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Dear Bob and Sue [Kindle Edition]

Matt Smith , Karen Smith
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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  • File Size: 1385 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0C0POO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and hilarious story! November 18, 2012
Format:Paperback
I had previously purchased Volumes One and Two of Dear Bob and Sue, so I was excited to see that the book had been completed and combined as one. This book includes new sections on Matt and Karen's travels to the final two national parks, Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley. Overall, Dear Bob and Sue is laugh out loud funny! I've had to contain my laughter at times while reading it in public. Along with their humor, Matt and Karen truly seem to appreciate both nature and spending time together. Their journey to all 58 national parks is intriguing and inspirational--don't miss this book!
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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I really couldn't get too far into this one. Firstly you've got a couple who are visiting national parks, the places where animals live and we humans are guests, most people visit these parks and try and have as little detrimental impact on the creatures that live there as possible, yet the author Matt thinks his no swerve policy for small animals other than cats and dogs is something to gloat about to his friends Bob and Sue. Then you've got the way this guy belittles his wife from the onset. She asks to share his passport book but like a spoilt brat child he refuses to share and makes her buy her own, and of course since the two travel together his will always have more stamps since they've already visited a few parks when she became interested in the passport experience. What else does he do to her that he doesn't write about?

Then they order some burgers and fries, see them be put on the bar, for them to collect but are too lazy, think it is beneath them (or just too dumb to realise) that customers collect the food once ready themselves and take it to wherever they want to eat it. Eventually Matt starts abusing the staff there until they make him fresh ones and bring them to his table telling his friends Bob and Sue how he has been wronged in this whole situation. I really hope they spat in and did other things to that food. I stopped reading it at this point, I don't want to read a tale of how a pompous up himself guy thinks he's better than everyone else he comes across, employees are there to serve his every need and has utterly no respect for the right of animals to exist in a national park. You wonder if Bob and Sue haven't got their e-mail account set to send all his e-mail's straight to the trashcan and just haven't told him.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The guy can write but doesn't like me, the reader July 14, 2014
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I've loved the few National Parks I've visited, so I looked forward to reading about Matt and Karen Smith's visits to those parks, and to learning what about other parks I would want to visit someday. I haven't finished the book yet, but some things about it bothered me enough to look up other readers' reviews to see if I was the only one who felt the way I do. I see that others agree with me.

I was enjoying the book until I read enough of his put downs of geezers and old ladies and old lady perfume, etc to know that Matt doesn't like me. Matt wouldn't like me and I find that's affecting my enjoyment of the book. He doesn't like families with children when the children behave like children.

The authors don't really respect the National Parks nor the rules that preserve the parks for all. Touching something (ex: the cane-like formations in the cave) that they've been told explicitly not to touch, smuggling alcohol in where it's not allowed, camping out with cooler and beer in the lobby of a beautiful icon of the National Park hotels: huh?

The emphasis upon alcohol consumption and even getting drunk, was puzzling because it - and the childish behavior in hotels, restaurants, out in the parks - conflicted with the authors' claim that they are middle aged adults who have raised a family and are turning 50.

It was difficult to get to know these people; their values seem in conflict with each other. Love of the features preserved in national parks, but disdain for the people who run and visit them, and for the rules necessary for the preservation of natural treasures.

Who ever did the writing is a great writer with talent for humor and description.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! January 25, 2013
By CG
Format:Paperback
Received this book for Christmas. Great read - felt like I know Matt and Karen personally and they would make great travel companions. Laughed out loud often - I totally connected with Matt's OC and get needing 58 file folders! My son is a park ranger and has opened my eyes to the wonders of our National Parks. My husband and I only have 9 off our list so far but we're working on it. Recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the parks in a fun way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea.... October 20, 2013
By Beth S.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found the idea intriguing and the way they wrote the book unique. I couldn't have told you how many National Parks there were until I read the book and the idea to visit them all is an interesting goal, especially when some are very remote. The disclaimer is very truthful, this is not a guidebook or a how to visit all the parks. I was truly mistified that someone would set this type of goal and then show up at a park on a day the activity they wanted was closed or realize they didn't have enough time to do everything they wanted. It felt like a race rather than a journey to be savored. Writing it in a style of emails to their friends was interesting but are their friends really interested in every peanut butter sandwich or pizza they eat? And I never really understood who Bob and Sue were or really learn a whole lot about the authors. The only thing I did learn about is that they really like to drink alcohol, the habits they have that annoy each other, and that Matt is annoyed by people who make noise, use cell phones in public, children...actually he is annoyed by people in general. There was a very touching moment at the end when they met an elderly gentleman in Alaska. Unfortunately, I didn't feel that emotion between the two of them the rest of the book. So, I guess I would say that this book is worth the read if you are interested in reading a bit about each park and I will say there were some humorous moments.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if you like to read about a variety of places
Interesting if you like to read about a variety of places. Never know when we might visit a National Park!
Published 7 days ago by Joncine S. Willis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A fun and friendly overview of visits to National Parks across the US.
Published 14 days ago by Sally Klem
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun and Interesting Read
I happened on this book soon after my husband and I became interested in visiting as many of the national parks as we could. I read the book and really enjoyed it all. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Audrey Campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected a Great Story, Stopped Reading after a Few Pages
I really expected to like this book, as I love travelogues, but the depicted personalities of the two main characters were more than I could stand. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. We travel and have been to some ...
Loved it. We travel and have been to some of those parks. Really enjoyed seeing them though their eyes.
Published 23 days ago by Linda Watrous
2.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
Easy to read, very few of the editing errors common in ebooks, but the treatment of the parks is uneven. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Meg Jernigan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun trips through the Federal parks
I really enjoyed this book about visiting all the Federal parks in the US. We have visited many of them and this book helped me renew those memories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leslie Firestone
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading about the national park as well as the ...
An entertaining approach to a travel memoir, I enjoyed reading about the national park as well as the authors' adventures in same.
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Kristi S. Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars A playful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, romp in our National Parks
A playful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, romp through America's National Parks. Quitting theirs jobs and throwing caution to the winds, this middle-aged couple take off on a quest to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BF
4.0 out of 5 stars Cure for cabin fever
This was a fun book that really helped me visualize the national parks. The format was easy to read, it was like a bunch of short stories strung together. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pam opolsky
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