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A Walk in the Woods Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Rose Gaiser 11-20-15
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    "Couldn't stop laughing!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Walk in the Woods the most enjoyable?

    The humor was both subtle and outright! Awesome.


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

    He did a fabulous job on all the characters! So funny!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E Grapevine, TX, United States 09-18-15
    E Grapevine, TX, United States 09-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining but a bit too didactic."

    Love Bryson's style & wit, but he drones on a bit with statistics on the climate and forest between his storyline

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    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 08-24-15
    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 08-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Humorous tale mixed with useful knowledge."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely. It was laugh out loud funny, but had interesting information at the same time. I pulled up a map of the AT that is divided into parts so each part can be looked at in detail and fiollowed along the story with the map.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the humour the best. But the ability to following with his hike with a map was fun too.


    What does Rob McQuay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a great job of reading this book. The perfect voice for the content. Some books and narrators just make a perfect combo. This was one of them.


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

    I did. I listened to it all in one day. Made meals, cleaned out a room, picked up a few things at the store, all well listening (and breaking out in laughs) to this book. Made the entire day great, despite whatever chore I was doing.


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    Robert Settle 08-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Comsi comsa"

    At times, amusing, at times, boring, and steeped in information about the Appalachian Trail and the portion of America it spans. The reader does a very credible job, but it is mostly first person and with few voices, it isn't a demanding read. I bought the book looking for humor and found very little. I listened from beginning to end because I was fascinated with the author's experience and reactions, as well as the lessons in natural history. Knowing what I know now, would I buy it again? Maybe, maybe not.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Mattinson 10-02-15

    I'm a religious mom of teenagers always looking for a good, wholesome book to listen to. I also own my a travel agency. Life is good.

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    The language was too much for me. I couldn't finish the book. If you don't like hearing the F word over and over and over again, like me, then choose something else.

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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!


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    Wanda L. 11-12-12
    Wanda L. 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.


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    KidOnTheHill 01-27-16
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    "Mean-spirited"

    Bill Bryson needs an attitude adjustment. The snobbery and misogyny in this book astounded me! Not recommended.

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    Paul May 09-30-16
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    "Inspiring"

    More than just a story about a long walk and two very different people. An insight into the grandeur of the planet and dare I say the damage we humans are doing to other living organisms and the environment due to either disrespect or willfulness. Thank you to Bill Bryson for taking time to write this ode of our past and what the future may hold. Nature / evolution will have the final say - will we survive ?

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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 09-28-16
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 09-28-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Bill seems like a jerk"

    The guy complains about everything and everyone. Even this dude who's trying to better his life, he treats like a lowlife. I liked his partner far more than I liked him. And I struggled through the last half of the book.

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