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A Walk in the Woods Audiobook

A Walk in the Woods

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The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Mr
    6/14/17
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    "Funny and heartwarming"

    never wanted to miss a second of this. narration was fantastic and added to the story. this has given me inspiration to try out the AT. and a little bit of advice too. it has given me a much larger appreciation for Forrest's and woods and the wilderness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
    UK
    5/29/17
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    "An outdoor reading adventure."

    Bill Bryson shares his experience and adventures from when he was stomping along the Appalachian trail. Accompanied by his friend, who is about as far from your image of a walker as possible, makes this book a unique and humorous listen.
    Furthermore, if you can appreciate author's witty personality you will enjoy his opinions on American culture, environmental policies and his views of other hikers that he comes across during his adventure in nature.

    The story is made more believable by author sharing all their frightened, frustrated and embarrassing moments. Whether you like hiking or not, if you concentrate hard enough you can even imagine sounds of a roaring bear in the middle of the night and feel the weight of walker's backpack. A perfect indoor adventure in the woods.

    William Roberts narration is believable and gives a sense of motion to this well-written book. His dialogues between the author and his walking companion make you feel that you are a part of the story.

    Another perfect listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Combat Wombat
    4/7/17
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    "I don't generally get on with Bryson. Loved it."
    Where does A Walk in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was pleasantly surprised by witw. I found the story engaging, the asides entertaining and the narration first rate.
    I will be keeping it as a "play again in the near future" audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In the past I have enjoyed the opening chapters of Bryson books but found they become a bit dull. I found walk to be really entertaining. I wanted to hear more, and hear more now!

    I wonder if I liked it so much because it was so energetic. It was a portrayal of an experience rather than a dry external observation piece.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The sheer naivety of the opening. Embarking on a great expedition with no knowledge, planning, equipment or goal and all those gaps coming home to bite so fast and furious is enough to make you want to follow the dream and the dreamer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the moment I'm having a problem walking so practically every page screamed resonance .
    On reflection, I find the conclusion a powerful and positive image.


    Any additional comments?

    I committed the cardinal sin of watching the movie and found it to be an excellent translation. I would strongly recommend it in addition to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Sydney, Australia
    4/6/17
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    "Getting under the American skin"

    An enjoyable and informative listen... Bryson describes his trek along the Appalachian Trail, accompanied by an old friend. The book reveals insights into the US environment and its interface with urbanisation; describes the range of people participating in this activity that demands commitment and organisation; and highlights a range of insights about the ecosystem and its flora and fauna.
    At the heart of the book are two relationships: man and nature, and the relationship between two elderly men as they traverse the environment. Enjoyable, light, informative, humorous and nicely narrated too. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    3/17/17
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    "Sometimes I couldn't see the story for the trees"

    I really enjoyed the story of Bryson's walk, the characters he met and the adventures along the way were all well told. However, I found his asides into general history and the history of the trail of lesser interest.

    I enjoyed the film, the book was better but neither really grabbed me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Keane
    Essex
    3/16/17
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    "excellent"

    very easy to listen too and a good book to boot. William Roberts has been added to my list of narrators, thought he did a great job on the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Nik Jewell
    3/14/17
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    "Not Bryson's Finest Moment"

    Some years ago I spent a winter on the South Island of New Zealand. The track huts were closed and I resorted to walking the first day of many of the tracks from each end, there and back, to get a feel for them, and try to get above the treeline in order to get a view. Mostly, to my frustration, I did not succeed in this.

    Walking the Appalachian Trail sounds like many weeks of exactly the same experience. This is enlivened, to some extent, by Bryson's wit and sarcasm, but most of this book is one long whinge, before it loses its way (and the trail) towards the end. Definitely not one of his better books. It is, however, well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline A
    Scotland
    3/12/17
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    "Thinking of going for a long walk..."

    ...well this is for you. Best bits are with Bill's friend Katz . Felt burdened by stats and geographical info at times. I struggled to return to their experience because of it...had to persevere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen J
    SE England
    3/12/17
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    "Too Many Chapters"
    Where does A Walk in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An enjoyable story nicely read, but let down by the production.
    The book I have down-loaded has 8 chapters each approx. 1hour 10 minutes. But the reader quotes several more chapters of far less duration, such that at the start of chapter 8 he says "Chapter 19".
    This inconsistence is another example of sloppy production by AUDIBLE


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writers style


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    3/8/17
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    "Second time around "

    I really enjoyed this book, this is the second time I've listened to it . Bryson keeps you amused all the way through and I could relate it to the film. very discriptuve and humorous, probably one of his best books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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