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A Walk in the Woods | [Bill Bryson]

A Walk in the Woods

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.
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"Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire, I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town." So begins Bill Bryson's hilarious book, A Walk in the Woods. Following his return to America after 20 years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The AT, as it's affectionately known to thousands of hikers, offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes - and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this fragile and beautiful trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    Bucky in Prescott Prescott, AZ United States 11-10-03
    Bucky in Prescott Prescott, AZ United States 11-10-03 Member Since 2014
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    "A Walk in the Woods"

    Extremely well written, very entertaining. Highly recommended.

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    Krispian 10-15-03
    Krispian 10-15-03 Member Since 2013

    The more you love books... the more books you love!

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    "What An Enjoyable"

    What promised to be a narrative of a simple "walk in the woods" ends up delivering much more. This book is full of Bryson's charm and wit as he leads the reader into interesting anecdotes and little-known lore about the "AT." Makes me want to go hiking.

    What a great introduction to Bryson - I'm buying more of his books.

    Highly recommended!

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    Bill West Bloomfield, MI, United States 07-04-03
    Bill West Bloomfield, MI, United States 07-04-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Relaxing"

    I looked at this title a few times before I purchased it. Great story teller. Perfect for a cross country flight I took recently.

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    Angeline Reno, NV, USA 04-30-03
    Angeline Reno, NV, USA 04-30-03
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    "Very descriptive and enjoyable."

    The next best thing to getting to go yourself! You got to experience the trail for yourself just by listening. A good listen for those that love hiking and camping.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carrlane Quackenbush Chicago 10-07-08
    Carrlane Quackenbush Chicago 10-07-08 Member Since 2013

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    "Get the unabridged version"

    Don't get this abridged version; it leaves out too many good parts

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    Anders Omel GreveDenmark 09-24-04
    Anders Omel GreveDenmark 09-24-04
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    "Just for Americans"

    It is not a bad book, but i did not find it that funny. I think you have to be a American to fully appreciate it.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jill North Potomac, MD, United States 06-10-04
    Jill North Potomac, MD, United States 06-10-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Overrated and unfunny"

    Why is this book considered a comedy? There are a few mildly amusing moments, but it's not a particularly funny or endearing book in my view. Also, Mr. Bryson - please don't narrate again. The whining of your prose is only magnified by the nasality of your voice.

    For funny stuff about the outdoors, try Pat McManus. For whining and pedantry, by all means: Bryson's your man.

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    Jennifer New York, NY, USA 04-16-03
    Jennifer New York, NY, USA 04-16-03
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    "NOT THAT FUNNY"

    No offense to the other people that left reviews, but I didn't find this humorous in the least. Mostly it was boring. I listened to about half of it before I lost interest. Unless you're actually planning on hiking the Appalachian trail, you'd be better served listening to something more interesting.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Carthage, NC, USA 04-19-05
    Patrick Carthage, NC, USA 04-19-05
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    "Egotistical hogwash"

    Like David from Raleigh said below, his humor is used at the expense of everyone he meets on the trail. I suppose that when compared to "the great" Bill Bryson himself, they are all fault-ridden and shallow. It feels like a book hell-bent on the self-importance of the author.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 09-03-13
    Aaron 09-03-13
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    "An Englishman in America"

    I have looked at "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson for a few years now, and despite my love for the outdoors, have been slow getting to finally read it.

    I cannot say what my reservations were, other than that I generally choose not to read the work of celebrated Atheists, of which Bill Bryson is among those counted. Why? Because I have found that, being a Christian myself, 'Atheist authors' tend to disparage my point of view in favor of their own. Yes, this is their right, just as it is my right not to choose to read their work. thank you.

    As I started listening to A Walk in the Woods, something dawned on me like the lifting of a thick fog over a soupy valley. The more I listened, the clearer the writing appeared to me... in the way words becomes clear from a book you had read long ago, but had forgotten that you read, then accidentally read it again "thinking" that you had not read it in the first place! That is exactly how it felt, because it dawned on me that I had already read this book! when? how? why? I asked myself, but at any rate, the day was uneventful, so I listened to it again.

    I have done a lot of camping and hiking in the past similar to what Bryson did, so I found the reminiscences interesting, but mostly because it reminded me of when I went hiking.

    It was hard to say now why this book was so popular. ? It was a lot of story about hiking the trail, but almost as much was a history of the trail itself, which was interesting, but somewhat removed from the light feel of the camping. The science discourses where expectantly offensive to my Christian outlook, but I am sure Bill Bryson would find my POV equally offensive (as he undeniably and emphatically states in a chapter dedicated to smearing Christians). Other than that brief rant, and a prevalent secularist viewpoint however, it was rather mild in that regard. And, in the spirit fairness, Bryson was equally cantankerous towards the US Park System and Government regulations.

    All in all, this might a good book for one listen, but the second listen made me think it was just alright. 3 sold stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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