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A Walk in the Woods Audiobook

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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    Adria Davis 02-03-16
    Adria Davis 02-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    I enjoyed this book while driving to and from work and, on many occasions, found myself smiling and laughing. Great book!

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    Monika 01-29-16
    Monika 01-29-16 Member Since 2011

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    "The movie does not do the book justice . . ."

    Anyone who likes being outdoors, hiking and camping would love this book. I read it many years ago and recently listened to it. THEN . . . I watched the movie. It only takes the "walk" through the Appalachians before it ends. What a let down! The author walked the entire length. I can't understand how he approved such a watered down version of his work.

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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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    Bill United States 01-25-16
    Bill United States 01-25-16 Member Since 2005

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    "Little AT, Much Complaining"

    I got this book after listing to AWOL on the Appalachian Train. I enjoyed that book so much that I wanted to give another AT book a try. This book does not even compare. Mr Bryson spends a good bit of time bashing the Forest Service, the Park service and the Army Corps of Engineers. Now, I am not one to jump to the defense of the federal government, but IMO those agencies are some of the precious few that actually enrich our lives instead of trying to make our lives miserable. He even takes a jab at the Boy Scouts. When I was a wee lad, I was a Boy Scout and I can assure Mr. Bryson that my tent and the tents of my fellow Scouts NEVER fell down. Between the bashing and lecturing on the state of our woodlands there is some narrative on his AT hiking experience, but even that reads more like fiction. If you want to read a book on the AT, read David Millers AWOL on the Appalachian Trail and leave this on alone.

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    Karen Kelly California 01-23-16
    Karen Kelly California 01-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "For once, the movie is better than the book"
    What did you like best about A Walk in the Woods? What did you like least?

    The story is great. But - the author goes off on long lectures about the environment and global warming and past bad Forest Services practices. The problem is that this takes you away from a great story. The movie leaves out the lectures, and you're left with a great story. There's just one scene where the environment is discussed, which was good. When I want to read about depressing environmental stories, I'll go read one. When I want an entertaining story about two old guys in the woods, that's what I want. I don't think the two can be blended without putting a major damper on an otherwise good story. I am returning the book. I didn't finish it. I watched the movie instead hoping they filtered out the lectures, and they did. I've never said a movie was better than the book before. But, in this case, it was.


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

    Enjoyed them all.


    Could you see A Walk in the Woods being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Has been done. Movie is great. Better than the book, because it leaves out all the lectures.


    Any additional comments?

    Watch the movie instead. I'm returning the book unfinished. Got sick of getting a lecture when I just wanted to know what happens next.

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    Christopher 01-21-16
    Christopher 01-21-16
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    "And here's the thing."
    If you could sum up A Walk in the Woods in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful earlier work by storyteller Bryson, but with the occasional flaw of a master becoming.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the story and it certainly rekindled my now desired to walk, and walk further than the last walk.


    Did Rob McQuay do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration was good enough, but it would have been better in Bryson's own voice I think.


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

    Kind-of...I listened to it quickly at any rate.


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    Barbara Neebel Meier 01-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Hmmmmm ???"

    There were some good things, but they were overshadowed by the pessimism. I would love to witness this story told from the point of view of an optimist.

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    Thomas 01-18-16
    Thomas 01-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "NEVER FINISH THE AT, QUIT HERE, QUIT THERE, BS!"

    totally disappointed, ultimate guide on how to give up, can't do 1/3 and brag! BS

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    yhamel 01-17-16
    yhamel 01-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you love best about A Walk in the Woods?

    Cannot believe why i waited so long to read this one! I have loved everyone of Mr. Bryson's books, but this one i truly enjoyed. It is so wonderful to stroll into the forest with the always present sincerity, wit and great humor, so characteristically of Bill Bryson; i could almost feel the fragrance of the moist soil and hear the rumor of the woods.


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

    laugh!! many times.


    Any additional comments?

    read it!!

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    Mary DALLAS, TX, United States 01-12-16
    Mary DALLAS, TX, United States 01-12-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"

    The actual story of the hiking was great. The tangents the authors takes on various subjects are at times interesting and at other times not so interesting. Overall it was enjoyable!

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