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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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    Kandice Hawaii 01-13-17
    Kandice Hawaii 01-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "It was entertaining and informative ."

    I learned some interesting facts about the AT. The reader was good, as if he was there too.

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    Erika 01-09-17
    Erika 01-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Walk in the Woods while I complain"

    This was very disappointing for me. I was looking forward to this book and it was sent to me by a friend. I gave it a fair shot but I found myself physically scowling while I had it on just because of the authors attitude. He was very negative and whinny. No one forced him to walk the AT and he pretty much only had bad things to say about the people he met and the adventures he had. Some would think it's a bit comical but that was not the way I found it. I was hoping for an inspiring, lighthearted, funny story but I felt it was the opposite. There is a possibility it could have been the performance that put off this pompous attitude but im pretty sure it was the writing.

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    Rachel Daleville, AL, United States 01-04-17
    Rachel Daleville, AL, United States 01-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Decent Read. "

    Sometimes the book was hilarious other times I found the author rather irritating. He spent a bit too much time whining about how cow-like a moose was so it was bad to hunt them. However, he also craved cheeseburgers several times on his hike. He basically insulted everyone in the South at one point. I was willing to overlook all his liberal bias just so I could finish the book. Overall it was a decent Read.

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    Dave Columbia, MO 01-03-17
    Dave Columbia, MO 01-03-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Too short, sideline perspective"
    Where does A Walk in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance on this books is above all others that I've listened to.


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

    I enjoyed the times with his old friend Katz.


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

    I haven't listened to Rob McQuay before, but I will make him one of my preferences.


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

    I laughed very hard with some reactions from Katz


    Any additional comments?

    I thought some of the sideline commentary was a little out of context and debatable but I appreciate his passion for conservatism.

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    rbass3 12-27-16
    rbass3 12-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny but bitter..."

    Bryson is an excellent writer and the story is quite good. it's laugh-out-loud funny in many places. I found his history of the trail quite interesting. And the reader did a good job. What I can't understand is the way his tone could change on a dime when his thoughts turned to environmental and conservation issues, in which case he'd leave the story and the book goes from funny to bitterly serious (clearly he's a rabid environmentalist). And he does this continually throughout the book. It largely diminished the enjoyment I received from the work as a whole.

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    Trevor 12-26-16
    Trevor 12-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""Hiked the AT" my ass, Bill."

    Bill is a terrific writer. Bill is a terrific reader. Bill is a god awful hiker.

    If you're going to write a book about hiking the Appalachian Trail, PLEASE, at least finish 50% of the damn thing. This is a poor excuse of a first hand account of such an incredible journey. Very unhappy that I took the time to listen to the whole thing as "research" before hiking the AT.

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    Andrew Graham 12-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "well performed"

    at first I thought the narrator's voice would be abrasive, but after 5 minutes I was used to it and once I was into the book I Thought he was perfect.

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    Jenna 11-25-16
    Jenna 11-25-16
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    "Great Story, Poor Narration."
    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Rob McQuay?

    I would read Bill Bryson, but not read by Rob McQuay. Too monotone for the humor in this novel.


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    Jamie 11-22-16
    Jamie 11-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!"

    Love the author & the reading was great. Really enjoyed this book. The little interesting history lessons were really good.

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    Roberta 11-09-16
    Roberta 11-09-16 Member Since 2007
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    "My second reading"

    If found this an inspiring and entertain book as the author and his companion attempt a challenge few try and fewer complete and what it means to just attempt a great feat.

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