Arlene Istar Lev
I thoroughly enjoyed his humor. Stories of people hiking the trail are just wonderful and this is definitely one of the best.
A really enjoyable read - I've read a bunch of histories lately, and really needed something lighter.
This book was funny, moved at a pretty good pace, had some slightly serious moments that kept the book real but did not disturb the essence of the enjoyable story on a hike on the Appalachian Trail by two guys that were not really hikers - just out for a challenge.
Loved the fact that the book didn't wax poetic about the majesty of the great outdoors, or the religious experience that is hiking in the wilderness. It was written from a point of view that most of us would experience - it was a really hard thing to do, at times miserable, at times exhilarating, and most of all, the guys were pretty glad when it was over and but glad that they did it.
The performance was really good, good voice changes for characters, and matched the story.
I hated the narrator for about two hours. After that, I got accustomed to him and his voice faded into the background and the story came to life. I don't like everything Bill Bryson writes, but this one is wonderful. Hilarious, informative, and touching in many ways, you can't go wrong with this one if you like travel writing. This particular Bryson is travel writing at its best, I'd say.
I was disappointed in this book because I like hiking and am interested in listening to peoples experience with serious attempts at thru hiking. This book was entertaining but more similar to comedic storytelling than what I was looking for.
It depends on what you are looking for
I listen to audio books as I make the 1 hr commute to and from work. I like to learn so prefer nonfiction, science or history.
Just the right mix of story telling, science and history. I love how Rob McQuay changes his voice to speak like the characters in the story. Very well done! I'm becoming a Bill Bryson fan.
I'm a father of four. I am a big fan of The Pendergast series by Preston and Child as well as Dan Brown's Robert Langd
This was a typically enjoyable Bill Bryson story. He narrated the abridged version himself and this unabridged offering would have been much better if he would have done the same with it. Still, this narrator isn't bad at all.
This was the awesomeness book ever that I have ever listen to in my life