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)
If found this an inspiring and entertain book as the author and his companion attempt a challenge few try and fewer complete and what it means to just attempt a great feat.
The narrator was excellent. I so enjoyed how he voiced both Bill Bryson, and Katz. There was a good mix of history & other information with the rest of the narrative. I have to say, this really was the perfect thing to listen to while walking at a nearby wooded park.
It's not bad writing... I just don't see what everyone is so enamored about. Bryson condescendingly mocks practically everyone he meets in this story and comes off somewhat misanthropic. This being my first book by him, I wonder if these criticisms are isolated to this book, or if they are indicative of his work as a whole. It'll probably be a while before I give Bryson another chance.
More than just a story about a long walk and two very different people. An insight into the grandeur of the planet and dare I say the damage we humans are doing to other living organisms and the environment due to either disrespect or willfulness. Thank you to Bill Bryson for taking time to write this ode of our past and what the future may hold. Nature / evolution will have the final say - will we survive ?
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