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).
Is there anything you would change about this book?
Get a good editor. Also, more about the trail, the people who hike it, why they hike it, and the country around it. Less Bill and Katz. They aren't very interesting people. At least not on the trial and with each other. And give us reasons to care about the trail and people who hike it.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
It could have been 1/2 to 2/3 the length and still fine. It was not a compelling story. I didn't care if he made it or not - Bryson doesn't give the reader a reason to care about whether he makes it because, in part, the characters don't care.
What didn’t you like about Rob McQuay’s performance?
Put me to sleep. Even Mr. McQuay was not interested in what Bill was doing and why.
Was A Walk in the Woods worth the listening time?
Yes, but just barely. I wish I hadn't put off other books for this one.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Rob McQuay?
I am a huge fan of Bill Bryson. His wit, his insights and style are amazing but this narration is disappointing. There is no depth or inflection...
What did you like best about this story?
The book. Read it and pass on this listen
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Basically lik ehe read the phone book....boring
What character would you cut from A Walk in the Woods?
Any additional comments?
This is a great opportunity to use Audible's return policy
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
The language was too much for me. I couldn't finish the book. If you don't like hearing the F word over and over and over again, like me, then choose something else.
9 of 15 people found this review helpful
Bill Bryson needs an attitude adjustment. The snobbery and misogyny in this book astounded me! Not recommended.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Buyer Alert: If you are shopping for an informative, comprehensive journal type account of Appalachian Trail hiking, this is NOT your book. It's more a Reader's Digest version of the time the author spent on the AT.
I listened to this book while doing yard work, so my listening time was not exactly wasted, but I would choose a different story if I had a do-over here. The beginning of the book held my interest and seem to promise an interesting account of walking the AT and those details in the book are good, informative to someone like myself who has no expectations of ever "doing the AT". But, the story wanders too often off the tale of the trail to rail against the Park Service, poke condescending jibs at small towns and local folks met along the way, and do a little ecological preaching.
I did enjoy the narration. Mr. McQuay was very easy to listen to.
7 of 12 people found this review helpful
I was very pleased with this book. it was informative and funny. would recommend to anyone who enjoys being outside!
Entertained from the start. Fact valididation endeavors proved enlightening. A very worthwhile listen despite no bears, but some Buds.
One of the greatest books I've listened too, but it's strange at the end. Not what I expected going in but absolutely amazing! If you're on the fence just get it.
About 2/3 into the book it got a little slow but overall it is a good book.
the first half was entertaining when you were telling trail stories. then it got political/historical, ok but not why I bought the book. then you don't even finish. seems to me you wrote this for a pay check.