 miles a day for 34 days. After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested 80-year-old father. And his gas. The sleep apnea machine and self-scratching. Sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim.
As Watkins trudged America's forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. Nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late. In Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Watkins invites listeners to join her dysfunctional family adventure in a humorous and heartbreaking memoir that asks if one can really turn "I wish I had" into "I'm glad I did".


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

More than what the title implies

I began enjoying this book after the first chapter. For those who enjoy hiking, and alone time.
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- Maria E.

Thoroughly enjoyable book

Would you listen to Not Without My Father again? Why?

Yes. Very entertaining during a recent long car drive.

What other book might you compare Not Without My Father to and why?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which is another memoir about a woman's journey and her relationship with a parent.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many, but I laughed when her father kept badgering her to sign books so he could sell them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The father's chapter on getting older and the health problems it brings.

Any additional comments?

Great book that will make you laugh, think, feel, and relate!

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- Carrie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2015
  • Publisher: Word Hermit Press LLC