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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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    Holly 06-24-15
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    "Loved the history."

    The little historical bits were great. I especially enjoyed his White Mountain talk as I have done those as day hikes.

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    Eric 06-22-15
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    "Entertaining & Educational"
    What made the experience of listening to A Walk in the Woods the most enjoyable?

    Humorous!


    Any additional comments?

    The book was funny but yet serious and very educational. Makes you want to get out in Nature in these United States and see it all.

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    Steven 06-21-15
    Steven 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"

    if you have ever hiked, this bill will certainly hit on some familiar territory. This book made me laugh a loud

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    Juli 06-14-15
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    "Still waiting for the Great Bryson Narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like Bryson's books, and I much prefer them unabridged. Funny if you don't mind the occasional potty humor or the general absence of well-rounded women, but I do enjoy these.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rob McQuay’s performances?

    McQuay is okay, but he occasionally gets a word wrong (the lemon pie is "viscous," but he says "vicious," or puts the emphasis on the wrong word in a way that changes the meaning of a sentence. This bothers me, as does his monotone rendering of Katz.


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    David Trinity, AL, United States 06-11-15
    David Trinity, AL, United States 06-11-15 Member Since 2007
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    "excellent story"

    this is one of the best story books I've heard. the author blends historical sites with adventure stories and keeps your interest. my only discomfort came from the seeming persistent view that man is destroying the world. I love nature as much as the next person but I'm order to live in the comfort we enjoy in our daily lives, the nature around us must change at our hand. one must fall trees in order to build houses and furniture. to the author I would say, tell your story, and mention the environmental issue, but don't dwell on them in your book. still...great read.

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    DrExotic 06-04-15
    DrExotic 06-04-15
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    "Great "read!""

    One of Bryson's best. Funny, entertaining, captivating! Worth every second spent listening.
    McQuat's performance is similarly notable. I will look for more of his work!

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    Sharon Lookout Mountain, TN United States 06-03-15
    Sharon Lookout Mountain, TN United States 06-03-15
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    "Great book! Better when read by Bill Bryson"
    If you could sum up A Walk in the Woods in three words, what would they be?

    This is a great story about 2 men who are way out of their element.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love seeing the world through Bill Bryson's eyes. His observations about life are brilliant.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I used to have this book on CDs. I am still on the lookout for this original version. It was unabridged and read by the author. There is always something special about a book read by the author but with Bill Bryson it is a must. 90% of the story is is perfectly expressive voice. The entertainment value of him reading is tremendous! This book was ruined by someone else reading. I was so disappointed I couldn't listen. This is not the book I wanted to hear.


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    Jennifer Parkville, MD, United States 06-02-15
    Jennifer Parkville, MD, United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great listen!"

    A friend gave me a copy of the paperback version, which I started and was thoroughly enjoying, but I have three children, so I was having trouble finding time to sit and read. About halfway through, I broke down and bought the audiobook, and I'm glad I did. I really liked the narrator, and the voices he used for different characters; especially his voice for Katz.

    The story itself was also engaging. There were several times I broke into sudden laughter while listening out in public. I loved reading/listening about the preparation that went into their trek, as well as the people they came across on the trail. Bryson also goes into detail about the history of many towns or geographical places of interest adjacent to the trail, which I found fascinating.

    All in all, this is a good book, and it is worthy of your credit and time. I'm going to read his book about the time he spent on a walkabout in Australia next.

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    Gretchen Sass 05-22-15
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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.

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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.

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