The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).
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"Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like A Walk in the Woods." (The New York Times)
"A terribly misguided, and terribly funny tale of adventure.... The yarn is choke-on-your-coffee funny." (The Washington Post)
"Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud." (Chicago Sun-Times)
The abridged version was great and the unabridged one is even better. If you haven’t already, click this one into your cart and enjoy the tale of two unlikely travelers in America’s backcountry as only Bill Bryson can tell it. Packed with history and hilarity I enjoyed every minute.
Having read Bryson's The Short History of Nearly Everything and At Home: A History of Private Life, this book was a surprise for me. This book was written well before those two, and was a huge departure from what I expected.
This has a little history and a little science, but it is mostly the story if Bryson and a friend walking Appalachian. While that may not sound very exciting, it is! This story is never boring and will constantly make you laugh. It demonstrates a much different side of Bill Brysonthan I knew.
Also, whole many reviewers say they prefer when Bill Bryson reads his own work. I do not agree. At Home was read by Bryson, and it was ok. The narrator for this book is more than ok! He is exceptional and does an amazing job with the character voices. I don't think fans of the author will be disappointed with the narration!!
I've read this book several times over the years. Many years ago, during a road trip, I tried to listen to the audiobook narrated by the author, but couldn't get through the first chapter. Bryson is a wonderful writer, but he needs to leave the narration to the pros. When I saw that this had been narrated by someone else, I decided to give it a try. Rob McQuay did a fabulous job. I hope he'll read some of Bryson's other books. Bryson is a brilliant writer, but he needs a reader that can do justice to his wonderful storytelling. McQuay pulled it off. I highly recommend this audiobook.
Yes, A Walk in the Woods brought back so many memories of hiking and camping the mountains.
Offering a much needed escape from a busy,confusing world.
The section devoted to the author's first trip to the outfitters reminded me of the excitement and utter confusion that go with a first time backcountry adventure.
I laughed lot.
I loved Bill Bryson's guided tour of the Appalachian Trail. The story stays interesting due to the author giving us tidbits of the history of the places he is hiking through and the history of the trail itself. There are also some hilarious interactions with the denizens of Appalachia-human and otherwise. His hiking partner, Katz, not exactly a model of fitness, also provides much comic relief. Overall a greatly entertaining listen.
Loved the self-deprecating humor included in the trials and tribulations of the journey. I also enjoyed the history of the AT included in the story. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job and made me laugh out loud with some of this characterizations. Very nicely done!
This is a light 'read' that brought back vivid memories of some of my fondest vacations.
The smelly, querky people you meet on the trail and in the towns, may seem like fiction to to people who have not hiked, but are very true to live. After a few weeks they are all your family.
I will probably pull this one back up in a few years and relive the adventure and enjoy the laughs all over again.... Thanks Bill for keeping the memories alive.
So. California native, now living in Austin, TX
I read this to compare and contrast to Chery Strayed's book, "Wild" about walking the PCT. Trying to decide which trail I want to undertake in a couple years. There was so much great trail and wildlife info in this book, but craftily couched in an entertaining rendition of the time on the trail.
There were many moments I could picture myself on the trail, so well described. Loved it!
This book makes me want to hike more! I learned a lot about the history of the AT and enjoyed the stories of Bryson's travels. I really enjoyed his sometimes hiking partner (and all of his issues) and also hearing about some of the odd people they met along the trail. The AT sounds intimidating, amazing, spiritual, enlightening and beautiful. It's a good read and a great way to experience the AT a little bit without strapping on a heavy pack and getting blisters on your feet.
The reader was very enjoyable - nice tone and a few character voices. Definitely a good choice!
I've read this book many times and was pleased to find an unabridged audio version. But the narrator chose to read Katz's dialogue in a low monotone, mispronounces common words ("willy-ness" instead of wiliness, Mackinac with a hard c) and uses a long a in Appalachian (admittedly a pet peeve -- I live near the trail in Western North Carolina and it is pronounced with a short "a" by people who live in the Appalachian mountains. Using the long "a" labels you as an outsider). I couldn't finish listening to it.
I'll have to stick with the abridged version read by Bryson himself.
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