YES! I learned and laughed a lot. Bryson has a way of making you feel as though you're along for the journey.
McQuay has such a boring voice. I wish more than anything that Bill Bryson narrated it himself as he does in the abridged version. I really felt like his narration did the book such an injustice.
The reading would have been much better with a lot less 'acting'. Less would have been more.
This is one of my favorite books of all times, but I found the reading so distractingly bad that I had to stop listening about half way through. The first time I read the book, I literally laughed so hard it hurt on several occassions. No such moments occurred as I listened to this rendition.
The best way I can explain it is that the narrator read the story in a way that parents read bedtime stories to very young children. Overexagerated and condescending in a way that assumes the listener will miss 'the funny' unless the reader goes out of his way to point to it. It would be and, in fact, is exponentially funnier when it's played straight as Bryson himself reads it in the abridged version.
I love the book. Absolutely brilliant. I absolutely HATED this reading of it.
If you're a fan of the book, avoid this reading at all costs and buy the version where Bill Bryson reads it himself. The two readings are night and day.
This was the first Bill Bryson book I read, and soon after went on the hunt for his others. But this unabridged version is not read by Mr Bryson, I had grown accustomed to his voice, and was disappointed to hear anther's voice, Bill does read his abridged version.
I love his outlook on the world, and his humorous bit of sarcasm. It lends hope to us other midlifers, that if Bill and Katz can walk a few hundred miles, then surely a couch potato like me can also.
Buyer Alert: If you are shopping for an informative, comprehensive journal type account of Appalachian Trail hiking, this is NOT your book. It's more a Reader's Digest version of the time the author spent on the AT.
I listened to this book while doing yard work, so my listening time was not exactly wasted, but I would choose a different story if I had a do-over here. The beginning of the book held my interest and seem to promise an interesting account of walking the AT and those details in the book are good, informative to someone like myself who has no expectations of ever "doing the AT". But, the story wanders too often off the tale of the trail to rail against the Park Service, poke condescending jibs at small towns and local folks met along the way, and do a little ecological preaching.
I did enjoy the narration. Mr. McQuay was very easy to listen to.
Not unless read by the author
Story was hilarious
I had owned the CD audio recording and without reading the details - assumed this would have also be read by Bill Bryson. There is no comparison between the narrator Rob McQuay and the actual author. The author is much better. I will think twice or more before ordering any additional audo books from Audible.
Likely not, but I did replay some of the segments along the way
The suspense when the writers friend went missing along the trail in Maine made me want to fast forward.
The different inflections in the voices were good.
Adventures and mis adventures on a long walk away from home
I listened to this audible book when I started walking for health after a long hiatus.
Listening kept me walking every day, and looking forward to the next day
The humor was both subtle and outright! Awesome.
He did a fabulous job on all the characters! So funny!
I am profoundly glad I was able to listen to this book, and to listen to it after section hiking the Massachusetts portion of the AT. At points in this book I was crying out of shear hilarity and conversely deep sadness. The journey Bill and Katz undertook was more than a walk in the woods. In my our trips down the AT with my group of buddies we found similar sites, hard climbs, sore legs and amazing views. We got to see sites that most never do. Heating Bills words brought me back to the woods with my friends and makes me yearn for our next foray. Our goal to finish New England.
Would recommend to anyone who like the outdoors and hiking... There wasn't really anything I disliked about this book.. Makes me want to hike the AT even more..!!
I loved the book but the narrator sounded like such a downer. His pessimistic tone set an energy for the book that didn't match the content. I would recommend reading the physical book instead.