If you live the outdoors you will enjoy this book immensely. And even if you don't, it is a unique and compelling glimpse into the world of hiking the AT.
The narrator is excellent. It is not a good book to listen to to go to sleep. The story is interesting. One of my favorite parts was the description of Gatlinburg.
So I'm coming to this book from Cheryl Strayed's Wild. I was expected Domingo similar to Wild, a person discovering something about while testing themselves in nature. That is not this book.
Don't get me wrong, this is still a good book. Witty, humorous and informative...but not what I expected.
I think the most off putting aspect of this book is how negative it is, I've never read Bill Brydon's work before, but he does sound like a very likeable guy....funny yes, but still unlike able.
The book is the story of Bill's attempt to hike the AT interwoven if facts about the trail and the Appalachians in general...its to bad that all of these facts are passive aggressive digs at the U.S. It's almost like Bill has a bone to pick and this book is his way of doing just that. It seems like every person he meets in this book is an idiot American, the Forestry service is run by a bunch of buffoons and the U.S. In general screwed everything up.
Sure Bill says some nice things about a few things, but only after debasing it for 20 minutes.
If you are looking for a well written story about a guy whining about the US while trying to hike the AT then this book is for you.
Nice listen before listening to the Wild. Than I'll compare which trail is best.
a bit anti hunter