I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in anything! However, if you're a hiker or you've ever considered striking out on the AT, this book will be of great interest and entertainment. More than a memoir of Bryson's adventures along the AT, his wit and sense of humor come through as his topics wander into history, philosophy, science, and conservation.As an avid day hiker, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. I have heard others say that reading this made them re-think their desire to hike the AT, but I found it made me want to start planning some section hikes. A through hike is probably not in my future, but who knows?
My favorite character was Bryson himself. I found his views informative, and his tales of travel and adventure as an author inspiring.
The narration is excellent. McQuay takes on each character with distinct personality, so that you feel you are right there listening to the conversation rather than hearing a second hand account. If I ever met 'Katz', I would be surprised if he didn't talk just as he does in McQuay's narration!
It's "what we do".
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