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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail | [Bill Bryson]

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).
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The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

©1999 Bill Bryson (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Short of doing it yourself, the best way of escaping into nature is to read a book like A Walk in the Woods." (The New York Times)

"A terribly misguided, and terribly funny tale of adventure.... The yarn is choke-on-your-coffee funny." (The Washington Post)

"Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    diane 11-01-12
    diane 11-01-12

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    "very entertaining!"
    What did you love best about A Walk in the Woods?

    I loved the authors wry sense of humor about the difficulties of taking on such an adventure and the preparations involved with doing so.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Had me smiling and recalling similar experiences on one of many of my own hikes.


    Which character – as performed by Rob McQuay – was your favorite?

    katz


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

    made me laugh a lot.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    perry HARRISON, AR, United States 03-24-14
    perry HARRISON, AR, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "not read by the Author"
    What did you like best about A Walk in the Woods? What did you like least?

    This was the first Bill Bryson book I read, and soon after went on the hunt for his others. But this unabridged version is not read by Mr Bryson, I had grown accustomed to his voice, and was disappointed to hear anther's voice, Bill does read his abridged version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love his outlook on the world, and his humorous bit of sarcasm. It lends hope to us other midlifers, that if Bill and Katz can walk a few hundred miles, then surely a couch potato like me can also.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob McQuay?

    Bill Bryson!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LewisGa7 11-12-12
    LewisGa7 11-12-12

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    "Strays a bit off the trail"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Buyer Alert: If you are shopping for an informative, comprehensive journal type account of Appalachian Trail hiking, this is NOT your book. It's more a Reader's Digest version of the time the author spent on the AT.
    I listened to this book while doing yard work, so my listening time was not exactly wasted, but I would choose a different story if I had a do-over here. The beginning of the book held my interest and seem to promise an interesting account of walking the AT and those details in the book are good, informative to someone like myself who has no expectations of ever "doing the AT". But, the story wanders too often off the tale of the trail to rail against the Park Service, poke condescending jibs at small towns and local folks met along the way, and do a little ecological preaching.
    I did enjoy the narration. Mr. McQuay was very easy to listen to.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Burlington, NC, United States 03-23-13
    David Burlington, NC, United States 03-23-13
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    "Narrator NOT Bill Bryson"
    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Rob McQuay?

    Not unless read by the author


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story was hilarious


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob McQuay?

    Bill Bryson


    Any additional comments?

    I had owned the CD audio recording and without reading the details - assumed this would have also be read by Bill Bryson. There is no comparison between the narrator Rob McQuay and the actual author. The author is much better. I will think twice or more before ordering any additional audo books from Audible.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John South River, NJ, United States 04-20-15
    John South River, NJ, United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2006
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    "One of the best Bryson books."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?

    Katz constantly ditching gear.


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

    As usual with a Bryson book, you are taken to a place that is described in such detail that you feel like you were there. Also, the mix of humor and tons of background facts makes for an enriching read.


    Any additional comments?

    This book, as well as The Thunderbolt Kid and A short History of Nearly Everything, is probably the pinnacle of the Bryson book line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kameron 04-16-15
    Kameron 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Made me want to drop what I was doing and go backpacking on the AT. I Will read it again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T 04-03-15
    T 04-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't walk the AT"

    The author did not walk the entire AT -- I purchased the book thinking he had. I was looking for greater insight into the AT

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharan Woodard 03-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    The narrater was good the auteur wish very entertaining but the story is a let down in a way if you expect a story of some one walking the hole trail

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Mccormick baltimore, md USA 03-15-15
    Michael Mccormick baltimore, md USA 03-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved it."

    I read this back in 2010 and fell in love. I love the way Bill Bryson writes.

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    Brian 02-28-15
    Brian 02-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A little preachy at times but overall a good read"

    If you live the outdoors you will enjoy this book immensely. And even if you don't, it is a unique and compelling glimpse into the world of hiking the AT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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