For anyone who's ever hiked any o America's beautiful trails, this book will bring back memories while making you chuckle about Bryson's thrills and spills along the Appalachian Trail. The story is engaging and keeps your attention well using detailed explanations that enable the listener to envision the splendor of the trail without being too distracts from the story. The performance was excellent and makes the listener feel like they are sitting around a campfire in the woods listening to Bryson talk about his hikes thus far. Highly recommend this book as a relaxing read whether you're hiking the AT, relaxing on the beach, or anywhere in between.
I won't be reading any more books by Bill Bryson. He is a jerk and needs to be brought down a peg. His views on the south are rude and condescending and I hope he sticks to his plan to never go this far below the Mason Dixon line again. For someone who didn't even come close to finishing really anything at all he is awful cocky. This book was a huge letdown.
I felt like I was walking right beside him the whole time. And he's an interesting and likeable man.
Never read anything quite like it.
I was surprised to find out this was not the author. So ... authenticity.
I liked the tangents when he would tell you the history of the areas he was walking through.
There is one really old school joke about pedopheilia in the book that is quite jarring now. It brought home how different sensitivities are about this now vs. 1998.
I enjoyed every bit of it. I listenedto it mostly walking in the mornings and afternoons. the performance was fantastic. loved it and will listen to it again.
Narration, spot on.
Truthful, humorous, self-deprecating and educational. Had me laughing in 10 minutes, in deep thought within 45 and seeing myself throughout.
I'm an avid hiker, so I grabbed this book thinking it would simply take me away from my work week and into the woods through the story.
Well I was quite surprised that the book immediately has a humorous and light tone. Though still a book about the journey through the woods, I would happily report but it's a bit of a comedy, and the combination of two makes for the most enjoyable book.
I would happily listen to this book again, and highly recommend it.
The book had a great flow and was easy to listen to. Factual and humorous. The story made me appreciate my father and his successful efforts to take me hiking and camping as a child, because many of the fears that this author had about hiking were simply fears I did not have, because of my experience so long ago. That being said, I still respected the author for his efforts at research, planning, and execution.