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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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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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    Maczeg Sylva, NC United States 02-20-15
    Maczeg Sylva, NC United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun"

    The narrator is excellent. It is not a good book to listen to to go to sleep. The story is interesting. One of my favorite parts was the description of Gatlinburg.

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    Ellen Manning 02-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable and informative"

    Very enjoyable and informative. Boyson tells a great story! I learned a lot about the Appalachian trail that may be helpful to any hiker.

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    Melissa Pointer 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Crazy story but fun"

    He had me at the bobcat attached to your head. I wasn't interested in some if the science but his travels in the woods were funny

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    David Redding Ontario 02-05-15
    David Redding Ontario 02-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "It's good writing, just not what I expected."

    So I'm coming to this book from Cheryl Strayed's Wild. I was expected Domingo similar to Wild, a person discovering something about while testing themselves in nature. That is not this book.

    Don't get me wrong, this is still a good book. Witty, humorous and informative...but not what I expected.

    I think the most off putting aspect of this book is how negative it is, I've never read Bill Brydon's work before, but he does sound like a very likeable guy....funny yes, but still unlike able.

    The book is the story of Bill's attempt to hike the AT interwoven if facts about the trail and the Appalachians in general...its to bad that all of these facts are passive aggressive digs at the U.S. It's almost like Bill has a bone to pick and this book is his way of doing just that. It seems like every person he meets in this book is an idiot American, the Forestry service is run by a bunch of buffoons and the U.S. In general screwed everything up.

    Sure Bill says some nice things about a few things, but only after debasing it for 20 minutes.

    If you are looking for a well written story about a guy whining about the US while trying to hike the AT then this book is for you.

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    James apache juntion, AZ, United States 02-03-15
    James apache juntion, AZ, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "2nd time just as good.."

    Nice listen before listening to the Wild. Than I'll compare which trail is best.
    excellent reader
    a bit anti hunter

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    SANDRA 01-30-15
    SANDRA 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Misleading"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I thought this book was about walking the entire AT.


    Has A Walk in the Woods turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I wanted more info about walking the AT. So I will look elsewhere , since this book was not very informative.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Not what I expected. A fairly interesting story but not totally about walking the AT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tracy Marietta, GA, United States 01-21-15
    tracy Marietta, GA, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome"

    Humorous and very entertaining Loved the story and narration Hate that I have to write a certain amount of words

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    Diane 01-17-15
    Diane 01-17-15
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    "A Perfect Travel Companion"

    My daughter & I took a cross country trip. This was our favorite audio book. It's wonderfully written and read in a way that you believe it's the author. Educational, historical, enjoyable.

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    Zachary Spears 01-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend to anyone seeking adventure and knowledge! This book is filled to the brim with both!


    What about Rob McQuay’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic reader! Does voices for characters that enhances the book rather than diminish it.


    Any additional comments?

    If your on the edge like I was, get it! You will not regret it! I would also like to suggest "A short history of nearly everything" by the same author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jappel01 FERGUSON, MO, United States 01-14-15
    Jappel01 FERGUSON, MO, United States 01-14-15 Member Since 2002
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    "Makes you wish you could hike for a year"

    Great book about the AT. Great story of facts about the trail, environment, and species. Really makes you want try it. Finally, has a good buddy story in the book as well.

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