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 was the first Bill Bryson book I read, and soon after went on the hunt for his others. But this unabridged version is not read by Mr Bryson, I had grown accustomed to his voice, and was disappointed to hear anther's voice, Bill does read his abridged version.
I love his outlook on the world, and his humorous bit of sarcasm. It lends hope to us other midlifers, that if Bill and Katz can walk a few hundred miles, then surely a couch potato like me can also.
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.
A great story of two men of a certain age hiking the Appellation trail. There is a lot of humour as you can imagine... Out of shape, a bit unprepared ETC. The book will be made into a movie with Robert Redford and Nick Notre. That should be fun. What I didn't like was periodically the author would go off on a kind of political rant... Usually against what is being done out not being done to the trail... How the money available is being spent our not spent to his liking. Aside from that it was a good tale. Read it before seeing the movie.
I listened to this book while on a two day work trip in a truck after a friend recommended it to me. I've hiked some of the areas mentioned in the book and because of that felt a connection of sorts where I found myself saying "yes, that's absolutely true".
The humor in the writing and the voices used by the narrator were a perfect match for what I was looking for.
Listened to many chapters multiple times to absorb the fascinating history and facts about Trees, Explorers, Bears, Trail History, Civil War battles and personalities related to trail locations. Not at all what I expected but loved all of it.
Great voices - very talented in bringing personalities and joking phrasing to life.
I didn't give Five Stars only because - - Spoiler Alert - - Billy Bryson does not walk the entire Trail. But there were so many extras about local history, animal life and forestry that I fully enjoyed the book. Not the meditative trail experience I was expecting - but loved the humor, history and take on friendship I got instead. Great audio book!
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