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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.
I read this book on pages years ago and I have just finished listening to this audio version. I think this is the best book Bill Bryson has ever written. An engaging story of walking through the woods! Like all good books it has inspired me. I must get out and see more of the natural world, bring me the back pack...
I love this narrator (much easier to listen to than Bryson himself imo). The story is interesting, informative, very funny and poignant. I have listened 3 times.
Bill Bryson is an amusing man and this is a very entertaining account of his walk along the Appalachian Trail. The book is filled with a number of interesting facts about the trails history and the fauna and flora found along it. Bryson discusses the management of the parks with some criticism and was in places quite "unkind" in his description of the people he met along the way. This detracted from an otherwise interesting and humorous account of his walk in the woods
Book Lover- Movie Lover and Chain Tea Drinker!
As with all Bill Bryson books this manages to give you a whole load of information while keeping you interested and entertained with his trademark self deprecating sense of humour
Being a walker myself (or hiker as its called in the States-spoiler alert hiking is walking!) I think this is the best of the Bill Bryson books and one I come back to regularly whenever I need cheering up.
Don't want to spoil anything for anybody but listen out for the tent dwelling night time encounter with the unidentified creature!
Laugh......so much so that a little warning to anybody planning to listen to this on public transport..you may find people looking nervously sideways at you and slowly edging away as you burst into spurts of uncontrollable laughter!
I loved it.
Do yourself a favour and buy it.
"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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