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Free Outside

A Trek Against Time and Distance
Narrated by: Jeff Garmire
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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A man walked into the woods, destined to spend eight months living in the wild. Exhausted and emotionally ruined living the fast-paced life of a successful young professional, it was all too easy to give up. The challenges came on the adventure of a lifetime. Months in the woods that would provide adversity, healing, and tranquility. Setting out to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and Continental Divide Trail in a single calendar year was an audacious goal but the 8,000 mile Calendar Year Triple Crown would be the story of a lifetime. 

The journey was riddled with inclement weather, shady characters, wildlife attacks, and injuries. The trails crossed frozen rivers, were rerouted around wildfires, and packed with snow. The physical challenge was soon overshadowed by the mental toughness required. It became a mental battle. 

Free Outside is a captivating story of strength and courage. Hiking through remote areas in America, Jeff is continually overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of strangers. Free Outside is the fascinating story of Jeff Garmire’s journey along the national scenic trails that define wild America.

Narrated by the author: Jeff Garmire. Enjoy this story of hiking 8,000 miles along the triple crown trails of America.

©2019 Jeff Garmire (P)2020 Jeff Garmire

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Inspiring

Well done Jeff. I loved your story and. Found it both inspiring and fascinating. I love stories of personal adventure and overcoming adversity. I hope you find another adventure to document and share with us in the future. My only criticism and this hopefully is constructive would be the lack of punctuation in the narration. The sentences seemed to flow into each other without natural pause. All that aside you inspired me and I loved the book. Well done and well played for doing it to bring peoples attention to depression and how it affects anyone.

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  • Jomama
  • 16-10-2020

Great story...hard listen.

His accomplishment is incredible. It was really hard to literally listen to both his story and descriptions of terrain. The narration was garbled .. each sentence running into another to where one doesn’t really hear any of it... I would love to hear this book again read by someone else..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-2020

A legend in the making

Jeff Garmire may have first received his trail name "legend" for packing in a pizza and sharing it with his fellow hikers on the PCT in 2011 but the epic journeys and numerous speed records he has compiled since them have truly become the stuff of legends. Recounting his attempt to hike 7,900 miles in a single year and achieve the calendar year triple crown, Free Outside, is something between a trail journal and the stream of conscious of a long distance hiker. The story rarely deviates from life on the trail and provides little backstory to the author's life. It does, however, provide a vivid picture of life on the trail and makes you feel like you are a part of this epic adventure. The author does a nice job narrating and I felt that this added to the immersive nature of the story. If you are into backpacking and a part of the trail community this is definitely worth the read. Legend is one of the top athletes in long distance hiking and in many ways this is an origin story of his many records. If you are not obsessed with the hiking world but interested in an inspiring book about hiking (and life) I would suggest Heather Anderson's book Thirst.

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  • Michael
  • 12-07-2020

Good story, bad narration

Why, oh why do authors think they are the only ones who can narrate their books? Their insistence that they narrate it due to any reason including what they might think is the cost of hiring a professional voice talent (believe me, pro talent are way underpaid for audiobooks) almost always greatly hurts their audiobook. Their story suffers, their reputation suffers, the likelihood that a reader will buy their books in the future is reduced. Badly narrating your own book is an authorship career killer!!! Don’t do it. Alas, this author already did. He had a good story to tell, he wrote it well, but then he made the mistake of thinking he was the one to narrate it.

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  • Gian
  • 31-05-2020

A Legendary Journey

Jeff's journey was nothing short of legendary, though I wish the book and narration did it justice, reading more like a blow-by-blow account than a fleshed out journey. That's OK, and this book definitely has its place, but it's like a "Deep Cuts & B-Sides" of hiking literature -- enjoyable for enthusiasts, but maybe lacking accessibility and context. I wish there were more color, more anecdotes, and more introspection. As for the narrative, I felt as if Jeff was trying to crush out the pages as he crushes miles, having to slow it to 85% to keep up. Wish there were a little more enthusiasm in his voice, but hey, he's a legendary hiker and not an actor. Mad respect for crushing out this amazing feat, Legend. Very inspiring!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-2020

OH MY GOSH

What can you say about Jeff Garmire? Crazy yes ...his trail name says it all....Legend

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  • dualcitizen
  • 09-05-2020

Feels like I’m hiking again!

This audio book has been highly anticipated and doesn’t disappoint. As a fellow thru hiker I marvel at Legend’s ambition and grit and enjoy his tone and humor. I recommend this book!

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  • Katie Bloomgren
  • 08-05-2020

Awesomesauce!

Loved reading it and loved hearing it from the writer!! I absolutely recommend to anyone who likes adventures or stories about perseverance.

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  • Rachael M DeLano
  • 07-05-2020

Stunning story with great narration

Intense and amazing story with great narration by the author. I would highly recommend listening to this book.