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The relationship between Bill and Katz.
Cloying...Bill Bryson is nothing if not dry, and I found Mr Roberts to be obvious and, sorry...annoying.
I'm already a fan of Bill and read the book years ago, but this is how good it was - while doing a non-stop 100km charity walk, I saved this for the midnight to dawn section and it was so entertaining and engrossing that I pretty much forgot I was on a rutted track in the pitch dark and had been walking for 20 hours. All I remember of those hours are Bill's stories of preparing for and slogging up and down Appalachian mountains which not only made what I was doing seem really easy but I'm pretty sure made me the only person on the track who was laughing out loud. For that alone I have to give it 5 stars.
I enjoyed this book it was great.I like Bryson's sense of humour always makes me laugh out loud.
Hilariously funny book - loved every minute of it. So well brilliantly well read. I recommend this to everyone, all the time.
Katz ditching half the contents of his pack on the first day. And Bill's understandable terror of BEARS!!!!!
Down Under, Neither Here nor there, Made in America, Notes from a big country. All extremely well read, William Roberts conveys the humour better than Bill Bryson himself.
If you go into the woods tonight...Prepare for a Bear surprise!
Everyone should read this!
I will be listening to this book again. It has so much detail, so many interesting facts that I feel I have hardly touched it with only one listening.
I love the little everyday details that made me feel I was there on the trail. And I liked the excursions off the track to the quirky history all around the Appalachian trail.
William Roberts made this book for me. He brought so much humour and character to his task. I've heard Bill Bryson narrate his other books, but he could never bring the professional style to the job that William Roberts achieves.
I listen to a chapter at a time on my train commute, but sometimes if I haven't finished the chapter I will wait on the platform and continue listening till the chapter ends.
Inspires me to do an adventure walk myself. But definitely not the Appalachain trail - too hard! I liked his description of a walk in Europe though.
I really really enjoyed this book- it made want to walk at least some of the trail someday. Which is saying something given how lazy I am. Bill Bryson is one of the best travel writers ever and this is a shining example of his best work
Dianne in Canada
I liked the way the author interwove some natural history with his story but would have found it more interesting and more entertaining if there was more about his walking through the woods. Sometimes I found it a little slow when he'd "side-track". I didnt' find it as funny as other reviewers did.
fantastic story, well narrated, bryson at his best again, very well paced and never dull, almost makes you want to join him, though at a 2400 km walk not quite
As a person who does quite a bit of hiking herself, I really enjoyed this book, it's funny, it's entertaining and it certainly makes you want to pack and head out for your own adventure. William Robertson's narrating is just excellent.
"A walk in the woods"
This is my favourite audio book. I love Bryson's dry wit mixed with his often critical assessment of how Americans fail to look after the woods and wildlife they should be protecting. I can understand his desire to walk the Appalachian Trail and listening to this audio book often inspires me to go walking myself (though not 2,000 miles).
Bryson and Stephen Katz set off into the american wilderness only to find they are way out of their depth. With dangers such as bears, mountain lions, moose and more importantly Bryson's own vivid imagination the pair stumble their way along the trail. This book is packed with humour.
William Roberts' narration is perfect and helps to put Bill Bryson's audio books as a must have for any a.b. collection. I hope Audible get more of Bryson's books, Their worth a listen.
"a new bryson fan"
i have only jsut started to read bill bryson. this book was fun and amusing as was the other i read (small town america) and i think i will read the rest. yes there are a lot of references to trees etc but he is walking the appilation trail. the reader, whom i think must read all his books, reads it so well.
"wilderness adventure from the comfort of home"
I really enjoyed Bill Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods' because it combines humour which can make you laugh out loud (usually at the expense of fools whom Bryson meets along the way) and a real sense of the beauty and wonder of North America's natural hertiage.
Bryson's descriptions are able to pick out the most interesting details of places and people which entertain the listener throughout and his criticism of everything wrong with the US attitude to the environment also struck a cord with me. Despite some merciless attacks on government agencies who fail to protect America's wood lands, the author manages to convey a love for his native country which inspires you to follow in his footsteps. I will definately be downloading more Bill Bryson books in the future.
"My very favourite Bill Bryson escapade. "
I really enjoyed listening to A walk in the Woods. Both informative and laugh out loud funny..
"Really enjoyed this book"
Really well written and strong narration. The story was both informative and amusing really taking you on the journey with them. Will be reading more of his books in the future.
"Held your attention but low on novelty."
Yes and No. The premise is OK but the content feels thin. It feels padded with geographical facts making it neither a clear travelogue or an exposition of the trail. If you want a hint of the challenge facing you on the trail it gives you a very personal feel, but otherwise leave it.
It petered out. Nothing to add.
Narration matched the book just fine.
Unless he plans to finish the walk NO. However, its much much better than the film which was rather amateur.
A pleasant way to pass a few hours
The humour throughout and mixture of tales of the personal experience with details and descriptions of the places and their history- with an edgy attitude at times.
So many entertaining moments so it is hard to narrow it down to just one. Enjoyed it all.
Not yet although based on my enjoyment of this book I have now purchased a couple of other titles by Bill Bryson.
It's a very easy book to listen to - it's not taxing to take it all in, so it's an ideal book to listen to whether you are dipping in and out or if you want a marathon sitting to read in one go. My father is in hospital and finds this is a good entertaining book to while away the hours and let his mind wander where sadly his body no longer can.
The narrator initially seemed overbearing but after a few chapters I came to enjoy his style- it brought the book and the characters to life - just right - it feels like listening to Bill himself.
"Loved this story"
Yes, I would listen to it again. The reader was excellent, and it was a very uplifting story with a lot of humour.
The laughs out aloud. There were so many times that I would suddenly burst out laughing over different bits, such as them discovering that they had left most of the food behind.
When Cats bought the underwear for the large woman and discovered she was married when the husband came looking for him, and he had to hid from the husband. He was suddenly very desperate to get walking again.
Stephen (Cats) opening up to Bill and admitting that his life was a struggle and how difficult it was to stay away from alcohol. It was a very human moment with lots of feeling.
I would recommend this book to everyone, it is full of history, humour and also a spectrum of honest human feelings from repulsion to compassion, it is a very real book. You can really imagine and feel their journey in not just the physical sense but emotional as well.
"Unexpected but another Bryson Hit"
His friend Catz adds extra spice to the menu of Bryson's dry wit.
Him & Me. Unfortunately we do not get Catz's personal view, but the listener can imagine.
He illuminates Bryson
The separation ....
I avoided this Bryson offering, as I thought it would be a little dull. I mean a "A Walk In The Woods"! How wrong could I be. I would of liked Catz to have his own voice in this book, as I think that would have made it even funnier.
"A talk in the woods"
having never listened to or read a Bill Bryson book before I didn't know what to expect. I bought the unabridged version of the book and having listened to it, I now think perhaps the abridged would have been better. If you are familiar with Bill's seemingly endless historical, cultural and geographical waffling...and enjoy this, then you'll love the unabridged version. I however absolutely loved the story of him and Katz and although a little extra information about the trail was great, I soon got bored of it and just wanted to hear more about his antics on the trail. So if you'd rather just stick to the story, I would imagine the abridged version would be more your cup of tea :)
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