©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
I bought this book to listen to while flying from CA to Spain, a 12 hour trip. I was at a party where people started discussing audible.com and what books they enjoyed the most and this one came up from many people.
It is well written, funny and interesting. It definitely helped to pass the time. There are numerous facts about the AT here, and good stories about his hike. The only negative was that Bryson started writing as if he had become the world's greatest hiker after going 200 miles. Perhaps if you are a true hiker, you might find this book off-putting, but for the occassional hiker (or non-hiker) it's time well spent.
"A Walk in the Woods" is a great book. I love Bryson's style of writing. He paints with masterstrokes--words ARE his paints. I started with "A Walk in the Woods" and I plan on continuing through all of his works. The only dilemma I find myself in, is when I arrive at "A Short History of Nearly Everything" should I go with the abridged version (read by Bill Bryson) or the unabridged version read by someone else. Maybe the answer is--both.
What a joy to read! He has such great sense of humor! This is my second book by Bryson that I read. History of Neary Everything (abriged) is also my favorite.
This book is funny, and very moving too. I love the Stephen Katz character - he's a riot! It's too bad that our environment is being destroyed though, his facts on our forestry situation is pretty depressing. Apart from that, the book is entertaining, love his accent - it's always nice to hear the author narrate. It's as if you're there with them. It actually drove me to New Hampshire after hearing this to Mt Washington.
I listened to this book with a smile, a frown and the feel of real agony. The who range of emotion was made available to me and what a wonderful experience it was. Bill has the ability to use his extensive vocabulary to keep you smiling while the whole time dazzling you with facts, figures and interesting stories.
You'll love this one.
This book was recommended to me by a fellow backpacker, and I have since let my wife listen and another friend has enjoyed it as well. You don't have to be an avid packer like we are, but it certainly makes some things in the book much more funny. We can relate to the aches and pains and sufferings, and also the need to press on, even under the most extreme conditions. And yes, you DO actually run into those types of people on the trail. A great work.
The version of this book that I listened to was narrated by Ron McClarty who is one of my favorite readers. It was totally entertaining and very funny. Since this book I have sought out any other book that I can find about a similar adventure but have not found one that compares.
Great book! His humor is great - couldn't stop laughing! This is my first Bryson book, and I have added others now to my wish list. Excellent account full of great and interesting details about the trail. I didn't know anything about it before reading this. But his reality checks are hysterical.
A must read/listen on everyone's list!
This is our first Bryson book and my husband and I listened to it together. We loved the lighthearted combination of humor and adventure. My only complaint is that it was just too short...would like it unabridged. I'll definitely be getting the other books by Bryson.
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