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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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    Barbara Davis 09-15-13
    Barbara Davis 09-15-13 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fun, informative and funny"
    Where does A Walk in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy Bill Bryson's work. He is really a travel writer who always surprises with side trips full of interesting information. He is witty and self-deprecating. His travels aren't effortless. He gets lost, hot and out of sorts but instead of complaining, he makes us laugh. He isn't a purist, he bumbles along but still manages to be entertaining and makes us feel like he'd be a great traveling companion and best of all, he's such a nice guy he'd probably enjoy our company, as well.


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

    We listened to this book while driving from California to Montana, eastern Washington and Idaho on the trail of the great ice age floods followed by an impromptu excursion through the Canadian Rockies. It was great fun and set us up for a trip through Appalachia. So no, not all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryson has a great book "In a Sunburnt Land" about Australia, one about a trip to see the northern lights, living in England and taking a walking tour. All are delightful

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    Robert Selbyville, DE, United States 08-17-13
    Robert Selbyville, DE, United States 08-17-13 Member Since 2005

    I have a strong preference for the SPOKEN, as opposed to the written word. Although a poor reader may detract from a book, a truly capable reader adds immeasurably to the enjoyment of a good book.

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sheila kehoe New York, NY, US 08-15-13
    sheila kehoe New York, NY, US 08-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bryson Best When He Stays on the Trail"
    What did you love best about A Walk in the Woods?

    I loved the "buddy" adventure of these two opposites. Like The Odd Couple with threats of bears and hypothermia.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character of Steve Katz. He invites a sequel.


    Have you listened to any of Rob McQuay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I enjoyed his reading.


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

    Nothing extreme. Just an engaging story that had many moments of laughter and a cliff-hanging aspect: Will these two make it to the end?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Toronto, ON, Canada 06-20-13
    Janet Toronto, ON, Canada 06-20-13 Member Since 2009

    I'm an uber multi-tasker, who knits, listens to audible books, tells stories, designs and teaches.

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    "A tale of two silly pants..."
    Where does A Walk in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Walk in the Woods is one of the books that I'm so happy to have listened to. The narrators voice is playful and tongue in cheek. I always enjoy listening to Rob McQuay narrate. I have this niggly teasing thought in the back of my head that I would love to walk the Appalachian trail. At times the book is a little dark but mostly it is a really light hearted account of his journey and thoughts.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?

    My favorite moments are his interactions with his walking companion - and how close the walk makes them despite their obvious differences.


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

    I listened to it quite quickly but not all in one sitting. The narrators voice is so much fun that it lifted my mood to listen to him talk. It reminded me so much of the Vinyl Cafe radio stories (a canadian institution) that it really felt like coming home.


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    Anita Marietta, Georgia, United States 06-11-13
    Anita Marietta, Georgia, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't Want This Book To End..."
    If you could sum up A Walk in the Woods in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely positively entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is simply a great story infused with humor, history and thoughtful insights. Plus, the narrator did a brilliant job.


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

    I liked the main character best, but loved it and and had to laugh every time Katz got a word in as well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    First, this would book would make for a great movie, and I'm beyond thrilled to see that this project is in the works. Nick Nolte is perfect for the part of Katz. Oh, as for a tag line?
    "Another mountain. How many do you need to see?"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dot Holmes Beach, FL, United States 04-15-13
    dot Holmes Beach, FL, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great balance between facts and humor"

    I enjoyed the personal story along with the facts about the Applachian Trail. The performer did a great job of reading this!

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    Nick Bloomington, WI, United States 04-14-13
    Nick Bloomington, WI, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2007

    Retired Marine combat officer now enjoying life in Southwestern Wisconsin. With my wife, Crystal, we own and operate a portrait studio, True Lives Studio, in Bloomington, WI

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    "Great book, narration lacking"
    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Rob McQuay?

    I am a huge fan of Bill Bryson. His wit, his insights and style are amazing but this narration is disappointing. There is no depth or inflection...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book. Read it and pass on this listen


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Basically lik ehe read the phone book....boring


    What character would you cut from A Walk in the Woods?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great opportunity to use Audible's return policy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duane Torrance, CA, United States 04-02-13
    Duane Torrance, CA, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "one of the funniest books ever"

    certainly one of if not the funniest book he's written. Home run here... Excellent job Rob McQuay. I'll listen to this again before the year is out.

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    John Craven Seattle, WA, USA 03-12-13
    John Craven Seattle, WA, USA 03-12-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Not the best Bryson, but still great"

    I'm not sure that he can ever outdo "In The Home" or "A Short History of Nearly Everything", but very few authors could, so that's not exactly a knock. This is a fun, Sarah Vowell-esque look (or maybe Sarah Vowell is Bryson-esque, I don't know) about walking the Appalachian Trail. Now I feel like I kind of want to walk this walk just to prove that I am more MANLY than Bryson. Sadly, I don't have a buddy from an earlier book I can re-acquaint myself with and con into taking along with me.

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    Nayt Traverse City, MI, United States 03-11-13
    Nayt Traverse City, MI, United States 03-11-13
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    "Expecting informational, got funny instead"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?

    There were multiple. When he is in the parking lot, looking at a nearby hill. That whole scene.


    Any additional comments?

    These questions are pretty strange and don't have much to do with the audiobook 's quality.

    I read the book to prepare for hiking the AT next year. It was informational, especially regarding the historical information about the trail and related fields.

    Bryson narrates the abridged audiobook, which is a bit strange, while Rob narrated this one. He did a good job of capturing the emotions.

    I was surprised how much humor Bryson used, and because of this, the book was phenomenal. A great writer.

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