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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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    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.

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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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    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.


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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!

    6 of 6 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.

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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!!

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    diane 11-01-12
    diane 11-01-12

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    "very entertaining!"
    What did you love best about A Walk in the Woods?

    I loved the authors wry sense of humor about the difficulties of taking on such an adventure and the preparations involved with doing so.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Had me smiling and recalling similar experiences on one of many of my own hikes.


    Which character – as performed by Rob McQuay – was your favorite?

    katz


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

    made me laugh a lot.


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    David Clark 01-05-16
    David Clark 01-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Both versions are great ."

    I like both versions, the abridged one read bt Bill Bryson is funnier. It's not boring. As the author says , it makes me want to throw a loaf of bread and a tin of tea in a pack and head out .

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    Idaho Trojan 12-17-15

    An audible junkie, addicted to all things spiritual, meaningful, enlightening, masculine, additions to my own experiences and journey!

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    "Two goofballs getting lost and found ..."
    What did you love best about A Walk in the Woods?

    Very entertaining story of a personal journey against the backdrop of an incredible physical accomplishment. I loved the interaction between the two main characters and could see myself in one then the other and then back again, over and over. It almost felt like a conversation all within the author's head at times (which happens to me often on the trail).


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

    It has some similarities but just as many differences to Into the Wild (more personal demons), Wild (more personal demons, less about hiking), Kindness of Strangers (less wilderness), The Pilgrimage (way more spiritual), AWOL on the Appalachian Trail (much more about hiking and from experienced perspective),


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

    Definitely laughed from time to time and other times I definitely relived the pain of my very first backpacking trip!


    Any additional comments?

    This "hiking" story is much more of a story versus a trail journal. So as long as you go into it looking for a story and not a recounting of what gear he used or mileage covered daily, then you'll enjoy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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