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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Neil
  • 03-17-17

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.

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  • M. Keane
  • 03-16-17

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.

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  • Dr Nik Jewell
  • 03-14-17

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.

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  • Caroline A
  • 03-12-17

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.

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  • Stephen J
  • 03-12-17

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

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  • Steve
  • 03-08-17

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

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  • Drawing Lady
  • 03-06-17

A joy from start to finish

What made the experience of listening to A Walk in the Woods the most enjoyable?

Very funny - laugh out loud funny - fascinating and entertaining. Very visual imagery. I was there in the woods with Bryson, like all the best books.

What did you like best about this story?

It made me laugh out loud a lot.

Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes - he's always fantastic.

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

Laugh - yes. Cry - no, but lots of annoyance about the US mismanagement of the flora and fauna of the AT. Bill Bryson doesn't try to excuse their neglect in any way, which was refreshing.

Any additional comments?

A great read. Sadly I'm struggling to find a BB book as good; there are other great titles read by the author himself, which I find hard to listen to unfortunately. He should have let the professionals take care of the narration.

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  • J. J. Hassan
  • 02-23-17

An entertaining jaunt of a book

While the word innocuous word jaunt may seem incongruous with the subject matter of the book, that is the pace at which the story is told. Bill Roberts, the narrator, does a great job of bringing Bryson's narrative to life so that it feels like you're actually there, observing it all. Other reviews, which I admit to checking before writing my own, seem to feel there was too little talk of the trail and too much bashing of the other characters in the story; without giving too much away, this may seem to evince itself during the first hour or so of the listen, but the rest of the book is a well written account of American hiking in the 90s.

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  • Col
  • 02-21-17

Bryson's Best

My favorite of all his titles. I've listened to this more than a dozen times over the years and always find myself going back. And not only because I like to walk in the woods..
Witty, Informative, heart warming, laugh out loud comedy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-17

First Experience

What made the experience of listening to A Walk in the Woods the most enjoyable?

First experience of Bill Bryson and enjoyed his style and humour. The audiobook is a great way to discover something I'm never likely to experience!