The Hike: A Novel

Written by:
Drew Magary
Narrated by:
Christopher Lane

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2016
8 hours 5 minutes
“The Hike just works. It’s like early, good Chuck Palahniuk. . . . Magary underhands a twist in at the end that hits you like a sharp jab at the bell. . . . It’s just that good.” —

“Inventive, funny. . . . Quietly profound and touching.”—BoingBoing

From the author of The Postmortal, a fantasy saga unlike any you’ve read before, weaving elements of folk tales and video games into a riveting, unforgettable adventure of what a man will endure to return to his family

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.

At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.
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Katie C

Wow! What a great adventure this book was. I almost gave up on it in the beginning, it seemed to start a little slow. Once I met the talking crab and I laughed more than I normally do while reading, the novel turned around on me. I really enjoyed the it. I loved the ending.

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Ingrid O

Amazing book!!! Couldn’t ask for a better read! The narrator was perfect and always kept you interested!

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Michelle G.

I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! Definately worth it! Which I can't say about ALL my selections. It's kind of like the modern heros journey combined with the Book of the Dead. Sort of.... Highly enjoyable and relateable turning some stereo types on their head and people's tendency to be compliant and do as they're told even if they are being stripped down and told they are going to be imprisoned in hole fattened up and eaten by a giantess! Compliant people pleasing isn't always the way. But resistants and anger that is misplaced will make your path longer and more miserable where you might end up as a crab that can talk in the next lifetime! But its not so bad being a crab..... they have some advantages over us humans.....

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Taylor M.

Loved it! The author did fantastic at describing everything Ben was seeing and feeling.. I could picture everything so well in my head. The ending was pretty cool.. left me with a few questions though. Would definitely recommend! (Boyfriend loved it as well)

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Brock Nelson

Fun wild ride from cover to cover. Can't wait to read more from Drew.

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