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).
©1999 Bill Bryson (P)2012 Random House Audio
"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)
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.
I loved the authors wry sense of humor about the difficulties of taking on such an adventure and the preparations involved with doing so.
Had me smiling and recalling similar experiences on one of many of my own hikes.
made me laugh a lot.
Buyer Alert: If you are shopping for an informative, comprehensive journal type account of Appalachian Trail hiking, this is NOT your book. It's more a Reader's Digest version of the time the author spent on the AT.
I listened to this book while doing yard work, so my listening time was not exactly wasted, but I would choose a different story if I had a do-over here. The beginning of the book held my interest and seem to promise an interesting account of walking the AT and those details in the book are good, informative to someone like myself who has no expectations of ever "doing the AT". But, the story wanders too often off the tale of the trail to rail against the Park Service, poke condescending jibs at small towns and local folks met along the way, and do a little ecological preaching.
I did enjoy the narration. Mr. McQuay was very easy to listen to.
Not unless read by the author
Story was hilarious
I had owned the CD audio recording and without reading the details - assumed this would have also be read by Bill Bryson. There is no comparison between the narrator Rob McQuay and the actual author. The author is much better. I will think twice or more before ordering any additional audo books from Audible.
If you live the outdoors you will enjoy this book immensely. And even if you don't, it is a unique and compelling glimpse into the world of hiking the AT.
The narrator is excellent. It is not a good book to listen to to go to sleep. The story is interesting. One of my favorite parts was the description of Gatlinburg.
So I'm coming to this book from Cheryl Strayed's Wild. I was expected Domingo similar to Wild, a person discovering something about while testing themselves in nature. That is not this book.
Don't get me wrong, this is still a good book. Witty, humorous and informative...but not what I expected.
I think the most off putting aspect of this book is how negative it is, I've never read Bill Brydon's work before, but he does sound like a very likeable guy....funny yes, but still unlike able.
The book is the story of Bill's attempt to hike the AT interwoven if facts about the trail and the Appalachians in general...its to bad that all of these facts are passive aggressive digs at the U.S. It's almost like Bill has a bone to pick and this book is his way of doing just that. It seems like every person he meets in this book is an idiot American, the Forestry service is run by a bunch of buffoons and the U.S. In general screwed everything up.
Sure Bill says some nice things about a few things, but only after debasing it for 20 minutes.
If you are looking for a well written story about a guy whining about the US while trying to hike the AT then this book is for you.
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