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Dear Bob and Sue

Dear Bob and Sue [Kindle Edition]

Matt Smith , Karen Smith
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Dear Bob and Sue chronicles our journey to visit all 59 US national parks, written as a series of emails to our friends, Bob and Sue. This book is NOT a guidebook to the national parks with eloquent descriptions of scenery, although many reviewers have said they use it as a guide when visiting the parks. Our book doesn't have pictures or maps (too expensive), a table of contents (too hard to figure out in a digital format) or mommy porn (too disturbing for our children to read). There are no vampires or teenage paranormal fantasies in this book. And, since we're not writers by profession you might find grammatical errors we didn't catch. Instead, these emails to Bob and Sue, written over a span of two years, contain random observations about the parks we visited, the people we met and what we ate for lunch. Some of the consistent themes are Matt's OCD (he claims there is no "D"), squirrels, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and beer; with a mid-air plane collision and some grizzly bears thrown in for added excitement.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1385 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0C0POO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 1 April 2013
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I loved this book. Visiting all the National Parks of America is something I would love to do but living in the UK makes it too difficult. Reading this book made me feel like I made the trip with them. I loved the style of writing - a series of emails to their friends and enjoyed the humour in the book too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 5 Jun 2013
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I loved this book. A great way of writing a travel journal. Matt and Karen have fantastic senses of humour. It really felt like I was reading postcards sent to me from some great friends.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Serious Guide 15 Jan 2014
By Scotty
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While obviously well written, this is a fairly serious account of the authors travels, and for me there just weren't enough anecdotes or funny stories to keep me interested. This might be different if you are in the USA or have some knowledge or interest in the American national parks, but as a casual read it was just to much for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but would be better on a coffee table 16 Nov 2013
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The idea is fine, but on kindle the style of the book gets a bit repetitive. Had we had the photos that the authors took it would have been better, but that wouldn't have worked so well on a kindle paperwhite, whereas a nice coffee table book might well have worked better.

I've only got part way thru so far, but will probably return to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this! 12 July 2013
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I loved this book! I loved the idea first of all that a couple would give up their jobs for a couple of years to visit all 58 of the National Parks that were designated "National" Parks - a fine distinction!, and then even more that they would write about it in the form of emails to the friends who inspired them to do this.

I got a real sense of the people - Karen's squirrel encounters, Matt's "OC without the D" and his plan to buy Sue a knife with Tammy on it (because the centre had run out of the ones with "Sue" on them) - were just three of the things that made me want to laugh out loud - difficult because I was reading it on the bus! And I appreciated the difference in the voices when the emails came from Karen, and not just from Matt, as it made it more than just a couple's travelogue - to me, the fact they shared the writing made it more real, and their different voices painted such wonderful pictures of what they were seeing, because they focussed on different things - the beautiful scenery, the wildlife, but above all the dangers which still exist in the National Parks.

I was also lucky in that the version I downloaded actually had the additional visit to the 59th National Park, and the account of their visit there.

Long may their travels continue - and I do hope they manage to persuade Bob and Sue to go with them next time...although, if they do that, who will they write to?

This is not a book if you are interested in a detailed review of the National Parks. This is the tale of a couple's journey, so it has their own perspectives, their own views, and focusses on what interests and concerns them...such as staying alive while in a small plane!

A brilliant, light-hearted and funny read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different take on a travel book 28 Jun 2013
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I learnt a lot about the US National Parks, had a laugh, and felt that I'd like to visit some of these myself.

It was also interesting to me that I'd actually visited some of these parks without realising the significance of my trips.

A good read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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In Dear Bob and Sue the authors, a 50-ish married couple from Seattle, decide to take a year off and visit every national park in America. The book takes the form of a series of emails from them to their titular friends back home. It is a delightfully simple concept, and works very well. The casual tone is fresh and involving. The warm, honest portrayal of their marriage is as entertaining as the anecdotes about the parks they visit.

It is an unassuming book, with many recognisable situations and laugh out loud moments. By the end I felt that I knew Karen and Matt quite well. Matt, the humorous grump (a male archetype I am quite familiar with!) constantly grumbling about... well, essentially other people living on the same planet as him. He also displays a nice sense of irony and a flair for the absurd (I particularly enjoyed him naming nuts in the style of Best in Show`s Harlan Pepper, "Pea-nut, hazel nut, cashew nut, macadamia nut, pine nut, wal-nut, pistachio nut, red pistachio nut..." to Karen's mortification.)

Karen frequently pretends not to know him, and has a steely determination of her own, "The ranger replied to Karen slowly, as if talking to a ten year old, "You need to remember that it will take two to three times longer to hike back up than it will to hike down." Karen decided right then we would do the six mile hike in two hours, or die trying."

The book serves as a great taster for America's many and diverse national parks. They describe hikes, recommend restaurants and tours - and sometimes cocktails.

I had the good fortune in 2011 to visit Yellowstone and Glacier. Both were wonderful, and I'd love to get back to America to visit more of their wilderness areas. Thanks to Karen and Matt I now have a few locations ear-marked.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars US National Parks; from an oblique angle!
Definitely not a guidebook in the traditional sense, but it brought back many brilliant memories of the parks I've visited, and fired my enthusiasm to visit the others. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bont
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for National Park lovers
I have had the privilege of visiting many of the US National Parks and can identify with much of the material in this book so it made a very interesting read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Living the dream!
This is a great story. Not a travel guide but it doesn't pretend to be that. It is inspirational to hear people jumping out of their ruts and heading off for adventure. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sally Sorento
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
A really easy and gentle read. Made me laugh on many occasions, and the layout of the story is lovely.
Published 11 months ago by L M
3.0 out of 5 stars not compelling but ok
Interesting to learn about parts of US but not a great read. It's ok if you like that sort of thing, but not a story
Published 14 months ago by Deef
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Bob and Sue
Great book, really enjoyed it and very funny in parts. Felt as though I went on the journey too. Recommended.
Published 16 months ago by jaycee
3.0 out of 5 stars Dawn
Loved going on the journey .It made me really want to visit America and the National Parks in particular. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dawn Musharafie
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