It's too short! Make Bill Bryson go back to the studio and record the rest of it! While you're at it, make him record unabridged versions of all those other books that are available here only in abridged editions!
Like Bill Bryson's writing in general, this book is always interesting and fun to read. No wasted space, no feeling of needing to take a nap halfway through a chapter. Engaging and entertaining.
As a person who frequently backpacks I picked this book up hoping to hear about what life is really like on the trail. The beginning of the book which explains the processes in which he decided to hike the AT, purchased gear, and found a hiking partner is a very witty introduction to what is almost a great trip for Bryson. The tale ends up being a mixture of all the humorous incidents along the way and some historical/geographical information. A little over half way through the book, however, Bryson and his partner leave the AT. This, for me, was a big dissapointment. With that aside I did enjoy the book and found the information to be highly valuable. This is not a good story about backpacking, however, since the focus is only on the parties involved when something comical happens. If you have no interest in hiking the AT yourself though, then you most likey won't share my dissapointment and will find this book to be highly entertaining.
Although I had already listened to the unabridged version of this book 2 years ago, I bought this version because I had just finished listening to "In a Sunburned Country" and love Bill Bryson's narration. This did not suffer at all from the abridgement and it was a wonderfully vicarious trip with Bryson and Katz on the Appalachian Trail. It even inspired this elevator habitue to take a walk through my own local woods!
I love this guy! I love this narration and I am buying all his audiobooks available. I recommend any and all of his writings to everyone.....
Looking for something "different"....and entertaining ? Then "A Walk in the Woods" is for you. All of Bill's books are easy listening and really make the time fly by....and you learn something about the places he visits too!
If your tired of self help, political *&^^% and murder mysteries give Bill a try!
I would recommend this book for an easy spirited reading. This book is interesting and based on the authors own real-life experience. Good reading and gives a lot of interesting information about hardships that can come accross in life in forests etc.
Its a good book. Gets a bit boring in between and can feel outstretched a bit.
This book was loads of fun to listen to. It taught me much about the Applachian Trail and hiking in the most enjoyable way possible. I have spent some time in the woods myself and so could relate to many of the experiences he described so hilariously. I love Bill Bryson's sense of humor and his narration can't be beat. If only all audiobooks were this good.... The only problem I have with his books is that he sets the bar too high and it spoils you for other books.
A stimulating and thoughtful story. I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail a while back and so Bryson brings back old memories. He does overstate the risk of bears and other animal risks, for entertainment effect, presumably. The most serious risks, as always, are hypothermia, creek-crossings, and snow storms. A good tale nontheless.
AHHHHH Bryson, my favorite writer, although ironically I'm never read any of his stuff. I say, Why deprive yourself of his voice, a pleasant mix of british and American, with a nice bass tone. I listen to his cd's over and over again, and I encourage others to do the same. Although his two most recent novels are excellent, it is "A Walk in the Woods" that contains the most Bryson, shown most excellently over his dialogue with "Kats." After listening to this book, don't be surprised if you feel the need to hike a bit of the Appallacians.