Where's the Next Shelter?

  • by Gary Sizer
  • Narrated by Gary Sizer
  • 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Where's the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,000-mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. He teams up with Megan, a sassy college grad whose indomitable spirit eclipses her lack of experience; and Lemmy, a cartoonist from overseas whose off-kilter commentary on the wonders and frustrations of the trail keeps everyone laughing.
Sprawling through the woods and towns of the Appalachian Mountains, the trail carries the trio through real and fanciful ups and downs ranging from hilarious to perilous. Much more than an orderly account of mountaintops and meals, this book is an adventure about friends figuring things out as they go. It's about screwups and solutions, awe and inspiration.
If you long for the horizon or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So good, I know I never want to hike the AT

What made the experience of listening to Where's the Next Shelter? the most enjoyable?

This book is author narrated. It starts a little uneven, I attributed it to his excitement for his book and subject. But he quickly evened out, and I think being author narrated contributed to an enjoyable experience.


What did you like best about this story?

I loved this book. I've read a couple other Appalachian Trail books, and have enjoyed them all. But I liked his take on everything on his trip, describing pretty much every step, the relationships formed along the trail, even if only 5 minutes long, and felt more detailed than some others. He made me care about not only him, but others he spent time with. I did, literally, laugh and cry throughout.


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- Dusty

Hilarious and beautiful

Gary manages to capture his Appalachian Trail experience in a way that will appeal to both seasoned hikers and novices alike. He captures the beauty of the trail's natural wonders with many poetic passages that might have been lifted from a Zane Grey novel, but they're nested in chapter after chapter of literally laugh out loud moments. The zaniness of the people he met on the trail, the absurdity of the realities of walking for 5 months straight...it is all here. Some of the AT customs, terminology, and even the simple logistics of things like going to the bathroom are covered well for those of us who aren't experienced through-hikers, but not so much that they'd limit the enjoyment of people who have been there and done that all before. Really an outstanding book.

Please note that there's plenty of NFSW dialogue captured (presumably) just as it was spoken, so this is not a book for the easily offended or for the commute to the kids' school in the morning!

But honestly - the best praise I can give the book is that it genuinely made my commute to and from the office enjoyable for a couple weeks...a rare and noteworthy feat! Do yourself a favor and check it out.
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- Andrew S. Wright

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2016
  • Publisher: Gary Sizer