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A Walk In The Woods: The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike

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Written By: Bill Bryson

Narrated By: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Transworld Digital

Date: April 2010

Duration: 5 hours 58 minutes

Summary:

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states, and over 2,000 miles. It stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south. It is famous for being the longest continuous footpath in the world. (Compare this with the Pennine Way, which is a mere 250 miles long.) It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas - Redneck country - Moonshine, Lil' Abner, there's bears in them thar hills. Remember the film Deliverance?

God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake this gruelling hike. Perhaps it was just a long-held ambition to lose weight: he has lost two stone so far. As he recently wrote from the trail to his publisher:
'Speaking of vigorous exercise, boy have I just had some. Maine was a bitch. I want you to come back and walk it with me so that when you die if you go to hell you will be able to say: "Call this hell? Try walking across Maine in August."'

Reared in the tradition of Mark Twain, James Thurber and S.J. Perelman, Bryson used his many years in Britain to soak up a peculiarly English sense of irony and humour and to hone a laugh-out-loud style that is uniquely, hilariously, his own.

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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.