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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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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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    Megan Sofich Portland, Oregon 04-16-16
    Megan Sofich Portland, Oregon 04-16-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Thrilling and educating read!"

    I very much enjoyed this book.
    Definitely a must read (perfect to throw in your pack).

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    James 04-14-16
    James 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good book"

    A great book, nice history on the trail and it's modern issues, as well as a delightful tale of traversing it.

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    Carol Mello San Jose,CA USA 04-11-16
    Carol Mello San Jose,CA USA 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book and great narration"

    The narrator does an excellent job. I felt as if I was listening to Bryson himself telling his memories. This is the essence of an excellent narration. Kudos to Rob McQuay.

    This book was informative, funny, preachy, funny (deliberate repetition), and poignant.

    I am not physically able to do even a day hike on the AT let alone the number of miles that Bryson and his friend Cats did, but whenever I get the urge to spend a day in the woods, I will listen again to this book. Since it is not fiction with a plot, I will be able to listen again often. Next time I listen I will bookmark all the laugh out loud sections. The interactions between Bryson and his friend are the best.

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    Ryan 04-08-16
    Ryan 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"

    I highly recommend this book! Both very funny and very informative. I was ready to give the AT a shot afterward!

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    Cally 04-04-16
    Cally 04-04-16
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    "I was there with the narrator."

    Dad would read me stories of adventures in the wild, when I was a little girl. Listening to this book transported me back to that comphy spot on his lap where my imagination and his voice wrapped me safety in adventure.
    A wonderful story which also included the author's interesting perspective of the history of the Appalachian trail.

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    Joshua Williams 03-31-16
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    "good book"

    great story. took me forever to finish it because of my schedule. got to Google the rest.

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    Catherine 03-22-16
    Catherine 03-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the Best!"

    I truly loved this book. The style is conversational and so made a perfect book to listen to. Incredibly funny and moving, genuine instead of schmaltzy, though the subject matter is very emotional. The author teaches us about the damage to nature that man has wrought while taking us on a personal journey of over 800 miles on the AT. I can't say enough good things, everyone should hear this book!

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    The Frog Rochester, NY 03-22-16
    The Frog Rochester, NY 03-22-16
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    "Loved it!"

    Another great Bill Bryson book filled with his humor and observations. Plus, how could you not love the gruff Stephen Katz?

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    Jkcpops 03-17-16
    Jkcpops 03-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "nice read --"

    well-- good book-- simple and delightful... just like a walk in the woods. nothing dramatic or crazy... not a knee slapper..but funny at points. enjoy...and go take a hike

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    F. Hawkins 03-10-16
    F. Hawkins 03-10-16 Member Since 2008

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    "a good story"

    I've had a run of not-so-good stories lately, and kept saving this for when I got tired of others. Might get another Bryson.

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