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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
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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.


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    Aaron 11-14-17
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    "Wonderful book!"

    This is a funny, compelling, wonderful book! I have both read and listened to the book, and I thought the narrator did bring a unique element to his reading. His voice takes a minute to get used to, but once you get past that, he does some justice to Bill Bryson’s wit. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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    kim johnson 11-13-17
    kim johnson 11-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Katz is hilarious! Makes me want to hike the trail"

    The characters are real people who are hilarious. You just can't get this level of humor in fiction. Read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Elliot Platt hollywood florida 11-10-17
    Jeffrey Elliot Platt hollywood florida 11-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "what a let down."

    throughout this book nr. bryson finds negativity in everything his does. of every person he runs across. none of this work has to do with the AT. it involves side stories. all matter of happenings that are only peripheral to hiking the AT, and all negative. if you would like to read a charming and well balanced view of hiking the AT. then i would highly recommend
    ' AWOL ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, by david miller. you may like to read my review
    of mr. miller's book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy DeeDee OGDENSBURG, NY, US 10-28-17
    Tammy DeeDee OGDENSBURG, NY, US 10-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not the story I was looking for"

    I thought that this book would be about hiking the AT. While part of it is, it is a thinly veiled pretense for environmental activism. I wanted to listen to a man's story of the trials and tribulations facing the trail, which is how the book is described. However, more of it had to do with global warming and the problems facing the trail. Not at all what I was hoping for.

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    TW 10-02-17
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    "thought I'd like it"

    Having read/listened to other Bryson books i was expecting to like the book but unfortunately this one fell flat for me. As someone who participates in many outdoor activities i had a hard time understanding how anyone with intelligence would willingly go into (semi)wilderness so unprepared and then rinse and repeat. If you want better Bryson stick with One Summer or A Short History of Nearly everything IMHO

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    shanon 09-27-17
    shanon 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Love every one of his books."

    I prefer hearing the books read by the author but this was well done. Thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of events and places. Both fascinating and funny.

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    "Lesson in ecology"

    It started out with a few amusing moments, but rapidly deteriorated into a lecture on how we are destroying nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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