Great book! I loved all of the facts and information about the Appalachian Trail and the task of completing the journey. Many humorous asides about the shopping for the trek and the "what ifs" that could happen along the trail. His companion for much of the hike, Katz, was a total crack up! I have to admit that the book lagged for me a little about 2/3 of the way through but overall it was very good.
I've become a fan of Bryson's - I like his humor :-)
Refreshing. Hilarious! Very informative. Makes me want to hike the Appalachian Trail myself, but I feel like I did mostly because Bill Bryson writes in such crisp detail.
I picked this up and was instantly hooked. I love non-fiction travel accounts, and this was top notch. Not only is it filled with so much information that I feel confident I could brave the AT now, but the witty banter between Bryson and his cohort, Stephen Katz, is so freaking funny. The hilarity that ensues the whole time they are together, the mixture of friends they make along the way, the facts, the stories Bryson tells within the story, his cleverly pitched campaigns to the reader about better treatment of America's natural and historic legends are just a few more reasons why this book is so entertaining. Bryson's writing is so genuine and heartfelt. Very pleasant to read!
I think I will get the audio book for fun. I really loved this book, and I think I'll appreciate it even more hearing it told by the author himself. I'll probably laugh till I burst while I'm listening. I can't wait!
As a hiker and a lover of humorous writing, this is my all time favorite non-fiction book!! Absolutely gut busting funny and informative at the same time. I will never hike the AP trail (I have this annoying thing called a JOB that I need to keep and make money to pay bills) it is still a very eye - opening book about the trail, it's history, and some of it's highlights.
VEry good story about the author walking the Appalation trail. Really brings the task into perspective.