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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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    foster 08-09-16
    foster 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The movie was better!"

    I really wanted to like the book. I thought the movie was cute , not great. I was expecting more from the book.
    All I can say is wow! Bryson doesn't seem to like anyone or anything. He is of course very descriptive and a storyteller but I became very tired of all his bitching.
    I regret my decision to purchase this book.

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    Renee 08-01-16
    Renee 08-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic for all hikers!"

    Absolutely loved it...every time I read a chapter, I wanted to pack my sleeping bag and tent and head into the woods. What a classic book for all hikers and especially those of us who aspire to complete the AT someday:)

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    P. Andersen Westminster, CA USA 07-31-16
    P. Andersen Westminster, CA USA 07-31-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Sorry it took me so long to get to this book."

    Why oh why did they make such a terrible movie from such a glorious book, I'll never understand?
    I loved the book about as much as I hated the movie.

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    Jeremy 07-20-16
    Jeremy 07-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "How did this become a book???"

    This book is mellow dramatic it best if you're looking for a book full of stats of how man is destroying the planet and acid rain is destroying the planet and how our planet is billions of years old and all the worst that the AT has to offer. I do agree with the name of the book a walk in the woods is about all he did. Read/listen to AWOL now that is a book about hiking the Appalachian Trail!

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    Edo Hirosaki, Japan 07-18-16
    Edo Hirosaki, Japan 07-18-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderfully told story of self-discovery with laughs along the way"

    For anyone who's ever hiked any o America's beautiful trails, this book will bring back memories while making you chuckle about Bryson's thrills and spills along the Appalachian Trail. The story is engaging and keeps your attention well using detailed explanations that enable the listener to envision the splendor of the trail without being too distracts from the story. The performance was excellent and makes the listener feel like they are sitting around a campfire in the woods listening to Bryson talk about his hikes thus far. Highly recommend this book as a relaxing read whether you're hiking the AT, relaxing on the beach, or anywhere in between.

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    Bill S. reston, va United States 07-15-16
    Bill S. reston, va United States 07-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book. Lots of fun."
    Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

    I felt like I was walking right beside him the whole time. And he's an interesting and likeable man.


    What other book might you compare A Walk in the Woods to and why?

    Never read anything quite like it.


    What about Rob McQuay’s performance did you like?

    I was surprised to find out this was not the author. So ... authenticity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the tangents when he would tell you the history of the areas he was walking through.


    Any additional comments?

    There is one really old school joke about pedopheilia in the book that is quite jarring now. It brought home how different sensitivities are about this now vs. 1998.

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    S. Salles Bergen, Norway 07-15-16
    S. Salles Bergen, Norway 07-15-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Makes you want to take a long walk!"

    I enjoyed every bit of it. I listenedto it mostly walking in the mornings and afternoons. the performance was fantastic. loved it and will listen to it again.

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    Kristi 07-11-16
    Kristi 07-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "This is why we love Bryson"

    Narration, spot on.

    Truthful, humorous, self-deprecating and educational. Had me laughing in 10 minutes, in deep thought within 45 and seeing myself throughout.

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    Luana C. 07-09-16
    Luana C. 07-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprisingly hilarious"

    I'm an avid hiker, so I grabbed this book thinking it would simply take me away from my work week and into the woods through the story.

    Well I was quite surprised that the book immediately has a humorous and light tone. Though still a book about the journey through the woods, I would happily report but it's a bit of a comedy, and the combination of two makes for the most enjoyable book.

    I would happily listen to this book again, and highly recommend it.

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    ER rn 07-08-16
    ER rn 07-08-16
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    "Recommend listen while walking!"

    Enjoyed listening while walking for exercise outdoors. Made the time pass quickly, you can imagine being on the trail your self. Pleasant narration.

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