A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Downloadable Audiobook - 1998
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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 entertaining 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).

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c1998.
ISBN: 9780804120647
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Oct 12, 2017

For anyone who has ever been in the woods, gone to a camp, slept in a tent. Primarily those who have ventured further than the city park. I have not laughed this hard for a long time.
Bill Bryson leaves nothing out, plus you gets lots of interesting facts about the area and trail and it's history. This story is timeless. Makes me laugh just to think about it. I've been telling all my friends they must get this book or listen to the audio book as I have been doing.
'"PRICELESS". Backpacking is an eye opener when you find you need to be dependant upon what you bring with you. I know what it's like to carry a 70 lb pack, and have my sleeping bag get wet when slipping off of a bridge made by beavers. What it's like to sleep in a puddle in my tent during a horrible thunderstorm. Normally I love thunderstorms, in a tent it's a bit over whelming. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for some good humor and lessons about the wild we still have available to us. Enjoy! BB - Mpls, MN

Jun 06, 2017

Love all of Bryson's work. This is one of his best (best is In A Sunburnt Country).

May 22, 2017

Amazed at the high-ratings, but then Trump was elected and it came as a shock to people here (I was horrified, but not entirely shocked). Anyone who is not in Bryson's socio-economic class is to be put down and mocked, and not in a kindly fashion as though those two things could be done kindly. Whether the person helped him or hindered him, s/he was a target including his "friend" who I hope was well compensated for his time.

The audio version also gives us a ridiculous accent for everyone encountered. I have to assume the reader has never heard any Southern accent in his life and obviously thinks that everyone speaks the same. The one exception was for a hiker in NH who was ridiculed for his tech contraption that Bryson likely would have purchased himself if he hadn't had assistance in choosing gear. That hiker was given a lisp.

There were occasional interesting facts scattered in the book and some sadness such as when Bryson thinks he may be experiencing hypothermia and you realize he won't die since then the book wouldn't exist. I really don't think a book about the AT should inspire anger aside from passages about underfunding/funding of bad projects, but that was my primary emotion.

Nov 24, 2015

I enjoyed this story about a man who wants to walk the entire Appalachian trail. It was interesting in story, characters, and the history, geography, and commentary from the author.

May 31, 2013

I've also listened to Bill Bryson's "At Home" and "A Really Short History of Nearly Everything", and must say that he has a knack for making anything and everything both interesting and entertaining. It's when he describes interactions with other people on his journey, including his buddy Steve, that he's at his funniest, and I found myself laughing out loud quite often.

Mary43 Nov 05, 2012

What a wonderful way to " walk " the AT while sitting at home listening to Bill Bryson tell of his journey.
I have thought of many things since hearing about his adventures. Many many things.

Jul 04, 2011

Being born and raised in Iowa, and spending years over seas, just like Bryson, I found I could relate to his sense of humor very well. This book was a very funny read. The thoughts running through his head when it comes to Bears in the Woods, had me laughing so hard I had to put the book down for a little bit. I think also it was very informative about the Forrest Service and the Army Corp of Engineers. Would recommend listening to the book or reading it.

Jun 04, 2011

I loved this book and the audio version was wonderful as well. Lots of factual and anecdotal information about the Appalachian Trail told in Bill Bryson's hilarious style.


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