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A Walk in the Woods Audiobook

A Walk in the Woods

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"Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire, I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town." So begins Bill Bryson's hilarious book, A Walk in the Woods. Following his return to America after 20 years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The AT, as it's affectionately known to thousands of hikers, offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes - and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this fragile and beautiful trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)1998 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 09-18-06
    Stephen T. Coomes Louisville, Ky. 09-18-06 Member Since 2011

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    "A great read on the trail"

    I read the book five years ago and loved it then, but enjoyed it even more hearing author Bill Bryson reading it. A true treat. Highly recommended.

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    Ami 08-03-06
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    "good one"

    funny and informative

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    daniell 05-07-06
    daniell 05-07-06 Listener Since 2006
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    "Worthwhile way to spend time"

    I bought this book to listen to while flying from CA to Spain, a 12 hour trip. I was at a party where people started discussing audible.com and what books they enjoyed the most and this one came up from many people.

    It is well written, funny and interesting. It definitely helped to pass the time. There are numerous facts about the AT here, and good stories about his hike. The only negative was that Bryson started writing as if he had become the world's greatest hiker after going 200 miles. Perhaps if you are a true hiker, you might find this book off-putting, but for the occassional hiker (or non-hiker) it's time well spent.

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    R. A. Kalosy 03-05-06 Member Since 2015

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    "A walk through Bryson"

    "A Walk in the Woods" is a great book. I love Bryson's style of writing. He paints with masterstrokes--words ARE his paints. I started with "A Walk in the Woods" and I plan on continuing through all of his works. The only dilemma I find myself in, is when I arrive at "A Short History of Nearly Everything" should I go with the abridged version (read by Bill Bryson) or the unabridged version read by someone else. Maybe the answer is--both.

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    Mika Kokomo, IN, USA 12-14-05
    Mika Kokomo, IN, USA 12-14-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Good humor, enjoyable"

    What a joy to read! He has such great sense of humor! This is my second book by Bryson that I read. History of Neary Everything (abriged) is also my favorite.

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    Noe Everett, MA, USA 12-08-05
    Noe Everett, MA, USA 12-08-05
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    "Made me want to travel the AT!"

    This book is funny, and very moving too. I love the Stephen Katz character - he's a riot! It's too bad that our environment is being destroyed though, his facts on our forestry situation is pretty depressing. Apart from that, the book is entertaining, love his accent - it's always nice to hear the author narrate. It's as if you're there with them. It actually drove me to New Hampshire after hearing this to Mt Washington.

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    David Winston Salem, NC, United States 10-19-05
    David Winston Salem, NC, United States 10-19-05 Member Since 2012
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    "A Real, Interesting and Funny Book!"

    I listened to this book with a smile, a frown and the feel of real agony. The who range of emotion was made available to me and what a wonderful experience it was. Bill has the ability to use his extensive vocabulary to keep you smiling while the whole time dazzling you with facts, figures and interesting stories.

    You'll love this one.

    Enjoy!

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    Darren Lubbock, TX, USA 09-21-05
    Darren Lubbock, TX, USA 09-21-05
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    "A Must-Listen for all Backpackers"

    This book was recommended to me by a fellow backpacker, and I have since let my wife listen and another friend has enjoyed it as well. You don't have to be an avid packer like we are, but it certainly makes some things in the book much more funny. We can relate to the aches and pains and sufferings, and also the need to press on, even under the most extreme conditions. And yes, you DO actually run into those types of people on the trail. A great work.

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    B. Wilson Boise, ID USA 06-26-05
    B. Wilson Boise, ID USA 06-26-05 Member Since 2008
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    "The Best!"

    The version of this book that I listened to was narrated by Ron McClarty who is one of my favorite readers. It was totally entertaining and very funny. Since this book I have sought out any other book that I can find about a similar adventure but have not found one that compares.

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    Gus toledo, OH, USA 08-17-04
    Gus toledo, OH, USA 08-17-04
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    "Great giggle!!"

    Great book! His humor is great - couldn't stop laughing! This is my first Bryson book, and I have added others now to my wish list. Excellent account full of great and interesting details about the trail. I didn't know anything about it before reading this. But his reality checks are hysterical.

    A must read/listen on everyone's list!

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