©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.
The author lectures us on how terrible the US government, US Forestry Department, US Southerns and any not of his self appointed superior level is and it continues throughout the book. He clearly thinks he's very funny and the book is amusing for a time. I enjoyed imaging myself tackling the "AT", but the author can't get out of his own way to let us enjoy the journey because he feels the need to 'educate' us simpletons. Furthermore, the author appears to to have adopted a British accent (but I believe he's American) and this wears on you after a while.
This book was a real disappointment. As an avid hiker, I was looking forward to something that would remind me of the glorious vistas, the cascading rivers and the challenging experiences of being on one of the world's premier hiking trails. Instead all I heard was a droning voice and the quirks of a strange fellow who didn't know why he was going on the trip. If you want stream-of-consciousness rambling, this is the book for you, but if you're looking for adventure, you probably would want to look elsewhere.
I've hiked a few portions of the AT and thought this would be a good read. I was disappointed by the bad language used and the author's apparent disrepect of others with different views (even though some of it was his humor I didn't appreciate it).
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