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)
The book had a great flow and was easy to listen to. Factual and humorous. The story made me appreciate my father and his successful efforts to take me hiking and camping as a child, because many of the fears that this author had about hiking were simply fears I did not have, because of my experience so long ago. That being said, I still respected the author for his efforts at research, planning, and execution.
Loved this book - well written, entertaining, peaceful at times and really funny at others. Nice blend of history worked in.
BUT there were lots of off-color words that detracted from the storyline for me. May not bother others. Seemed unnecessary and means I can't recommend this to some people I'd like to - like my father.
An absolutely wonderfully written and narrated insight into a Everyman's effort at hitting the AT! Bill Bryson always has a humorous and informational approach to his writing, and this follows suit with his other excellent works!
I have listened to the audible version of this book, much of it while gritting my teeth at the nonsense that Bryson touts as fact. His opinions are of course his own, no matter how much I disagree with them, but his declarations about the trail, the army corps of engineers, and the US Forrestry service are pure nonsense. To take this book as any sort of gospel on how to hike is folly. Bryson was unprepared, unconditioned, and quit far to often and easily. I'm sorry he got my few cents of royalty pay on this purchase. I did enjoy the movie based on this book, probably because it omits almost all of his nonsense and focuses on the friendship and personal gain aspects of an attempted through hike
I like to read non-fiction, mostly.
I read this book years ago, and loved it. I felt like revisiting it via audiobook, so I picked this up. Overall, I am enjoying it just as much as I did the first time, but I feel compelled to point out a rather shocking number of mispronunciations by the reader. At first, I thought it was me, and that maybe *I* was the one who had it wrong, but they just kept coming. Then, when he pronounced Mackinac as mack-en-ack, I knew it wasn't me, and I wished I had kept a list. Also, he frequently makes Katz sound quite like Napoleon Dynamite. It's a minor annoyance in an otherwise delightful audiobook.
I had to think twice about listening in the early going. The bear attack chapter was .....more than enough. But once I got through it I was with the 2 every step. I personally really liked the detailed history of The AT and the places along the way. I especially liked the way he explained how various sections were formed geologically. The stories about My Washington in Vt were great!
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