This is a great book for those who are the outdoors type. Bryson does a great job of describing his feeling and interactions with other people, animals, and nature, but some of the things he talks about are specific to only those who are familiar to the Appalachian Trail's surroundings. The book was very funny and I highly recommend it to anyone who has visited the AT or has a strong interest in the environmental factors the east coast is facing today.
I burned the book to CD. Personally I think had I taken CD 3 and thrown it out the window I would have enjoyed the book more. He just seemed to go off on a tangent for too long of a period of time. I am going to test my theory and loan the book to my brother minus CD 3.
I enjoyed his research into how we are hurting our environment, but he seemed to miss the flow he started early in the book just by making a few sentences and then getting back to story.
Overall I just felt like I heard a draft of a book that could be better.
I read the book five years ago and loved it then, but enjoyed it even more hearing author Bill Bryson reading it. A true treat. Highly recommended.
I bought this book to listen to while flying from CA to Spain, a 12 hour trip. I was at a party where people started discussing audible.com and what books they enjoyed the most and this one came up from many people.
It is well written, funny and interesting. It definitely helped to pass the time. There are numerous facts about the AT here, and good stories about his hike. The only negative was that Bryson started writing as if he had become the world's greatest hiker after going 200 miles. Perhaps if you are a true hiker, you might find this book off-putting, but for the occassional hiker (or non-hiker) it's time well spent.
"A Walk in the Woods" is a great book. I love Bryson's style of writing. He paints with masterstrokes--words ARE his paints. I started with "A Walk in the Woods" and I plan on continuing through all of his works. The only dilemma I find myself in, is when I arrive at "A Short History of Nearly Everything" should I go with the abridged version (read by Bill Bryson) or the unabridged version read by someone else. Maybe the answer is--both.