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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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    Jil Wahroonga, Australia 08-06-12
    Jil Wahroonga, Australia 08-06-12
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    "Bring back Bill! Loved his narration of "At Home"."
    If you could sum up A Walk in the Woods in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Bryson.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The relationship between Bill and Katz.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Cloying...Bill Bryson is nothing if not dry, and I found Mr Roberts to be obvious and, sorry...annoying.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 05-12-11
    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 05-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant as always"

    I'm already a fan of Bill and read the book years ago, but this is how good it was - while doing a non-stop 100km charity walk, I saved this for the midnight to dawn section and it was so entertaining and engrossing that I pretty much forgot I was on a rutted track in the pitch dark and had been walking for 20 hours. All I remember of those hours are Bill's stories of preparing for and slogging up and down Appalachian mountains which not only made what I was doing seem really easy but I'm pretty sure made me the only person on the track who was laughing out loud. For that alone I have to give it 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "A Walk in the Woods"

    I enjoyed this book it was great.I like Bryson's sense of humour always makes me laugh out loud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Murray Rotorua, New Zealand 02-12-13
    Murray Rotorua, New Zealand 02-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "There will never be a better AT book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hilariously funny book - loved every minute of it. So well brilliantly well read. I recommend this to everyone, all the time.


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

    Katz ditching half the contents of his pack on the first day. And Bill's understandable terror of BEARS!!!!!


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

    Down Under, Neither Here nor there, Made in America, Notes from a big country. All extremely well read, William Roberts conveys the humour better than Bill Bryson himself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you go into the woods tonight...Prepare for a Bear surprise!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this!

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    faye Fort vermilion, AB, Canada 11-14-12
    faye Fort vermilion, AB, Canada 11-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "What a Great Story"

    I have read this book several times over the years, and I enjoy it every-time. It is a wonderful book and I love his humor.

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    David Melbourne, Australia 07-30-12
    David Melbourne, Australia 07-30-12
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    "Anyone can have the great adventure."
    Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

    I will be listening to this book again. It has so much detail, so many interesting facts that I feel I have hardly touched it with only one listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the little everyday details that made me feel I was there on the trail. And I liked the excursions off the track to the quirky history all around the Appalachian trail.


    What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

    William Roberts made this book for me. He brought so much humour and character to his task. I've heard Bill Bryson narrate his other books, but he could never bring the professional style to the job that William Roberts achieves.


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

    I listen to a chapter at a time on my train commute, but sometimes if I haven't finished the chapter I will wait on the platform and continue listening till the chapter ends.


    Any additional comments?

    Inspires me to do an adventure walk myself. But definitely not the Appalachain trail - too hard! I liked his description of a walk in Europe though.

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    mr kieran j murphy 10-21-11 Member Since 2013
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    "extremly enjoyable"

    I really really enjoyed this book- it made want to walk at least some of the trail someday. Which is saying something given how lazy I am. Bill Bryson is one of the best travel writers ever and this is a shining example of his best work

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    Dianne O Canada 01-10-11
    Dianne O Canada 01-10-11 Listener Since 2009

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    "Fairlyl Entertaining"

    I liked the way the author interwove some natural history with his story but would have found it more interesting and more entertaining if there was more about his walking through the woods. Sometimes I found it a little slow when he'd "side-track". I didnt' find it as funny as other reviewers did.

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    "bryson at his best again"

    fantastic story, well narrated, bryson at his best again, very well paced and never dull, almost makes you want to join him, though at a 2400 km walk not quite

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    Nina Bratislava, Slovakia 05-06-10
    Nina Bratislava, Slovakia 05-06-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Makes you want to pack your bag and head off"

    As a person who does quite a bit of hiking herself, I really enjoyed this book, it's funny, it's entertaining and it certainly makes you want to pack and head out for your own adventure. William Robertson's narrating is just excellent.

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  • C. Wright
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    10/11/06
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    "A walk in the woods"

    This is my favourite audio book. I love Bryson's dry wit mixed with his often critical assessment of how Americans fail to look after the woods and wildlife they should be protecting. I can understand his desire to walk the Appalachian Trail and listening to this audio book often inspires me to go walking myself (though not 2,000 miles).

    Bryson and Stephen Katz set off into the american wilderness only to find they are way out of their depth. With dangers such as bears, mountain lions, moose and more importantly Bryson's own vivid imagination the pair stumble their way along the trail. This book is packed with humour.

    William Roberts' narration is perfect and helps to put Bill Bryson's audio books as a must have for any a.b. collection. I hope Audible get more of Bryson's books, Their worth a listen.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    BournemouthUnited Kingdom
    9/19/07
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    "a new bryson fan"

    i have only jsut started to read bill bryson. this book was fun and amusing as was the other i read (small town america) and i think i will read the rest. yes there are a lot of references to trees etc but he is walking the appilation trail. the reader, whom i think must read all his books, reads it so well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom
    4/28/07
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    "wilderness adventure from the comfort of home"

    I really enjoyed Bill Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods' because it combines humour which can make you laugh out loud (usually at the expense of fools whom Bryson meets along the way) and a real sense of the beauty and wonder of North America's natural hertiage.

    Bryson's descriptions are able to pick out the most interesting details of places and people which entertain the listener throughout and his criticism of everything wrong with the US attitude to the environment also struck a cord with me. Despite some merciless attacks on government agencies who fail to protect America's wood lands, the author manages to convey a love for his native country which inspires you to follow in his footsteps. I will definately be downloading more Bill Bryson books in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. L. Brooke
    5/15/15
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    "A wonderful listen!"

    I love this narrator (much easier to listen to than Bryson himself imo). The story is interesting, informative, very funny and poignant. I have listened 3 times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

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  • 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
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