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)
This is a great book for a road trip. Aw heck, it's probably a great book for anytime. Bryson has a tremendous whit and lots of information. Spoiler alert...you will find out that bears sometimes eat people and in Bryson dry sense of humor, all the ways that bears eat people. An interesting combination of struggle, triumph, understanding, science, politics and environmentalism, all rolled up in a Brysonesque package for consumption on whatever trail you are taking.
If you are interested in a book about the adventures of hiking the APT, it's safe pass this one up. If you want a preachy, 12 hour rant about how bad the government is ruining the world, this book is for you! I was completely disappointed in this book. I picked up this book to here about adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail. What I got was a lot of complaining about the Forest Service while hiking. On the positive side, Bill Bryson does provide a good history lesson about the trail. He also wonderfully describes the constant changing of the trail, poor quality of maps available, and a bit about the importance of selecting the proper gear. The tales he tells of hiking the trail and the feelings he has through his adventures kept me listening. However, the constant rants about the forest service drew me away. Unfortunately, the rants soon turn into preaching, and at that point I could hear no more. I couldn't even finish this book.
I really enjoyed the panoramic descriptions that Bryson delivers.
Level, engaging, dry
No. I had to push my way through certain parts.
Although I found this book somewhat enjoyable, it was also a slight "let-down". I wanted more of a through-hiker's depiction of the hike, but there were too many times the author decided to "fill pages" with historical content and environmental position statements. While I may agree, and sympathize, with the author's point of view, I just wanted more of a journey book. I loved the character, Katz.
1) Bill Bryson reading it
2) More history and information
He was perfectly fine, but it should have been Bryson himself, and the story was not that interesting.
Yes, there were some funny moments and the info about the department of forestry was interesting.
This is one of my favorite books of all time, however the narration of this unabridged version is a wet blanket that puts out all of the humor, and spirit of Bill Bryson's excellent writing. It is unlistenable.
There are at least two other recordings of A Walk In The Woods- an abridged version read by Bryson himself which is good but abbreviated. Then there is the expert performance by Ron McLarty which should be considered the authoritative reading of the book. His performance is excellent, and captures the weight and humor of the story, and matches the care that Bryson obviously put into writing it. I still laugh out loud when I listen to it, about once a year.
This is not that recording.
Go find a copy of McLarty's performance used on CD and you will thank me, or petition Audible to acquire the rights to that performance to make available for purchase here. It really makes all of the difference.
The descriptions of the AT.
It was entertaining and funny. Even the things that were uncomfortable were funny.
Everything with Katz in it. I sure would hate to have him as my walking buddy.
Bill Bryson can bring a fresh outlook to any subject.
I will never walk the AT, but after listening to this audio book I feel like I've been there, the narrator's voice is great and along with the adventure of walking the AT this book is very informative without being tedious.
Of course I love the two main characters Bill Bryson and Steven Katz, they are kind of opposites and the dynamic between them is amusing.
He has a great voice, enjoyable to listen to and I love the way he changes his voice for each character.
This was a very boring book.... I thought it was supposed to be a lot funnier. Aside from a line or two every few chapters, it was very boring.... However, I did learn a few good facts about trees and the Appalachian trail.
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