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When Bryson speaks for the many Americans he encounters along the way--in various shops, restaurants, airports, and along the trail--he launches into his American accent, which is whiny and full of hard r's. And his southern intonations are a hoot. He's even got a special voice used exclusively when speaking for his somewhat surprising trail partner, Katz. In the 25 years since their school days together, Katz has put on quite a bit of weight. In fact, "he brought to mind Orson Welles after a very bad night. He was limping a little and breathing harder than one ought to after a walk of 20 yards." Katz often speaks in monosyllables, and Bryson brings his limited vocabulary humorously to life. One of Katz's more memorable utterings is "flung," as in flung most of his provisions over the cliff because they were too heavy to carry any farther.
The author has thoroughly researched the history and the making of the Appalachian Trail. Bryson describes the destruction of many parts of the forest and warns of the continuing perils (both natural and man-made) the Trail faces. He speaks of the natural beauty and splendor as he and Katz pass through, and he recalls clearly the serious dangers the two face during their time together on the trail. So, A Walk in the Woods is not simply an out-of-shape, middle-aged man's desire to prove that he can still accomplish a major physical task; it's also a plea for the conservation of America's last wilderness. Bryson's telling is a knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud funny trek through the woods, with a touch of science and history thrown in for good measure. (Running time: 360 minutes, four cassettes) --Colleen Preston --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The last book I read before "A Walk in the Woods" was Sam Harris' "Waking Up," an ersatz, cynical tract purporting to be a guide to spiritual contentment. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Andrew S. Doctoroff
I frequently laughed out loud when reading "A Walk in the Woods." I rarely laughed though often smiled when listening to the audio version. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by C. Brady
This book made me laugh out loud. Its not new, but I'm glad I discovered it!Published 1 day ago by Eleanor Maynard
Just finished reading "Wild" by Cheryl Stayed and so enjoyed it that I took Amazon's suggestion for this book. I found it wildly entertaining and funny. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Leslie Fox-Priest
After seeing a very small part of the trail I wanted to know more. This book was exactly what I wanted. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Suegid
I can think of only a dozen or so books that have made me laugh aloud, and this is one of them. I was smiling, chuckling, and guffawing over and over as Bill Bryson explained the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Avid Reader
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. He describes his experience on the AT with humor and honesty that make this book not just a story about hiking and hardship but... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Melissa Cupp