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).
I read everything I can get a hold of about long distance hiking. So, found it interesting knowing nothing about the Appalachian Trail. I thought the reader must be the author which I thought made him good realizing at the end he wasn’t. Dated and off-color at times.
While I appreciate the history interspersed, at times I was reminded of Moby Dick and dwscriptions of whale paintings. The story and the adventure were the reason I enjoyed this book. Some backstory is necessary. Too much borders on Melville.
For anyone who has hiked part of the AT, any long distance Trail, or is considering it, this will be both entertaining and educational.
Bryson does a great job describing and informing readers on the everything that might pertain to or near the Appalachian Trail. From "Stonewall" Jackson to mussels within the lakes.
This is a funny, compelling, wonderful book! I have both read and listened to the book, and I thought the narrator did bring a unique element to his reading. His voice takes a minute to get used to, but once you get past that, he does some justice to Bill Bryson’s wit. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY
The characters are real people who are hilarious. You just can't get this level of humor in fiction. Read this book!
throughout this book nr. bryson finds negativity in everything his does. of every person he runs across. none of this work has to do with the AT. it involves side stories. all matter of happenings that are only peripheral to hiking the AT, and all negative. if you would like to read a charming and well balanced view of hiking the AT. then i would highly recommend
' AWOL ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, by david miller. you may like to read my review
of mr. miller's book.
I thought that this book would be about hiking the AT. While part of it is, it is a thinly veiled pretense for environmental activism. I wanted to listen to a man's story of the trials and tribulations facing the trail, which is how the book is described. However, more of it had to do with global warming and the problems facing the trail. Not at all what I was hoping for.
Having read/listened to other Bryson books i was expecting to like the book but unfortunately this one fell flat for me. As someone who participates in many outdoor activities i had a hard time understanding how anyone with intelligence would willingly go into (semi)wilderness so unprepared and then rinse and repeat. If you want better Bryson stick with One Summer or A Short History of Nearly everything IMHO
I prefer hearing the books read by the author but this was well done. Thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of events and places. Both fascinating and funny.