I'm not sure that he can ever outdo "In The Home" or "A Short History of Nearly Everything", but very few authors could, so that's not exactly a knock. This is a fun, Sarah Vowell-esque look (or maybe Sarah Vowell is Bryson-esque, I don't know) about walking the Appalachian Trail. Now I feel like I kind of want to walk this walk just to prove that I am more MANLY than Bryson. Sadly, I don't have a buddy from an earlier book I can re-acquaint myself with and con into taking along with me.
There were multiple. When he is in the parking lot, looking at a nearby hill. That whole scene.
These questions are pretty strange and don't have much to do with the audiobook 's quality.
I read the book to prepare for hiking the AT next year. It was informational, especially regarding the historical information about the trail and related fields.
Bryson narrates the abridged audiobook, which is a bit strange, while Rob narrated this one. He did a good job of capturing the emotions.
I was surprised how much humor Bryson used, and because of this, the book was phenomenal. A great writer.
The events in the story were not amazing or inspiring - just one mans story about his trip. I laughed a few times and listened to the entire book, but I wouldn't recommend it or listen to it again.
You can't change his experience - there just wasn't very much to maintain my interest. I kept listening hoping something amazing would happen...
This is the first of his books I've listened to.
No, not really.
I've wanted to read this for a while. Glad I listened rather than read it because Bryson's lengthy descriptions of statistics and history of the AT may have caused me to doze if reading - but listening, I was able to stay with him and also know that if I got distracted, I didn't miss too much. That isn't to say his historical data wasn't wonderful, it was. Enjoyed the narrator as well. loved his voice for the friend of Bill.
Read this with Wild - a very different type of book about walking the Pacific Coast Trail.
I have listened to this over 5 times now. There is always something you have missed before. Its my go to listen again when I am waiting on another credit for my account!
Being a current Boy Scout leader and Having hiked the AT many times myself, I can so relate to this book. It encompasses just about every situation that you would run into on a hike. Its forays into facts about the AT is very informative as well...
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in anything! However, if you're a hiker or you've ever considered striking out on the AT, this book will be of great interest and entertainment. More than a memoir of Bryson's adventures along the AT, his wit and sense of humor come through as his topics wander into history, philosophy, science, and conservation.As an avid day hiker, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. I have heard others say that reading this made them re-think their desire to hike the AT, but I found it made me want to start planning some section hikes. A through hike is probably not in my future, but who knows?
My favorite character was Bryson himself. I found his views informative, and his tales of travel and adventure as an author inspiring.
The narration is excellent. McQuay takes on each character with distinct personality, so that you feel you are right there listening to the conversation rather than hearing a second hand account. If I ever met 'Katz', I would be surprised if he didn't talk just as he does in McQuay's narration!
It's "what we do".
Only have listened to 3 book, so it is in the top 3!
1491, because of information, history and story telling
Different character voices are done well, it adds texture.
A journey begins with a single step, the other 3 million is the hard part.
Just a great story. Helped me take my mind off school and the election.
Bryson's account of his journey on the Appalachian Trail is light on the hiking and heavy on the history. "Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail" is a fitting title for a book that will introduce people to the AT and also to interesting bits of uncommon American history. This book is well-placed in the travel writing section of a bookstore rather than in the nature or hiking section. I found it to be both lightly entertaining and sometimes funny. Definitely a pleasant, light read. In terms of recommending it to a friend, I would be likely to shrug and say: "Sure, go for it. It's not bad."
Bryson's recounting of his visit to Centralia was arresting. The story of a long-evacuated American town still wreathed in the smoke of a decades-long underground coal fire was remarkable.
It was okay.
I rate this book overall as a 3. It's a bit like pop music. Catchy and entertaining, but not too deep. If you're looking for a light read on a lazy afternoon, Bryson's A Walk in the Woods would be a decent pick.
This book has long been a favorite of mine, its a funny and informative look a the American wild.
I didn't think it was possible but Rob McQuay made the book even funnier by the slight changes in his voice.
graphic & fine artist
I loved the authors wry sense of humor about the difficulties of taking on such an adventure and the preparations involved with doing so.
Had me smiling and recalling similar experiences on one of many of my own hikes.
made me laugh a lot.