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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 21 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.

    4 of 4 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
  • Ian
    7/26/15
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    "Enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to A Walk in the Woods the most enjoyable?

    the humour Bill Bryson brings to every day situations


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

    anything else by the author


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

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

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    Any additional comments?

    Helped me make my mind up that this walk is a bit too hardcore for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Giles A. Warren
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    7/24/15
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    "Really loved this book"

    I'm a big fan of Bill Bryson but this is one of my favourites , entertaining and charming , also glad it's being made into a film !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry
    7/20/15
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    "Great listen"
    Any additional comments?

    A well read, great book. Good mix of adventure, characters and interesting facts & stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes
    7/18/15
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    "Bryson at his best"

    What a delight and a hilarious adventure I have enjoyed listening to this over and over. It should come with a warning .. Do not listen to this in public. The book has the same effect. Bryson is so talented. And now Robert Redford stars in the movie can't wait to see it. No spoiler alert but you must read this book to see for you self what happens when to friends take a walk in the woods. Enjoy.

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  • Emma Dhesi
    6/18/15
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    "Always a good yarn"

    Another winner for me. I love Bill Bryson's style and humour. Makes me laugh out loud, and he know how to tell a good story. Makes me want to walk the AT!

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  • Janejane_jane
    5/24/15
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    "A great book, excellent narrator"

    I read this book on pages years ago and I have just finished listening to this audio version. I think this is the best book Bill Bryson has ever written. An engaging story of walking through the woods! Like all good books it has inspired me. I must get out and see more of the natural world, bring me the back pack...

    0 of 0 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

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