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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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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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  • bledd.rob@lineone.net
    Wales
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "A walk in the woods"

    This book could so easily have been boring as, going for a walk, long and arduous as it is, is not an activity one would imagine which produces enough material for a good story. Not so with Bill Brysons outlook on life, he has managed to draw together material that is both informative (educational even) and humerous. Altogether a brilliant book that draws you back into it's pages not least to find out if he ever did have that encounter with a black bear. I have to pay compliment to William Roberts as narrator. Very comfortable and friendly voice to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Villa
    Wales, UK
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Appalachian Delight"

    I can't decide if Bill Bryson is a writer who travels or a traveller who writes. Do his wanderings inspire him to write a book or does he think of a book idea and travel to research it? Either way to enjoy one of his narratives is to share in his experiences. His amiable style and wry wit carry you along and it's almost as though you have travelled with him. Seen the world through his eyes. Met the people he spends time with and enjoyed with him that extra large piece of pie at a wayside diner. I have never walked the Appalachian Trail and, according to his honest account, Bryson never fully completed the mammoth task either. Having heard this book I now don't need to walk it. I've shared everyone of his footsteps. When Bryson walked the woods I was there. Brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Carnforth, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
    Overall
    "A great listen"

    I read this book a few years ago and remember loving it. I was disappointed initially that the unabridged version was not read by the author however I soon forgot that as it was read so well. My husband heard some parts while travelling with me and enjoyed what he heard without having to have listened from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    Szentendre, Hungary
    11/1/12
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    "sore feet... sorry"

    i adore and respect bryson's writing, but somehow this one just missed me. or better put, we missed each other. i went at it... a couple of times, but never made it to the end. like those hikers, i got sore feet. lessoned learned : stay clear of this genre, when traveling long distance, either by foot or a sail-boat. nevertheless, i might try it again during this winter season, bundled up by a fire place and in the company of lots of hot cider.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quentin
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    9/30/11
    Overall
    "Fabulous"

    This is a splendid book, quite brilliantly read by William Roberts. Listened to a lot of it while walking the dog in the woods and it very nearly inspired me to strap on a pack and walk a bit further.

    Definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MS
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    9/27/11
    Overall
    "fun book for any walkers out there"

    this is a well written, fun and informative book. which many will enjoy especially those who are keen walkers and can relate to the 'and why i am doing this?' moments during a long walking trip. the friendship between bill and his companion katz is particularly entertaining. as common with mr bb there is a lot of educational material within the stories told. and i held back from five stars because for my taste there was a little too much background knowledge sections included and not quite enough story telling. i wanted more about bill's trip and adventures and less about the historical details of some of the towns and areas he goes through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    LA BROUSSE, France
    7/11/11
    Overall
    "A real treat"

    Informative and hysterical. What more could you want for an easy listen? The narrator is excellent too. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Chelmsford, Essex, United Kingdom
    7/30/09
    Overall
    "excellent book"

    I read this many years ago and enjoyed the book a great deal. This is an easy going audio book to listen to. The narrator makes an excellent job of it picking up the humour that Bryson uses in his writing. It did not seem like a long book even though it is about 8 hours worth. Worth a listen and I am going to get a few more of his now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    Southwick, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    2/16/09
    Overall
    "a classic Bill Bryson"

    I was quoting bits out of it to my girlfriend. Which generally means I love it. - I loved it.

    I love the frankness of the 'boy trip' that this is and the way Bill Bryson's wife must put up with his slight eccentricity. I also like the friend in this book as it really makes it for me.

    One teensy bit spoiled it for me but I will leave that to the listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kieran
    BristolUnited Kingdom
    12/6/07
    Overall
    "An adventure in humour"

    I believe this is the best of all the Bill Bryson books available on Audible (although I have yet to download his latest, Shakespeare).

    We are taken on a journey along The Appalachian Trail which sound lovely, but its Bill's relationship fellow traveller, that makes this book come alive. I laughed out loud many, many times during this audio book. It is not a download to listen to on the tube or anywhere where outbursts of laughter are not regarded favourably.

    After listening to this download, I began looking online at the websites listing holidays along The Appalachian Trail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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