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A Walk in the Woods Audiobook
A Walk in the Woods
Written by: 
Bill Bryson
Narrated by: 
Rob McQuay
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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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 09-25-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2015

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "What a treat"

    The abridged version was great and the unabridged one is even better. If you haven’t already, click this one into your cart and enjoy the tale of two unlikely travelers in America’s backcountry as only Bill Bryson can tell it. Packed with history and hilarity I enjoyed every minute.

    46 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Debby Randolph, MA, United States 11-12-12
    Debby Randolph, MA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, great narration."
    Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

    I've read this book several times over the years. Many years ago, during a road trip, I tried to listen to the audiobook narrated by the author, but couldn't get through the first chapter. Bryson is a wonderful writer, but he needs to leave the narration to the pros. When I saw that this had been narrated by someone else, I decided to give it a try. Rob McQuay did a fabulous job. I hope he'll read some of Bryson's other books. Bryson is a brilliant writer, but he needs a reader that can do justice to his wonderful storytelling. McQuay pulled it off. I highly recommend this audiobook.


    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Lancaster, OH, United States 10-01-12
    Brenda Lancaster, OH, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Anyone who loves the backcountry will enjoy this."
    Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

    Yes, A Walk in the Woods brought back so many memories of hiking and camping the mountains.
    Offering a much needed escape from a busy,confusing world.


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

    The section devoted to the author's first trip to the outfitters reminded me of the excitement and utter confusion that go with a first time backcountry adventure.


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

    I laughed lot.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Diane S Buffalo, NY 11-13-12
    Diane S Buffalo, NY 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very entertaining"

    Loved the self-deprecating humor included in the trials and tribulations of the journey. I also enjoyed the history of the AT included in the story. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job and made me laugh out loud with some of this characterizations. Very nicely done!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. Green Atlanta, GA 12-02-12
    J. Green Atlanta, GA 12-02-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Grab your backpack!"

    I loved Bill Bryson's guided tour of the Appalachian Trail. The story stays interesting due to the author giving us tidbits of the history of the places he is hiking through and the history of the trail itself. There are also some hilarious interactions with the denizens of Appalachia-human and otherwise. His hiking partner, Katz, not exactly a model of fitness, also provides much comic relief. Overall a greatly entertaining listen.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bob 11-13-12
    Bob 11-13-12
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    "Reminded me of my half-way hike"
    Where does A Walk in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a light 'read' that brought back vivid memories of some of my fondest vacations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The smelly, querky people you meet on the trail and in the towns, may seem like fiction to to people who have not hiked, but are very true to live. After a few weeks they are all your family.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably pull this one back up in a few years and relive the adventure and enjoy the laughs all over again.... Thanks Bill for keeping the memories alive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 05-19-13
    Benoibe New Orleans, LA, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Audio Addict! Usually listening to History these days. Love Will Durant most of all authors!

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    "Entertaining and very funny. A worthy read."

    Having read Bryson's The Short History of Nearly Everything and At Home: A History of Private Life, this book was a surprise for me. This book was written well before those two, and was a huge departure from what I expected.

    This has a little history and a little science, but it is mostly the story if Bryson and a friend walking Appalachian. While that may not sound very exciting, it is! This story is never boring and will constantly make you laugh. It demonstrates a much different side of Bill Brysonthan I knew.

    Highly recommended.

    Also, whole many reviewers say they prefer when Bill Bryson reads his own work. I do not agree. At Home was read by Bryson, and it was ok. The narrator for this book is more than ok! He is exceptional and does an amazing job with the character voices. I don't think fans of the author will be disappointed with the narration!!

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest OREGON 05-26-16

    ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance

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    "Loved it...but I loved the movie too!"

    I bought this after I saw the movie, which is available on Amazon Prime BTW, for free! I've missed Bryson's travel writings for some reason, so it looks like I have a 'new to me' author to dive into! Since I no longer travel alone, due to age and the unfortunate fact that I have a tendency to fall and break bones it was fun to read about the old codgers out on the Appalachian Trail..a trail I always wanted to walk, after I finished the Pacific Crest in my 30s.

    The narrator added to my enjoyment of the book.

    A fun listen and worth your credit if you enjoy hiking or even dream of enjoying it!

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    ken 12-31-15
    ken 12-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Had high expectations, but not"

    Had high expectations, but "it was what I expected." I enjoyed the tales, accounts, and descriptions of the Trail, and his encounters. The author complains a lot, and that is tiresome. He didn't have much good to say about the South; if you ever wonder why Southerners dislike New England Yankees, he is a good example of why.
    The narrator, was also disappointing. He made Katz seem to be a dimwit. I wish more narrators would just read the darn book.

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    Thomas Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-11-15
    Thomas Albuquerque, NM, United States 12-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not as good as advertised."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Get a good editor. Also, more about the trail, the people who hike it, why they hike it, and the country around it. Less Bill and Katz. They aren't very interesting people. At least not on the trial and with each other. And give us reasons to care about the trail and people who hike it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It could have been 1/2 to 2/3 the length and still fine. It was not a compelling story. I didn't care if he made it or not - Bryson doesn't give the reader a reason to care about whether he makes it because, in part, the characters don't care.


    What didn’t you like about Rob McQuay’s performance?

    Put me to sleep. Even Mr. McQuay was not interested in what Bill was doing and why.


    Was A Walk in the Woods worth the listening time?

    Yes, but just barely. I wish I hadn't put off other books for this one.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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