©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
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.
It's too short! Make Bill Bryson go back to the studio and record the rest of it! While you're at it, make him record unabridged versions of all those other books that are available here only in abridged editions!
Like Bill Bryson's writing in general, this book is always interesting and fun to read. No wasted space, no feeling of needing to take a nap halfway through a chapter. Engaging and entertaining.
As a person who frequently backpacks I picked this book up hoping to hear about what life is really like on the trail. The beginning of the book which explains the processes in which he decided to hike the AT, purchased gear, and found a hiking partner is a very witty introduction to what is almost a great trip for Bryson. The tale ends up being a mixture of all the humorous incidents along the way and some historical/geographical information. A little over half way through the book, however, Bryson and his partner leave the AT. This, for me, was a big dissapointment. With that aside I did enjoy the book and found the information to be highly valuable. This is not a good story about backpacking, however, since the focus is only on the parties involved when something comical happens. If you have no interest in hiking the AT yourself though, then you most likey won't share my dissapointment and will find this book to be highly entertaining.
Although I had already listened to the unabridged version of this book 2 years ago, I bought this version because I had just finished listening to "In a Sunburned Country" and love Bill Bryson's narration. This did not suffer at all from the abridgement and it was a wonderfully vicarious trip with Bryson and Katz on the Appalachian Trail. It even inspired this elevator habitue to take a walk through my own local woods!
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