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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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    Laurie Mattinson 10-02-15

    I'm a religious mom of teenagers always looking for a good, wholesome book to listen to. I also own my a travel agency. Life is good.

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    The language was too much for me. I couldn't finish the book. If you don't like hearing the F word over and over and over again, like me, then choose something else.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    KidOnTheHill 01-27-16
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    "Mean-spirited"

    Bill Bryson needs an attitude adjustment. The snobbery and misogyny in this book astounded me! Not recommended.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Memom27 11-12-12
    Memom27 11-12-12

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    "Strays a bit off the trail"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Buyer Alert: If you are shopping for an informative, comprehensive journal type account of Appalachian Trail hiking, this is NOT your book. It's more a Reader's Digest version of the time the author spent on the AT.
    I listened to this book while doing yard work, so my listening time was not exactly wasted, but I would choose a different story if I had a do-over here. The beginning of the book held my interest and seem to promise an interesting account of walking the AT and those details in the book are good, informative to someone like myself who has no expectations of ever "doing the AT". But, the story wanders too often off the tale of the trail to rail against the Park Service, poke condescending jibs at small towns and local folks met along the way, and do a little ecological preaching.
    I did enjoy the narration. Mr. McQuay was very easy to listen to.


    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Weir 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Appreciate the Quiet"

    If you are looking for a story of two men set against a majestic wilderness - peppered with interesting facts & a few good laughs - then pick up this book. At the end, you'll find yourself wishing you could hike for a day or a week and come to find the beauty and the quiet of a "walk in the woods."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LDoggy 05-19-17
    LDoggy 05-19-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, but very little"
    What did you like best about A Walk in the Woods? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed Bryson's humor while on the trail. I did not enjoy Bryson's humor when it turned vulgar and insensitive. I would definitely have left him behind if forced to try and hike with him, he comes across as crass and not very likable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    If he would have focused a bit more on trail life, and a bit less on town life when he skipped sections of the AT.


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

    Nobody in particular. Both main characters where not very enjoyable. I liked the cab driver though.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, but I would rent it.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure why this book rates so highly, I guess I didn't get the humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank new york 05-10-17
    Frank new york 05-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "My favorite book."

    I read this book on deployment in Afghanistan and have always wanted to through hike the AT, maybe one day I will. Like all of his books, Bryson tells it like it is from the views to the details, a keeper.

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    natalie McAllister 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "headlines are not optional"

    The person who recommended this to me was way more excited about it than I was. I'm afraid my expectations were just too high.

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    A.J. Ligas Ohio, USA 05-03-17
    A.J. Ligas Ohio, USA 05-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not my favorite AT book but still a good one"

    I had trouble at times with this one. I felt that there was more off AT subjects at times then I particularly wanted to listen to though I will say often it was still good information. But I did not agree with some of the bashing of certain organizations. However, I respect the authors opinions and overall enjoyed the audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. Ferrier 05-02-17
    B. Ferrier 05-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A dramatic middle aged man goes for a hike"

    Bryson is a good story teller but there isn't too much story here. Being someone who likes to hike and be outdoors he doesn't seem very insightful about the experience of being outdoors. Bryson is a good author and makes it worth reading but he talks about as much about his stops in town as he does his time on the trail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 05-02-17
    Randy 05-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than the movie."

    I watched the movie a while back not knowing it was based on a book. The book is much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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