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Publisher's Summary

Derick Lugo had never been hiking. He certainly couldn't imagine going more than a day without manicuring his goatee. But with a job cut short and no immediate plans, this fixture of the New York comedy scene began to think about what he might do with months of free time. He had heard of the Appalachian Trail, but he had never seriously considered attempting to hike all 2,184.2 miles of it. Suddenly he found himself asking, Could he do it?

The Unlikely Thru-Hiker is the story of how a young Black man from the city, unfamiliar with both the outdoors and thru-hiking culture, sets off with an extremely overweight pack and a willfully can-do attitude to conquer the infamous trail. What follows are lessons on preparation, humility, and nature's wild unpredictability. But this isn't a hard-nosed memoir of discouragement. What sets Lugo apart from the typical walk in the woods is his refusal to let any challenge squash his inner Pollyanna. Through it all, Lugo perseveres with humor, tenacity, and an unshakeable commitment to grooming - earning him the trail name "Mr. Fabulous" - that sees him from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine.

©2019 Derick Lugo (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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On My Feet All Day

I have listened to several of the application trail thru hiker audiobooks. I work 12 hour shifts on my feet and sometimes I pretend I’m a thru hiker to get through my day. I probably never will hike the trail, but for one credit I get the next best thing to it in my opinion. I have returned several hiking books due to foul language or them using their hiking journey to share their political, religious or non religious and social views. I buy these books for the hike, the stories and the experiences they have along the way with the characters they meet. I never get tired of hearing the loses and wins of each day, trail magic and good food. Setting up camp, tearing down and the fun of zero days. This is one of the books I will keep and even listen to again and again to get through my work day.

Has anyone ever returned an audiobook, because there was no foul language? I mean, what’s the deal. If I wanted to listen to people swear and cuss all day, I’d just unplug and listen to my coworkers! Audible definitely needs a rating system like movies and video games have. If nothing else, just to save us time and help those people who want to spend their hard earned money on swear words weaved into a hiking story. Just to be clear, this book was good, but I returned 3 hiking audiobooks before this one due to the issues listed above.

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Captivating start to finish

Having just turned 59, I have this "fantasy" of getting on the AT and doing a through hike. It has occupied my mind over the 5 years that I have accompanied my wife through her terminal condition. Now that my journey with my spouse is over, I have re-engaged the notion of accomplishing this spiritual quest. Thank you for re-engaging my dreams.

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I loved the story but the performance was very monotone. There was lack of excitement at some points.

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Great story but monotoned

I really enjoyed the story, however I felt it was monotoned as if completely being read by the author.

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might be a DNF...

This book is mainly a lot of "This happened, then this happened"; a ton of fluff and no substance. there's dozens of books and accounts of people thru hiking the AT but the author fails to convey anything that sets it about from the rest of them. The drab delivery of the author/narrator doesn't help at all. All in all, props to him for completing the trail but I failed to get anything out of this one.

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Go with the flow

So enjoyable to listen to. So causal and gentle. I loved hearing a novice hiker's experience.

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Awsomesauce!!!!!

I absolutely loved reading this book.... It was well written and very easy to get into..

To the author.... thank you for doing all the "leg work" and allowing to feel like you took me along with you on your AT thru-hike!!!

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Awesome story

This was the absolute best story of any thru hiker books that I’ve read. Thank you for sharing this adventure

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Mr. Fabulous Done it Right

A well written and well preformed narrative from a AT through hiker with a light hearted attitude and a refreshingly positive spirit. Some how Derick’s ability to convey his story with wit and true kindness, left me feeling encouraged and I found myself glad I was reading his book. Thank you for sharing your adventure in such a positive light, Mr. Fabulous

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2020 thru hiker

Chains and Ziggy here 2020 thru hikers. we absolutely loved your story Mr. Fabulous!! we felt every minute of your journey! and we completely understand your every feeling, and emotion. although a little different very much the same.
the only thing, what happened to Peach? you mentioned Overdrive married a scientist. please write another book about life directly after the trail. did you have post trail blues?

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  • 05-30-22

Cool story

Interesting tale, nicely narrated by Derick which makes it a very personal and involving journey.

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  • Ms. V. R. K. Houghton
  • 01-19-22

almost want to go hiking... almost!

This is a great story with so much to enjoy. A new fav book.
Read it, its good.