This is a light 'read' that brought back vivid memories of some of my fondest vacations.
The smelly, querky people you meet on the trail and in the towns, may seem like fiction to to people who have not hiked, but are very true to live. After a few weeks they are all your family.
I will probably pull this one back up in a few years and relive the adventure and enjoy the laughs all over again.... Thanks Bill for keeping the memories alive.
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I loved the authors wry sense of humor about the difficulties of taking on such an adventure and the preparations involved with doing so.
Had me smiling and recalling similar experiences on one of many of my own hikes.
made me laugh a lot.
I've read this book many times and was pleased to find an unabridged audio version. But the narrator chose to read Katz's dialogue in a low monotone, mispronounces common words ("willy-ness" instead of wiliness, Mackinac with a hard c) and uses a long a in Appalachian (admittedly a pet peeve -- I live near the trail in Western North Carolina and it is pronounced with a short "a" by people who live in the Appalachian mountains. Using the long "a" labels you as an outsider). I couldn't finish listening to it.
I'll have to stick with the abridged version read by Bryson himself.
Not unless read by the author
Story was hilarious
I had owned the CD audio recording and without reading the details - assumed this would have also be read by Bill Bryson. There is no comparison between the narrator Rob McQuay and the actual author. The author is much better. I will think twice or more before ordering any additional audo books from Audible.
This is one of my favorite books of all time, however the narration of this unabridged version is a wet blanket that puts out all of the humor, and spirit of Bill Bryson's excellent writing. It is unlistenable.
There are at least two other recordings of A Walk In The Woods- an abridged version read by Bryson himself which is good but abbreviated. Then there is the expert performance by Ron McLarty which should be considered the authoritative reading of the book. His performance is excellent, and captures the weight and humor of the story, and matches the care that Bryson obviously put into writing it. I still laugh out loud when I listen to it, about once a year.
This is not that recording.
Go find a copy of McLarty's performance used on CD and you will thank me, or petition Audible to acquire the rights to that performance to make available for purchase here. It really makes all of the difference.
The descriptions of the AT.
It was entertaining and funny. Even the things that were uncomfortable were funny.
Everything with Katz in it. I sure would hate to have him as my walking buddy.
Bill Bryson can bring a fresh outlook to any subject.
I will never walk the AT, but after listening to this audio book I feel like I've been there, the narrator's voice is great and along with the adventure of walking the AT this book is very informative without being tedious.
Of course I love the two main characters Bill Bryson and Steven Katz, they are kind of opposites and the dynamic between them is amusing.
He has a great voice, enjoyable to listen to and I love the way he changes his voice for each character.
This was a very boring book.... I thought it was supposed to be a lot funnier. Aside from a line or two every few chapters, it was very boring.... However, I did learn a few good facts about trees and the Appalachian trail.
Bryson is a great writer and the narrator did a wonderful job of capturing the humor. I was mesmerized by his experience and his relationship with his friend Katz.
When Bryson "loses" his friend Katz in the woods.
The female hiker they ran into who asserted herself as a hiking expert (and chastised them for their amateurish methods).
I am listening to most of Bryson's books now after listening to my favorite book of 2013--One Summer, America 1927which he wrote. I am not always sure about how listening to some books would be better listened to than read, but his books are amazing audiobooks. The performances really add to the story.
No. Too many other books to read.
I'm planning to do day hikes through the AT and wanted to read about someone who had done it.
I haven't listened to him prior. At first I wasn't engaged with the narrator, however as the book progressed I really liked it. His style is engaging and he is the perfect voice for the author.
Quick and funny listen. I was sorry the author completed his walk.