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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 03-24-14
    perry 03-24-14
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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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    Gretchen Sass 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Factual downer"

    I am a "novice" reader and audio books give me the opportunity to learn and grow while still getting the rest of life taken care of. So take this with a grain of salt.

    This book gave incredible insight to the geographical, biographical, historical, political, societal and more scientific aspects that have effected the wilderness. Amazing in that regard but also a downer. I ended this book feeling like humans are a blithe on the world and there is no amount of compassion or realization that will stop the destruction until everything in the wild is wiped out.

    I enjoyed the narrator. He was a good choice for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 05-15-15
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    A mostly believable tale of two oddly-coupled hikers hiking the Appalachian Trial (at least some of it). I enjoyed the witty dialogue and funny situations of these two hikers. The narrative alternates between the hiker story and chapters on various topics, related (if only remotely) to hiking. This book started nice but then changed into something more like a magazine with off-topic articles. To me these off-topic articles did not incorporate well with the main story. I probably would have appreciated the abridged version of this book much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marylou J. Valencia 05-12-15
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    "A book worthy if your time"

    I thoroughly enjoyed A WALK IN THE WOODS. I found myself taking longer than usual walks at lunch so I can listen to the book longer. I also noticed people looking at me funny when I would laugh out loud while listening to the book on my lunch hour. I highly recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 05-11-15
    Andrew 05-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good stuff"

    A really great book on the experience on the AT with a lot of interesting info about the trail , geology,flora,fauna and habitat. Loved the environmental impacts being explained and his very dry sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krista K Bleich Portage, WI United States 05-03-15
    Krista K Bleich Portage, WI United States 05-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    Great narration, great story with bits and pieces of interesting historical information of the trail all woven together beautifully. This is the second time I've listened.

    0 of 0 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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