This was very disappointing for me. I was looking forward to this book and it was sent to me by a friend. I gave it a fair shot but I found myself physically scowling while I had it on just because of the authors attitude. He was very negative and whinny. No one forced him to walk the AT and he pretty much only had bad things to say about the people he met and the adventures he had. Some would think it's a bit comical but that was not the way I found it. I was hoping for an inspiring, lighthearted, funny story but I felt it was the opposite. There is a possibility it could have been the performance that put off this pompous attitude but im pretty sure it was the writing.
Sometimes the book was hilarious other times I found the author rather irritating. He spent a bit too much time whining about how cow-like a moose was so it was bad to hunt them. However, he also craved cheeseburgers several times on his hike. He basically insulted everyone in the South at one point. I was willing to overlook all his liberal bias just so I could finish the book. Overall it was a decent Read.
The performance on this books is above all others that I've listened to.
I enjoyed the times with his old friend Katz.
I haven't listened to Rob McQuay before, but I will make him one of my preferences.
I laughed very hard with some reactions from Katz
I thought some of the sideline commentary was a little out of context and debatable but I appreciate his passion for conservatism.
Bryson is an excellent writer and the story is quite good. it's laugh-out-loud funny in many places. I found his history of the trail quite interesting. And the reader did a good job. What I can't understand is the way his tone could change on a dime when his thoughts turned to environmental and conservation issues, in which case he'd leave the story and the book goes from funny to bitterly serious (clearly he's a rabid environmentalist). And he does this continually throughout the book. It largely diminished the enjoyment I received from the work as a whole.
Bill is a terrific writer. Bill is a terrific reader. Bill is a god awful hiker.
If you're going to write a book about hiking the Appalachian Trail, PLEASE, at least finish 50% of the damn thing. This is a poor excuse of a first hand account of such an incredible journey. Very unhappy that I took the time to listen to the whole thing as "research" before hiking the AT.
If found this an inspiring and entertain book as the author and his companion attempt a challenge few try and fewer complete and what it means to just attempt a great feat.
The narrator was excellent. I so enjoyed how he voiced both Bill Bryson, and Katz. There was a good mix of history & other information with the rest of the narrative. I have to say, this really was the perfect thing to listen to while walking at a nearby wooded park.