©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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First experience of Bill Bryson and enjoyed his style and humour. The audiobook is a great way to discover something I'm never likely to experience!
"good book. a nice listen"
good book that is worth a read if you are a fan of bill brysons style
"Brilliant in audio"
I've never 'read' Bill Bryson before but I know he's hugely popular. I ordered this as a daily deal and so glad I did, it was hugely entertaining. He throws in some facts and stats along the way, whilst keeping us hooked with his anecdotes about his and Katz journey. Will definitely use a credit for another of his books. At first I wasn't keen on the narrator but actually grew to love his storytelling! Great stuff!
Enthralling from start to finish. It makes me want to pick up my pack and follow them, no not as far as Maine it must be said. Bryson's dry humour is evident throughout and you can tell he has a slightly British feel to his prose even if the naration is all American. Naration is excellent by the way, accurate emphasis throughout. Really enjoyed this book.
The story was well told,the narrator first class, I normally shy aware from American narrators.
The Americans make a big fuss of their wilderness, what wilderness! There are bale out routes everywhere,the trail is surrounded by civilisation and public roads, shops , motels and townships. You just call up a taxi or hitch a ride. Allowing you escape from miserable trail to a equally dismal town or campsite.
I have experience by far better hiking across the Scottish mountains and the Lake District. Ok we do not have bears and the like but we do have an abundance of none violet wildlife.
I think the AT should be renamed as the chemical trail as everything appears to be dying from acid rain et al.
I fine it hard to envisaged anyone being inspired by this entertaining book to engage in this grossly over blown "adventure " in American
"As hard to read as the journey."
Very slow and more was expected of Bill. Disappointed. Was expecting an interesting Audible book.
"Where did the walk go?"
The first half yes but the second part is boring and disappointing. A mixture of history, geology and many boring facts.
It has been.
Feel rather let down by Mr B making me wade through all the tedious padding.
"A good fun listen."
This was a very gentle book to listen to and I loved it. It's relatively slow paced, nice and relaxing, but also has a good sense of fun to it. I'll listen to this one again and again.
"Great book and very very well read."
Great book and very very well read. Made my long journeys bearable. Recommended. thank you
"A Pleasure to listen to"
Pretty highly. I've not listened to many, but in an earlier review on another book I said that I found the American accent difficult - not so with William Roberts, who has an easy to listen to narration.
Probably the sessions where Stephen Katz "lightens his load" - pretty hilarious, and so easy to visualise happening.
Getting ready for the initial hike. I am a walker myself, and I know how buying kit can be such a minefield, and this was hilarious.
The section where Bryson and Katz become separated in the wilderness - I kept listening to see how this was resolved.
For years I've considered reading something by Bill Bryson, but have never actually got around to it. I shall now look out for more. The work is a great combination of autobiographical travelogue, combined with history, geography and whatever else as the journey is made, and all done with a good degree of humour. Totally enjoyable.
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