I am a retired school librarian. I love to read, garden, and have coffee with my friends.
I can't say walking the Appalachian Trail would appeal to me, but this book was outstanding in making you feel like you did.
The book was funny but yet serious and very educational. Makes you want to get out in Nature in these United States and see it all.
I like Bryson's books, and I much prefer them unabridged. Funny if you don't mind the occasional potty humor or the general absence of well-rounded women, but I do enjoy these.
McQuay is okay, but he occasionally gets a word wrong (the lemon pie is "viscous," but he says "vicious," or puts the emphasis on the wrong word in a way that changes the meaning of a sentence. This bothers me, as does his monotone rendering of Katz.
this is one of the best story books I've heard. the author blends historical sites with adventure stories and keeps your interest. my only discomfort came from the seeming persistent view that man is destroying the world. I love nature as much as the next person but I'm order to live in the comfort we enjoy in our daily lives, the nature around us must change at our hand. one must fall trees in order to build houses and furniture. to the author I would say, tell your story, and mention the environmental issue, but don't dwell on them in your book. still...great read.
This is a great story about 2 men who are way out of their element.
I love seeing the world through Bill Bryson's eyes. His observations about life are brilliant.
I used to have this book on CDs. I am still on the lookout for this original version. It was unabridged and read by the author. There is always something special about a book read by the author but with Bill Bryson it is a must. 90% of the story is is perfectly expressive voice. The entertainment value of him reading is tremendous! This book was ruined by someone else reading. I was so disappointed I couldn't listen. This is not the book I wanted to hear.
A friend gave me a copy of the paperback version, which I started and was thoroughly enjoying, but I have three children, so I was having trouble finding time to sit and read. About halfway through, I broke down and bought the audiobook, and I'm glad I did. I really liked the narrator, and the voices he used for different characters; especially his voice for Katz.
The story itself was also engaging. There were several times I broke into sudden laughter while listening out in public. I loved reading/listening about the preparation that went into their trek, as well as the people they came across on the trail. Bryson also goes into detail about the history of many towns or geographical places of interest adjacent to the trail, which I found fascinating.
All in all, this is a good book, and it is worthy of your credit and time. I'm going to read his book about the time he spent on a walkabout in Australia next.
I am a "novice" reader and audio books give me the opportunity to learn and grow while still getting the rest of life taken care of. So take this with a grain of salt.
This book gave incredible insight to the geographical, biographical, historical, political, societal and more scientific aspects that have effected the wilderness. Amazing in that regard but also a downer. I ended this book feeling like humans are a blithe on the world and there is no amount of compassion or realization that will stop the destruction until everything in the wild is wiped out.
I enjoyed the narrator. He was a good choice for this book.