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This is my favourite audio book. I love Bryson's dry wit mixed with his often critical assessment of how Americans fail to look after the woods and wildlife they should be protecting. I can understand his desire to walk the Appalachian Trail and listening to this audio book often inspires me to go walking myself (though not 2,000 miles).
Bryson and Stephen Katz set off into the american wilderness only to find they are way out of their depth. With dangers such as bears, mountain lions, moose and more importantly Bryson's own vivid imagination the pair stumble their way along the trail. This book is packed with humour.
William Roberts' narration is perfect and helps to put Bill Bryson's audio books as a must have for any a.b. collection. I hope Audible get more of Bryson's books, Their worth a listen.
i have only jsut started to read bill bryson. this book was fun and amusing as was the other i read (small town america) and i think i will read the rest. yes there are a lot of references to trees etc but he is walking the appilation trail. the reader, whom i think must read all his books, reads it so well.
I really enjoyed Bill Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods' because it combines humour which can make you laugh out loud (usually at the expense of fools whom Bryson meets along the way) and a real sense of the beauty and wonder of North America's natural hertiage.
Bryson's descriptions are able to pick out the most interesting details of places and people which entertain the listener throughout and his criticism of everything wrong with the US attitude to the environment also struck a cord with me. Despite some merciless attacks on government agencies who fail to protect America's wood lands, the author manages to convey a love for his native country which inspires you to follow in his footsteps. I will definately be downloading more Bill Bryson books in the future.
Yes, Bryson has a very specific style which is funny and informative, making you feel like you are traveling with him. I think this is his best book, which ive read before, but never as an audio book.
Katz admitting to throwing the coffee filters in order to save weight in his rucksack.
I think I would always find it difficult to listen to an entire book at once.
This is a great first half of a book. I walked in the woods while listening to this performance, and i laughed so hard at times, other people who obviously heard the manic laughter echo through the woods probably got scared.
Bill and Kats walk is hilarious. They do errors, they meet weird people and they walk along beautiful nature. Its written with an excellent tone from Bill, and narrated with a passion. The first half of the book is worth the purchase alone.
Second half however is not really interesting for other people than probably local citizen along parts of the AT, or AT hikers themselves. For me, not going to walk AT ever, the historical rambling in the second half and the lack of actual hiking made me go oh so very bored. My wish is that Bill wrote to shorter books instead, or perhaps edited out alot of the historical stuff in this edition.
I am at the end of the book now, and Kat is finally back into the game and they are once again going hiking. It only took three minutes and i was laughing out loud again.
As always Bill Bryson laces the narrative with memorable anecdotes.
where rodents walked over Bill and his friend in the night while they tried to sleep
how he emphasizes and pauses for effect as he relates incidents
Where his companion explains his struggle with alcoholism
Everything about the subject is covered so no previous knowledge is required.
The main characters involved in its creation are all discussed, and there are so many
colourful anectotes as always with Bill Bryson that one can return to the book again and again with pleasure
I'm a longstanding Bill Bryson fan and this is one of the first books of his I read. It evokes the landscape and experience of a long hike through America incredibly well.
Bryson's irascible and fallible companion, Stephen Katz, and the old AT itself.
It's a bit long for that but the chapter structure and narrative is straightforward to tackle in sections.
This was the first Bill Bryson book I ever read and I still love the way the story is constructed and the way he diverts off down historical and natural side-trails from the main narrative is still great. It's classic Bryson and remains a great listen - the motorway hours flew by!
Seldom have I read a more interesting and entertaining book. Bill Bryson takes us through the highs and lows of walking the American trails from the purchase of thousand and one items that salesman insists are essential for every hiker. Not only do we glimps the wonders of nature but he explains the folly of those who are entrusted with the care of these wonderful places. The very best part of the book is the host of wonderful characters he meets along his way.
Take Bill Byson's always interesting writing, spiced with copious dollops of laugh out loud passages, mix with William Roberts excellent reading style and serve on a sleek and shiny, very portable, Kindle Fire HD. A feast to nourish your funny bones and entertain you wherever you are. It doesn't get much better than this !
This book could so easily have been boring as, going for a walk, long and arduous as it is, is not an activity one would imagine which produces enough material for a good story. Not so with Bill Brysons outlook on life, he has managed to draw together material that is both informative (educational even) and humerous. Altogether a brilliant book that draws you back into it's pages not least to find out if he ever did have that encounter with a black bear. I have to pay compliment to William Roberts as narrator. Very comfortable and friendly voice to listen to.
"Bring back Bill! Loved his narration of "At Home"."
The relationship between Bill and Katz.
Cloying...Bill Bryson is nothing if not dry, and I found Mr Roberts to be obvious and, sorry...annoying.
"Brilliant as always"
I'm already a fan of Bill and read the book years ago, but this is how good it was - while doing a non-stop 100km charity walk, I saved this for the midnight to dawn section and it was so entertaining and engrossing that I pretty much forgot I was on a rutted track in the pitch dark and had been walking for 20 hours. All I remember of those hours are Bill's stories of preparing for and slogging up and down Appalachian mountains which not only made what I was doing seem really easy but I'm pretty sure made me the only person on the track who was laughing out loud. For that alone I have to give it 5 stars.
"A Walk in the Woods"
I enjoyed this book it was great.I like Bryson's sense of humour always makes me laugh out loud.
"There will never be a better AT book."
Hilariously funny book - loved every minute of it. So well brilliantly well read. I recommend this to everyone, all the time.
Katz ditching half the contents of his pack on the first day. And Bill's understandable terror of BEARS!!!!!
Down Under, Neither Here nor there, Made in America, Notes from a big country. All extremely well read, William Roberts conveys the humour better than Bill Bryson himself.
If you go into the woods tonight...Prepare for a Bear surprise!
Everyone should read this!
"What a Great Story"
I have read this book several times over the years, and I enjoy it every-time. It is a wonderful book and I love his humor.
"Anyone can have the great adventure."
I will be listening to this book again. It has so much detail, so many interesting facts that I feel I have hardly touched it with only one listening.
I love the little everyday details that made me feel I was there on the trail. And I liked the excursions off the track to the quirky history all around the Appalachian trail.
William Roberts made this book for me. He brought so much humour and character to his task. I've heard Bill Bryson narrate his other books, but he could never bring the professional style to the job that William Roberts achieves.
I listen to a chapter at a time on my train commute, but sometimes if I haven't finished the chapter I will wait on the platform and continue listening till the chapter ends.
Inspires me to do an adventure walk myself. But definitely not the Appalachain trail - too hard! I liked his description of a walk in Europe though.
I really really enjoyed this book- it made want to walk at least some of the trail someday. Which is saying something given how lazy I am. Bill Bryson is one of the best travel writers ever and this is a shining example of his best work
I liked the way the author interwove some natural history with his story but would have found it more interesting and more entertaining if there was more about his walking through the woods. Sometimes I found it a little slow when he'd "side-track". I didnt' find it as funny as other reviewers did.
"bryson at his best again"
fantastic story, well narrated, bryson at his best again, very well paced and never dull, almost makes you want to join him, though at a 2400 km walk not quite
"Makes you want to pack your bag and head off"
As a person who does quite a bit of hiking herself, I really enjoyed this book, it's funny, it's entertaining and it certainly makes you want to pack and head out for your own adventure. William Robertson's narrating is just excellent.
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