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Very entertaining story of a personal journey against the backdrop of an incredible physical accomplishment. I loved the interaction between the two main characters and could see myself in one then the other and then back again, over and over. It almost felt like a conversation all within the author's head at times (which happens to me often on the trail).
It has some similarities but just as many differences to Into the Wild (more personal demons), Wild (more personal demons, less about hiking), Kindness of Strangers (less wilderness), The Pilgrimage (way more spiritual), AWOL on the Appalachian Trail (much more about hiking and from experienced perspective),
Definitely laughed from time to time and other times I definitely relived the pain of my very first backpacking trip!
This "hiking" story is much more of a story versus a trail journal. So as long as you go into it looking for a story and not a recounting of what gear he used or mileage covered daily, then you'll enjoy it!
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!
Love Bryson's style & wit, but he drones on a bit with statistics on the climate and forest between his storyline
I would absolutely. It was laugh out loud funny, but had interesting information at the same time. I pulled up a map of the AT that is divided into parts so each part can be looked at in detail and fiollowed along the story with the map.
I loved the humour the best. But the ability to following with his hike with a map was fun too.
He did a great job of reading this book. The perfect voice for the content. Some books and narrators just make a perfect combo. This was one of them.
I did. I listened to it all in one day. Made meals, cleaned out a room, picked up a few things at the store, all well listening (and breaking out in laughs) to this book. Made the entire day great, despite whatever chore I was doing.
At times, amusing, at times, boring, and steeped in information about the Appalachian Trail and the portion of America it spans. The reader does a very credible job, but it is mostly first person and with few voices, it isn't a demanding read. I bought the book looking for humor and found very little. I listened from beginning to end because I was fascinated with the author's experience and reactions, as well as the lessons in natural history. Knowing what I know now, would I buy it again? Maybe, maybe not.
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I got this book after listing to AWOL on the Appalachian Train. I enjoyed that book so much that I wanted to give another AT book a try. This book does not even compare. Mr Bryson spends a good bit of time bashing the Forest Service, the Park service and the Army Corps of Engineers. Now, I am not one to jump to the defense of the federal government, but IMO those agencies are some of the precious few that actually enrich our lives instead of trying to make our lives miserable. He even takes a jab at the Boy Scouts. When I was a wee lad, I was a Boy Scout and I can assure Mr. Bryson that my tent and the tents of my fellow Scouts NEVER fell down. Between the bashing and lecturing on the state of our woodlands there is some narrative on his AT hiking experience, but even that reads more like fiction. If you want to read a book on the AT, read David Millers AWOL on the Appalachian Trail and leave this on alone.
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.