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)
I think I wanted more from this, though, I most certainly learned some things. There are several truly funny parts. Overall, a decent read.
The story telling is good. If you are reading this to get a feel for how it will be thru-hiking the AT then read AWOL instead. Bill Bryson is great at telling a story and through his memory of hiking he did just that. For me though, I am a Bill Bryson hater....
Teacher, Outdoor Sports Enthusiast
Yes, it's very funny and good writing.
Hard to say.
The title leads the reader to believe he/she will be reading about an epic trek on the Appalachian Trail. Rather, Bryson and Katz do only a fraction of the trail and wander off on other day hikes and trips talking more about them than the AT itself.
Bryson is funny, but has an annoying way of going into diatribes on the National Park Service and environmentalism. That's fine, but this book doesn't deliver as advertised about the Appalachian Trail.
I've read the book and listened to it as well. Both times, it was an "entertaining disappointment."
It feels as though Bryson had to write this one for his publisher and because he put so much time into his unsuccessful AT attempt.
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