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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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    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 08-24-15
    Boysmom Alberta, Canada 08-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Humorous tale mixed with useful knowledge."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely. It was laugh out loud funny, but had interesting information at the same time. I pulled up a map of the AT that is divided into parts so each part can be looked at in detail and fiollowed along the story with the map.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the humour the best. But the ability to following with his hike with a map was fun too.


    What does Rob McQuay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a great job of reading this book. The perfect voice for the content. Some books and narrators just make a perfect combo. This was one of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did. I listened to it all in one day. Made meals, cleaned out a room, picked up a few things at the store, all well listening (and breaking out in laughs) to this book. Made the entire day great, despite whatever chore I was doing.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James United States 03-29-14
    James United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Less would have been more."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reading would have been much better with a lot less 'acting'. Less would have been more.


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

    This is one of my favorite books of all times, but I found the reading so distractingly bad that I had to stop listening about half way through. The first time I read the book, I literally laughed so hard it hurt on several occassions. No such moments occurred as I listened to this rendition.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The best way I can explain it is that the narrator read the story in a way that parents read bedtime stories to very young children. Overexagerated and condescending in a way that assumes the listener will miss 'the funny' unless the reader goes out of his way to point to it. It would be and, in fact, is exponentially funnier when it's played straight as Bryson himself reads it in the abridged version.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I love the book. Absolutely brilliant. I absolutely HATED this reading of it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of the book, avoid this reading at all costs and buy the version where Bill Bryson reads it himself. The two readings are night and day.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Rich 04-12-17
    Rich 04-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "humorous, educational, and fun all together!!"

    great reader who truly makes the characters come alive . a true classic for anyone that enjoys the outdoors

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Moises C. 03-29-17
    Moises C. 03-29-17
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    "Informational"

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I like the performance of Rob McQuay. I enjoyed the history and facts about the landscape and the AT. You hear a lot of that. Half the book, I'd say, is history and facts. That surprised me so I had to adjust my expectations. The read is humorous and entertaining in stride. I will put this out there for the benefit of readers who care: There is a lot of cursing. I always wish there was a rating system like movies for books. I appreciate knowing what I'm getting into with a book and I hope that helps other possible readers/listeners.

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    Angela Moore 03-18-17
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    "Fantastic and fun"

    It was poignant on self discovery and realizing what is important, funny , recalling the scrapes and adventures of the author and his overweight recovering alcoholic buddy who accompanied him on the hike, and informative on our disappearing wilderness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed 03-15-17
    Ed 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book!!"

    The speaker did a great job and the book was really interesting. Dragged on a little in the middle, but got more captivating at the end.

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    Amazon Customer 03-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Plodding rendition of an enjoyable read"

    Like the subject of the book, A Walk in the Woods plodson and on. Narrator Rob McQuay renders most of the characters with uninspired cliche impressions, but his narration captures most of Bryson sardonic wit. I didn't notice this when I first read the book, but Bryson seems a little more annoying and nitpicky as a narrator here in the dialogue. His first person accounts and observations fall somewhere between the well-researched and introspective writings of William Least Heat-Moon and the humor of outdoor writer Pat McManus, but falls short of rivaling either. Bryson captures a lot of humor in his writing, but sometimes derails into diatribes against the very type of culture this book in particular helped to create. I would definitely recommend actually reading the book over listening to the audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stacey ann lippert 06-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "amazing"

    Whilst Bryson is a horrid liberal this is one fanciful tale. A must read or listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James 04-25-16
    James 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Okay."

    I thought Cherly Strayed's "Wild" was better. This guy seems pretty self-absorbed. Not bad though, an ok way to pass some time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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