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A Walk in the Woods | [Bill Bryson]

A Walk in the Woods

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.
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Publisher's Summary

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Indy
    4/24/15
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    "Superbly witty and unbelievably funny."

    Best listened to in private for fear of shrieking in uncontrollable laughter. would thoroughly recommend to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    3/14/15
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    "An amusing account of a trek through the AT"

    Bill Bryson is an amusing man and this is a very entertaining account of his walk along the Appalachian Trail. The book is filled with a number of interesting facts about the trails history and the fauna and flora found along it. Bryson discusses the management of the parks with some criticism and was in places quite "unkind" in his description of the people he met along the way. This detracted from an otherwise interesting and humorous account of his walk in the woods

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destructogirl
    West Yorks UK
    2/26/15
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    "Bill Bryson at his best!"
    What did you like most about A Walk in the Woods?

    As with all Bill Bryson books this manages to give you a whole load of information while keeping you interested and entertained with his trademark self deprecating sense of humour


    What other book might you compare A Walk in the Woods to, and why?

    Being a walker myself (or hiker as its called in the States-spoiler alert hiking is walking!) I think this is the best of the Bill Bryson books and one I come back to regularly whenever I need cheering up.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Don't want to spoil anything for anybody but listen out for the tent dwelling night time encounter with the unidentified creature!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh......so much so that a little warning to anybody planning to listen to this on public transport..you may find people looking nervously sideways at you and slowly edging away as you burst into spurts of uncontrollable laughter!
    I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favour and buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • matt123
    2/21/15
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    "A really enjoyable story. Love Bryson"

    A good story well told. Don't know whether it would have been better read by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    12/7/14
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    "Do Not Listen In Public"

    Do not listen to this audiobook in a public place. I've done my bit to warn you. This book is hilarious. Despite Bill’s brilliantly frightening description of the risks of walking the Appalachian Trail I found myself wishing I was on the walk with them. Incidentally William Roberts’ delivery is without fault.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom
    10/26/14
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does A Walk in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best and very funny too. I've listened to it many times.


    Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Roberts has done others for Bryson and I find him easy to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Parts of this book has had me laughing out loud


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    8/7/14
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    "Bryson at his best."
    Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

    Yes, Bryson has a very specific style which is funny and informative, making you feel like you are traveling with him. I think this is his best book, which ive read before, but never as an audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?

    Katz admitting to throwing the coffee filters in order to save weight in his rucksack.


    Which character – as performed by William Roberts – was your favourite?

    Bryson.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I think I would always find it difficult to listen to an entire book at once.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    glasgow, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "This walk is a stroll"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely.
    As always Bill Bryson laces the narrative with memorable anecdotes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?


    where rodents walked over Bill and his friend in the night while they tried to sleep


    What does William Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?


    how he emphasizes and pauses for effect as he relates incidents


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Where his companion explains his struggle with alcoholism


    Any additional comments?

    Everything about the subject is covered so no previous knowledge is required.
    The main characters involved in its creation are all discussed, and there are so many
    colourful anectotes as always with Bill Bryson that one can return to the book again and again with pleasure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    PORTHCAWL, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Involving and stirring version of a good story."
    Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

    I'm a longstanding Bill Bryson fan and this is one of the first books of his I read. It evokes the landscape and experience of a long hike through America incredibly well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bryson's irascible and fallible companion, Stephen Katz, and the old AT itself.


    Which character – as performed by William Roberts – was your favourite?

    Stephen Katz.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's a bit long for that but the chapter structure and narrative is straightforward to tackle in sections.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Bill Bryson book I ever read and I still love the way the story is constructed and the way he diverts off down historical and natural side-trails from the main narrative is still great. It's classic Bryson and remains a great listen - the motorway hours flew by!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham Goulding
    4/13/13
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    "The wonderful walk"

    Seldom have I read a more interesting and entertaining book. Bill Bryson takes us through the highs and lows of walking the American trails from the purchase of thousand and one items that salesman insists are essential for every hiker. Not only do we glimps the wonders of nature but he explains the folly of those who are entrusted with the care of these wonderful places. The very best part of the book is the host of wonderful characters he meets along his way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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