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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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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    Trevor 04-28-17
    Trevor 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Easy listening. Great story! "

    Loved the story line. I watched the movie first and knew I had to read/listen to the book. I also have the hard copy.

    The narrator did an excellent job of keeping me enthralled with the story. Usually my ADD kicks in half way through a book and I stop. But not with this one! I'll be listening to it again very soon!

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    Lindsay 04-24-17
    Lindsay 04-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story with fantastic narration!!!"

    A riveting and descriptive story that has only further fueled and excited my passion for hiking!

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    L. Cook Texas 04-18-17
    L. Cook Texas 04-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Average hike, nothing special"

    Pro: you will get an appreciation for hiking hundreds of miles.
    Con: The romance was killed 2/3 of the way in. Story was filled in by irrelevant factoids. There was a little too much depressing opinions on the state of our national parks and wilderness.

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    P. Sanchez Cali 04-18-17
    P. Sanchez Cali 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the narration and story."

    As the old saying, the book is so much better than the movie. I watched the movie after listening to the book. The movie is so underwhelming it's just sad compared to the book itself. So if you're thinking you saw the movie and there's no need to listen to this book, huge mistake. The story itself is inspiring and comical. Written at such a pace as to never be bored and detailed enough to immerse you in the Appalachian. The narrator was top notch and really voices this story with superb skill. I highly recommend this book. 9+ hours of joy.

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    Hobslayer 04-14-17
    Hobslayer 04-14-17
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    "Pretentious and rambling"
    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Rob McQuay?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Bill Bryson’s story?

    He seemed to always be looking for the negative in other people or the world around him.


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

    None. The narrator did an excellent job overall. His performance wasn't enough to save this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill Bryson is one of the worst authors I have ever experienced. Some of his comments were laughably incorrect (ex. his discussion on moose).

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