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Joshua

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  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "Funny at times, overall deflating..."
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    I chuckled several times while reading this book, but it did not inspire me at all to hike the Appalachian Trail. If anything, I felt turned off from hiking. Luckily however, there were many more trail journals and other information sources online that were more inspirational, and I just completed an 856.2 mile section hike. Which brings me to another point: Bryson complains about the National Park Service (NPS) doing nothing to combat the gypsy moth, however I personally walked through areas where they had sprayed, and saw many other notices posted about past/future spraying. A small point, I know, however for me it was indicative of a overall sensationalistic writing style and a negative attitude towards the NPS and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

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