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Christine

Teacher, Outdoor Sports Enthusiast

Telford, PA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (545)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "Misleading Title"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's very funny and good writing.


    Have you listened to any of Rob McQuay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was A Walk in the Woods worth the listening time?

    Hard to say.


    Any additional comments?

    The title leads the reader to believe he/she will be reading about an epic trek on the Appalachian Trail. Rather, Bryson and Katz do only a fraction of the trail and wander off on other day hikes and trips talking more about them than the AT itself.

    Bryson is funny, but has an annoying way of going into diatribes on the National Park Service and environmentalism. That's fine, but this book doesn't deliver as advertised about the Appalachian Trail.

    I've read the book and listened to it as well. Both times, it was an "entertaining disappointment."

    It feels as though Bryson had to write this one for his publisher and because he put so much time into his unsuccessful AT attempt.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160-Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jeff Alt
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure. This entertaining journey includes bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt walked more than five million steps in tribute to his brother, who has cerebral palsy and lives in a home called Sunshine. This trail adventure has inspired an annual event that has raised more than $200,000 for Sunshine. It includes hiking tips for the whole family.

    Lisa says: "Thanks For The Great Trip Jeff"
    "Inspirational Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, good if you want to hike the AT


    What did you like best about this story?

    Author's positive attitude


    What didn’t you like about Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

    He sounds like a robot and has an annoying accent. Very dry and robotic.


    Was A Walk for Sunshine worth the listening time?

    Yes, up until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The author should have ended the book a couple paragraphs after reaching Maine. He goes on and on with repetitive inspirational drivel. This ruins the effect of a good ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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