Esse Quam Videri
Really?!? I used my monthly credit on a story of failure? If I had known that I would have passed. Full of unnecessary F-bombs. Not sure how this is on my sons 8th grade reading list. Boo!
The reader was a bit dull but I liked heating bills adventures. I would recommend this to anyone on a road trip or long drive that includes a lot of outdoor activities. It compliments an adventure well.
This was a fun listen, if a bit exasperating at times. A good primer on what to expect for people thinking of setting out on a long journey without too much experience. The personal details and thoughts on modern American life keep the whole thing moving and interesting.
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.