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Dear Bob and Sue is the story of our (Matt and Karen Smith's) journey to all 59 US National Parks. We wrote the book as a series of emails to our friends, Bob and Sue, in which we share our humorous and quirky observations. It is at times irreverent, unpredictable, and sarcastic, all in the spirit of humor. We describe a few of our experiences in each park but do not provide an exhaustive overview of each experience or park.

We use these events as the vehicle to deliver insights about our relationship. We did not intend for this book to be a travel guide nor a recommendation for how to visit all 59 of the US National Parks, although many listeners have said they've found it to be a useful guide. Rather, it is our story about how we did it.

©2017 Matt and Karen Smith (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Cindy
  • 02-11-2018

Worst book I have ordered on Audible. So negative and not about their trip but everything that went wrong and bugged each other

All they did was complain about everything that they didn’t like or agree with. I was hoping for a book about all the goodness they found on their journey into nature. They both sounded like grouchy, self centered people. I stopped on Chapter 8 and horse manure gross description.

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  • bryguy
  • 26-03-2019

Monotonous

Started off cute. But quickly got boring with no useful information. The humor was cute old people stuff.

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  • debimw
  • 23-03-2018

Winey

These people are so critical. I am sure the stories are meant to be humorous, but I just don’t enjoy how winey they come off. I am at park #32 and the majesty and magnificence of the parks is lost in this memoir.

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  • Di B
  • 18-09-2018

Dear Matt and Karen, just stop

The premise of the book seemed appealing enough, and I could get some ideas for a trip or two of my own, but their banter just dragged on . Much of the banter was needless and the overall recounts of their stories were about as exciting as the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches they mentioned multiple times. I managed to finish the book, but the last number of parks are just one big blur, there' is only so much smalltalk of hiking, pizza, and beer one can take. The only redemption to this book is they did what they set out tomdo, however boring their recount is. Bob and Sue were lucky they stayed home and didn't have to hear Matt go on and on about the most insignificant things.

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  • Tonya
  • 25-10-2019

Felt offended while listening.

Targeted for an older, white male audience. Full of sexist stereotypes and constant sarcasm that was used to mask (passive aggressiveness).
I could not make it through the book even though I felt obligated to listen since I paid for it.

As someone who has traveled to every single National Park on a tiny, tiny budget I was disappointed in this book.
General emotional review is... can I get a refund on the book, and can I buy back my minutes of my life that I wasted listening?

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  • Debra S. Long
  • 28-02-2019

Entertaining End to End

This was a lot of fun, and i intend to listen again. There is humor, and a wonderful way of "seeing" the country as the book goes along. It made me want to climb in an RV and take off for a year or two. It deserves another listen!

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  • marcy gathy
  • 19-04-2018

Loved it!

Great book ...laugh out loud funny. Very interesting book about National Parks. Can’t wait for their next book on audible.

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  • Jay Zenz
  • 30-09-2018

Sorry, but I found it boring.

While they may be lovely people, their story is painfully boring. It seems to be a random collection of Karen complaining of rodents, not listening to rangers, where they stayed and what they ate. I am glad they enjoyed their travels. But, this is a story is a mundane account of typical Americans who complain too much and adventure too little.

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  • T. Martin
  • 15-04-2018

Loved it!

I don’t know the last time I enjoyed listening to an audio book this much!

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  • Joshua Oyler
  • 11-12-2020

All negative. No substance.

I liked the idea of this book. It turned out that there are double the time talking about hotels and food that there are discussing parks. What is actually covered in parks is very little. No helpful info. Everything was incredibly negative. These guys have that uppity attitude that makes me dislike somebody. The entire book is one long complaint. I stopped listening after they got mad that a man was talking to his family on a cell phone in a parking lot at a lodge. They said “why are cell phones even working in the wilderness.” These people have no clue what wilderness is.

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