Vintage Bryson, loaded with laugh out loud moments and crisp writing from one of the best in the business.
Easily one of my favorite audible purchases of all time. You will NOT be disappointed.
This is my favorite work by Bill Bryson, not because it is the best written or because it is the most interesting story, but because it feels the most personal out of all his works. Where as in other books, he is a witty and cool oberver of the places he sets out to explore (albeit with very keen insights and appreciation for history, local folklore and compelling statistics), in A Walk in the Woods, he is neck deep in it all: the sufferings in harsh conditions, the hopelessness and bleakness he faces at times, the mesmerizing beauty of the Appalachians and heartfelt appreciation for the little things that one can only gain after being through the rough. It is deeply personal. Remember in the movie, "Castaway" how devastated Tom Hanks was when he lost Wilson? There's a similar moment in A Walk in the Woods, and you've never seen Bill Bryson so vulnerable and so personal. Also, Stephen Catz, Bryson's bumbling companion during this trip, is the most humorous partner Bryson had in any of his adventures in all of his travel narratives; yet even in this, there's a deep sense of companionship that I've never seen in Bryson's other works.
Yes, as a reviewer noted, one of the drawbacks of this whole adventure is that Bill Bryson lacks a strong sense of purpose on why he has embarked on this endeavor and this results in a frustrating stretch of half-hearted day hikes that, for me, was the most unsatisfying part of the whole adventure. Other than this, however, I highly recommend this unique listening experience for fans of Bill Bryson.
I never listened to any of Mr Bryson's bookd before. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It provided a wonderful escape, through imagery, humor and vivid descriptions. I highly encourage anyone to get this book for a fun, light and relaxing escape from life's daily grind.
After having already 50 books from audible.com, this book still stand out as my best read to date. Bryson not only make you laugh out loud about his Appalachian backpacking experiences, he also includes a quite a bit of political history and environmental insight. Bryson's reading of his own work rivals that of a stand-up comedian and makes this book especially enjoyable in audio format.
This is actually my 2nd listen of A Walk In the Woods. I read the book the first time but it had been awhile decided to give it another listen. Funny as I remember. Lots of factual information about the AT and it's history.
Several friends raved about the book, so I was really looking forward to listening to it. I'm not sure whether something was lost in the abridgment, or the choppy editing, but I was somewhat disappointed in the listen. The author's narration of his book is ok, but I agree with other reviewers that his whiny brit affectation grows weary. If you've got a monthly subscription to burn, and you're looking for a short change of pace from fiction, history and/or news, this book is a pleasant diversion.
Take away the fact I am an avid camper and desire to walk the trail, and it still is a delightfully ejoyable adventure from start to finish! The author holds your attention with witty, thought provoking descriptions of his adventure. In addition it is packed with knowledge and facts. His adventure is also full of first rate and real life humour. Finally the author has a pleasant voice, which always makes an audio book more enjoyable.
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
A wonderfully funny adventure of the middle-aged and the restless, but Bryson's humor translates better on the written page, or when a professional does the reading. His soft slightly British, slightly midwestern voice lacked the punch of the written word. Also, the abridgement left out way too many funny adventures along the way.