always wanted to walk the Appalachian Trail, so was looking forward to hearing this book. While it was interesting and I learned a variety of things from it, I also found it annoying in some respects. there are aspects that are funny, but too often the humor is centered around mockery of other people or situations. I grew tired of the authors smug arrogance, and sometimes downright condescension. I'm a Bryson fan (A Short History), but this was disappointing.
I really wanted to like the book. I thought the movie was cute , not great. I was expecting more from the book.
All I can say is wow! Bryson doesn't seem to like anyone or anything. He is of course very descriptive and a storyteller but I became very tired of all his bitching.
I regret my decision to purchase this book.
Absolutely loved it...every time I read a chapter, I wanted to pack my sleeping bag and tent and head into the woods. What a classic book for all hikers and especially those of us who aspire to complete the AT someday:)
Why oh why did they make such a terrible movie from such a glorious book, I'll never understand?
I loved the book about as much as I hated the movie.
This book is mellow dramatic it best if you're looking for a book full of stats of how man is destroying the planet and acid rain is destroying the planet and how our planet is billions of years old and all the worst that the AT has to offer. I do agree with the name of the book a walk in the woods is about all he did. Read/listen to AWOL now that is a book about hiking the Appalachian Trail!
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 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.