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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.
I bought this book by mistake, it was to be a gift for my husband on his iPad. Started reading it years ago and lost interest... So my review is useless.Published 1 day ago by Ginny Brown (Virginia)
I really liked the book, it took a while to get use to the style after reading another hiking book
Overall a pretty good read
Hysterically funny!! I laughed until I cried! I have since recommended this book to many people and they also raved about it. This was the book that made me a huge Bill Bryson fan!Published 2 days ago by Susan Gallagher
This was a great book, so I bought another copy as a gift. It came in promptly and the recipient loved it.Published 3 days ago by Liz
So funny! Totally recommend this story if you want to laugh, buy it!!Published 3 days ago by Happy Camper
Great story. The copy I received felt like it had been stored in a damp basement for some time and then dried out. It was readable, but the pages were very stiff. Read morePublished 3 days ago by T. A. Parker
It was a good story about meeting people on the trail and some of the difficulty they went through, but I somehow got the impression that they didn't respect the trail and what it... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Peter Funk