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Skywalker Audiobook

Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail

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Publisher's Summary

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT )is the perfect place for an average person to do something extraordinary. Bill Walker ("Skywalker"), who stands 6'11", might seem like anything but average. Yet in a brutally honest tone, he lays to bare all his considerable weaknesses and fears. Among these are crushing weight loss and fatigue, along with a fear of getting lost or a bear stealing his food. Nonetheless, he is bound and determined to hike the PCT which - at 2,663 miles - runs all the way from Mexico to Canada.

The PCT's calling card is its stunning beauty. It has a diversity of geography unequaled by any footpath in the world. Haunting and beckoning the PCT hiker are the implacable desert, the towering majesty of the so-called High Sierra, and the ruggedly bleak, northern Cascade range. Indeed, the PCT hiker faces much greater extremes of terrain and climate than on the famed Appalachian Trail. Completing this demanding challenge calls for overwhelming clarity of purpose.

Walker's signature characteristic as a writer is his real talent in capturing people. Obviously, he is a people person because he runs into and vividly describes a truly colorful cast of characters from seemingly all walks of American life. Among these are Uber Bitch, Shit Bag, and Serial Killer; the listener learns how these hikers ended up with their names (hint: blunders).The listener need not worry that Walker is a bully. Throughout this irreverent narrative, he turns his considerable supply of humor back on himself in ruthlessly self-deprecating fashion. It all makes for a delightful experience.

©2010 Bill Walker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    J. J. Schutzman Indianapolis, IN USA 08-22-15
    J. J. Schutzman Indianapolis, IN USA 08-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I wish Bill Bryson attempted the PCT."
    Would you try another book from Bill Walker and/or Bill Walker?

    NO. This is just a journal of his PCT thru hike. It has none the humor or insight of Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods". I plan to do the John Muir Trail so I had some interest.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Walker again?

    NO


    What three words best describe Bill Walker’s performance?

    A boring blog.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 03-30-15
    Virginia 03-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "One persons account"

    I found his experience on the PCT interesting. To get another point of view other than Cheryl Strayed's was good. I may now read his account on the AT. Appalachian Trail.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Sofich Portland, Oregon 08-25-16
    Megan Sofich Portland, Oregon 08-25-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Must Read!"

    Bill Walker is an amazing story teller! Do your self a favor and take a listen 😊

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy O. 08-16-16
    Sandy O. 08-16-16
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    "Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the PCT review"

    Easy listening of one man's adventures and observations (people and lanscapes) along the Pacific Crest Trail.

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    JM 06-13-16
    JM 06-13-16
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    "Not Bad"

    Stayed on PCT hiking subject matter fairly well. Story was more documentary style than well crafted storytelling.

    Narration is a bit rough in places, but the narrator is also the author.

    Reasonably entertaining if you are interested in thru hiking.

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    Rebecka 04-05-16
    Rebecka 04-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    Loved this book! Author has a great voice for audio! Great stories, funny, inspirational, heart wrenching at times.

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    Daniel Kaschel Irving, TX 04-01-16
    Daniel Kaschel Irving, TX 04-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good book with painful narration"

    Very interesting book. However author self-narrated and he pronounces big words like he's never heard them out loud before. it is very distracting.

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    P. Griffith 07-24-15
    P. Griffith 07-24-15 Member Since 2008
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    "So far, so bad..."
    Would you try another book from Bill Walker and/or Bill Walker?

    I'm a couple hours into this one,... really like the topic, but can't get past what seems to be all the right wing sentiments. Others may like the story, but not really sure this one is for me.


    What was most disappointing about Bill Walker’s story?

    The seemingly flippant tone.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The emotional tone seems deft to the story's experience.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Ausinheiler DPT,OCS,CSCS 05-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Diary of a nice guy who clearly isn't a writer"

    I knew next to nothing about the Pacific Crest Trail and this book did succeed in familiarising me with the trail. Beyond that I don't have much good to say about this book. The quality of writing and the narration both resemble the opening chapters of Flowers for Algernon with perhaps the addition of a thesaurus. Although I'm sure Bill Walker is a nice guy and I mean him no ill-will his writing has a lot of development to go before it becomes an enjoyable read. His sizing up of the attractiveness of each female on the trail and his southern idioms such as "he took off as fast as a slave running from the Bloodhounds" did not improve the book as the author might have imagined.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    loverunner 04-01-16
    loverunner 04-01-16
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    "sorry, just not good."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Good writing and narration.


    What was most disappointing about Bill Walker’s story?

    Just boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Boring.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm sure it was a great experience, but it should have stayed in his journal.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Adrian
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    4/20/14
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    "Makes you want to put on your boots and walk!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Skywalker to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but Bill Walker telling his own story in his own inimitable way definitely adds to the story!


    What other book might you compare Skywalker to, and why?

    The obvious comparison is Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, which is about the Appalachian trail - it also bears similarities to Simon Armitage's Walking Home.


    What does Bill Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It's his story, told in his own unusual voice - his reading adds a lot to the story.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Walk from Mexico to Canada in size 15's!


    Any additional comments?

    Before Bill wrote this, he wrote a book covering his experiences on the Appalachian Trail. As he refers to his time on the AT a lot in this book, it would be great to have an audio version of the first book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • gareth
    2/12/16
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    "poor writing style"

    If I hear another I said, they said I'll scream, poor story telling? no depth, some idiot gave the nod to this book..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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