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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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Written By: Bill Bryson

Narrated By: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER

Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes—and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.


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  • Marsha W.

    I listened to this book on a road trip. It was continuously entertaining for two adults and a ten year old.

  • Joseph G

    Joe This made me laugh out loud a few times. Easy listening that made my journeys to work more enjoyable. I lookl forward to more by this author. I would advise downloading this. Enjoy

  • Juha J

    Nice and light easy listening. I find Brysons reading suits the book, because he gives the characters their own personality according to his own experience.

  • Carrie K

    There were portions of this book that I found informational, some funny, much however very self-indulgent. I don't believe this book did justice to the beauty of the AT nor the potential of appreciation of what hiking experiences in nature are truly about. There was no growth shown in either of the 'characters' which dominated the book. The author should let someone else read his books as well; his voice is irritating. I recommend listening to a portion before purchasing.

  • Lindsey Garcia

    Over all is a Great book, yes like any other books is has effects. That's because we all have our own taste of books. Is funny, bad words, great description on what the characters are doing.

  • catherine julien

    great book good history of the A.T. would recommend for anyone wanting some history of the A.T. with some added humor. Narration was also good really enjoyed listening to this book

  • Kevin lutz

    This book is so funny, well worth it if you're looking for a good laugh on the way to work

  • Ken S.

    A real disappointment. The author walked only a tiny portion of the Appalachian Trail, blaming his failure on his obese companion. Mildly amusing, barely informative. The author has better books available, such as A Sunburned Country about his travels in Australia, and Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, a pretty funny account of growing up in Des Moines Iowa in the fifties.

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this book. It was amazing to hear the tales of hiking the Appalachian trail. Bill Bryson keeps the story interesting with his dry humor.

  • Anonymous

    I read this book years ago, but I must say listening to it brings a much fuller dimension. Bryson is both droll and informative and it is a pleasure to experience his adventures. A pleasure to listen to.

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