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"Superbly witty and unbelievably funny."
Best listened to in private for fear of shrieking in uncontrollable laughter. would thoroughly recommend to anyone.
"An amusing account of a trek through the AT"
Bill Bryson is an amusing man and this is a very entertaining account of his walk along the Appalachian Trail. The book is filled with a number of interesting facts about the trails history and the fauna and flora found along it. Bryson discusses the management of the parks with some criticism and was in places quite "unkind" in his description of the people he met along the way. This detracted from an otherwise interesting and humorous account of his walk in the woods
"Bill Bryson at his best!"
As with all Bill Bryson books this manages to give you a whole load of information while keeping you interested and entertained with his trademark self deprecating sense of humour
Being a walker myself (or hiker as its called in the States-spoiler alert hiking is walking!) I think this is the best of the Bill Bryson books and one I come back to regularly whenever I need cheering up.
Don't want to spoil anything for anybody but listen out for the tent dwelling night time encounter with the unidentified creature!
Laugh......so much so that a little warning to anybody planning to listen to this on public transport..you may find people looking nervously sideways at you and slowly edging away as you burst into spurts of uncontrollable laughter!
I loved it.
Do yourself a favour and buy it.
"A really enjoyable story. Love Bryson"
A good story well told. Don't know whether it would have been better read by the author.
"Do Not Listen In Public"
Do not listen to this audiobook in a public place. I've done my bit to warn you. This book is hilarious. Despite Bill’s brilliantly frightening description of the risks of walking the Appalachian Trail I found myself wishing I was on the walk with them. Incidentally William Roberts’ delivery is without fault.
One of the best and very funny too. I've listened to it many times.
Roberts has done others for Bryson and I find him easy to listen to
Parts of this book has had me laughing out loud
"Bryson at his best."
Yes, Bryson has a very specific style which is funny and informative, making you feel like you are traveling with him. I think this is his best book, which ive read before, but never as an audio book.
Katz admitting to throwing the coffee filters in order to save weight in his rucksack.
I think I would always find it difficult to listen to an entire book at once.
"This walk is a stroll"
As always Bill Bryson laces the narrative with memorable anecdotes.
where rodents walked over Bill and his friend in the night while they tried to sleep
how he emphasizes and pauses for effect as he relates incidents
Where his companion explains his struggle with alcoholism
Everything about the subject is covered so no previous knowledge is required.
The main characters involved in its creation are all discussed, and there are so many
colourful anectotes as always with Bill Bryson that one can return to the book again and again with pleasure
"Involving and stirring version of a good story."
I'm a longstanding Bill Bryson fan and this is one of the first books of his I read. It evokes the landscape and experience of a long hike through America incredibly well.
Bryson's irascible and fallible companion, Stephen Katz, and the old AT itself.
It's a bit long for that but the chapter structure and narrative is straightforward to tackle in sections.
This was the first Bill Bryson book I ever read and I still love the way the story is constructed and the way he diverts off down historical and natural side-trails from the main narrative is still great. It's classic Bryson and remains a great listen - the motorway hours flew by!
"The wonderful walk"
Seldom have I read a more interesting and entertaining book. Bill Bryson takes us through the highs and lows of walking the American trails from the purchase of thousand and one items that salesman insists are essential for every hiker. Not only do we glimps the wonders of nature but he explains the folly of those who are entrusted with the care of these wonderful places. The very best part of the book is the host of wonderful characters he meets along his way.
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