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)
Anyone who likes being outdoors, hiking and camping would love this book. I read it many years ago and recently listened to it. THEN . . . I watched the movie. It only takes the "walk" through the Appalachians before it ends. What a let down! The author walked the entire length. I can't understand how he approved such a watered down version of his work.
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I got this book after listing to AWOL on the Appalachian Train. I enjoyed that book so much that I wanted to give another AT book a try. This book does not even compare. Mr Bryson spends a good bit of time bashing the Forest Service, the Park service and the Army Corps of Engineers. Now, I am not one to jump to the defense of the federal government, but IMO those agencies are some of the precious few that actually enrich our lives instead of trying to make our lives miserable. He even takes a jab at the Boy Scouts. When I was a wee lad, I was a Boy Scout and I can assure Mr. Bryson that my tent and the tents of my fellow Scouts NEVER fell down. Between the bashing and lecturing on the state of our woodlands there is some narrative on his AT hiking experience, but even that reads more like fiction. If you want to read a book on the AT, read David Millers AWOL on the Appalachian Trail and leave this on alone.
The story is great. But - the author goes off on long lectures about the environment and global warming and past bad Forest Services practices. The problem is that this takes you away from a great story. The movie leaves out the lectures, and you're left with a great story. There's just one scene where the environment is discussed, which was good. When I want to read about depressing environmental stories, I'll go read one. When I want an entertaining story about two old guys in the woods, that's what I want. I don't think the two can be blended without putting a major damper on an otherwise good story. I am returning the book. I didn't finish it. I watched the movie instead hoping they filtered out the lectures, and they did. I've never said a movie was better than the book before. But, in this case, it was.
Enjoyed them all.
Has been done. Movie is great. Better than the book, because it leaves out all the lectures.
Watch the movie instead. I'm returning the book unfinished. Got sick of getting a lecture when I just wanted to know what happens next.
Wonderful earlier work by storyteller Bryson, but with the occasional flaw of a master becoming.
I love the story and it certainly rekindled my now desired to walk, and walk further than the last walk.
The narration was good enough, but it would have been better in Bryson's own voice I think.
Kind-of...I listened to it quickly at any rate.
There were some good things, but they were overshadowed by the pessimism. I would love to witness this story told from the point of view of an optimist.
Cannot believe why i waited so long to read this one! I have loved everyone of Mr. Bryson's books, but this one i truly enjoyed. It is so wonderful to stroll into the forest with the always present sincerity, wit and great humor, so characteristically of Bill Bryson; i could almost feel the fragrance of the moist soil and hear the rumor of the woods.
laugh!! many times.
The actual story of the hiking was great. The tangents the authors takes on various subjects are at times interesting and at other times not so interesting. Overall it was enjoyable!
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