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A Walk in the Woods | [Bill Bryson]

A Walk in the Woods

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.
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The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)1998 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.

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    Colin CumbernauldUnited Kingdom 11/10/2006
    Colin CumbernauldUnited Kingdom 11/10/2006
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    "A walk in the woods"

    This is my favourite audio book. I love Bryson's dry wit mixed with his often critical assessment of how Americans fail to look after the woods and wildlife they should be protecting. I can understand his desire to walk the Appalachian Trail and listening to this audio book often inspires me to go walking myself (though not 2,000 miles).

    Bryson and Stephen Katz set off into the american wilderness only to find they are way out of their depth. With dangers such as bears, mountain lions, moose and more importantly Bryson's own vivid imagination the pair stumble their way along the trail. This book is packed with humour.

    William Roberts' narration is perfect and helps to put Bill Bryson's audio books as a must have for any a.b. collection. I hope Audible get more of Bryson's books, Their worth a listen.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Robert BournemouthUnited Kingdom 19/09/2007
    Robert BournemouthUnited Kingdom 19/09/2007
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    "a new bryson fan"

    i have only jsut started to read bill bryson. this book was fun and amusing as was the other i read (small town america) and i think i will read the rest. yes there are a lot of references to trees etc but he is walking the appilation trail. the reader, whom i think must read all his books, reads it so well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom 28/04/2007
    John Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom 28/04/2007 Member Since 2007
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    "wilderness adventure from the comfort of home"

    I really enjoyed Bill Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods' because it combines humour which can make you laugh out loud (usually at the expense of fools whom Bryson meets along the way) and a real sense of the beauty and wonder of North America's natural hertiage.

    Bryson's descriptions are able to pick out the most interesting details of places and people which entertain the listener throughout and his criticism of everything wrong with the US attitude to the environment also struck a cord with me. Despite some merciless attacks on government agencies who fail to protect America's wood lands, the author manages to convey a love for his native country which inspires you to follow in his footsteps. I will definately be downloading more Bill Bryson books in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan glasgow, United Kingdom 14/12/2013
    Jan glasgow, United Kingdom 14/12/2013 Member Since 2009
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    "This walk is a stroll"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely.
    As always Bill Bryson laces the narrative with memorable anecdotes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?


    where rodents walked over Bill and his friend in the night while they tried to sleep


    What does William Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?


    how he emphasizes and pauses for effect as he relates incidents


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Where his companion explains his struggle with alcoholism


    Any additional comments?

    Everything about the subject is covered so no previous knowledge is required.
    The main characters involved in its creation are all discussed, and there are so many
    colourful anectotes as always with Bill Bryson that one can return to the book again and again with pleasure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr PORTHCAWL, United Kingdom 13/12/2013
    Mr PORTHCAWL, United Kingdom 13/12/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Involving and stirring version of a good story."
    Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

    I'm a longstanding Bill Bryson fan and this is one of the first books of his I read. It evokes the landscape and experience of a long hike through America incredibly well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bryson's irascible and fallible companion, Stephen Katz, and the old AT itself.


    Which character – as performed by William Roberts – was your favourite?

    Stephen Katz.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's a bit long for that but the chapter structure and narrative is straightforward to tackle in sections.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Bill Bryson book I ever read and I still love the way the story is constructed and the way he diverts off down historical and natural side-trails from the main narrative is still great. It's classic Bryson and remains a great listen - the motorway hours flew by!

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    graham Sutton, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    graham Sutton, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2009
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    "The wonderful walk"

    Seldom have I read a more interesting and entertaining book. Bill Bryson takes us through the highs and lows of walking the American trails from the purchase of thousand and one items that salesman insists are essential for every hiker. Not only do we glimps the wonders of nature but he explains the folly of those who are entrusted with the care of these wonderful places. The very best part of the book is the host of wonderful characters he meets along his way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Cheltenham, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Andrew Cheltenham, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Possible Way to go for a Walk in the Woods !"

    Take Bill Byson's always interesting writing, spiced with copious dollops of laugh out loud passages, mix with William Roberts excellent reading style and serve on a sleek and shiny, very portable, Kindle Fire HD. A feast to nourish your funny bones and entertain you wherever you are. It doesn't get much better than this !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bledd.rob@lineone.net Wales 13/04/2013
    bledd.rob@lineone.net Wales 13/04/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "A walk in the woods"

    This book could so easily have been boring as, going for a walk, long and arduous as it is, is not an activity one would imagine which produces enough material for a good story. Not so with Bill Brysons outlook on life, he has managed to draw together material that is both informative (educational even) and humerous. Altogether a brilliant book that draws you back into it's pages not least to find out if he ever did have that encounter with a black bear. I have to pay compliment to William Roberts as narrator. Very comfortable and friendly voice to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Pontypool, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Paul Pontypool, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2008
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    "Appalachian Delight"

    I can't decide if Bill Bryson is a writer who travels or a traveller who writes. Do his wanderings inspire him to write a book or does he think of a book idea and travel to research it? Either way to enjoy one of his narratives is to share in his experiences. His amiable style and wry wit carry you along and it's almost as though you have travelled with him. Seen the world through his eyes. Met the people he spends time with and enjoyed with him that extra large piece of pie at a wayside diner. I have never walked the Appalachian Trail and, according to his honest account, Bryson never fully completed the mammoth task either. Having heard this book I now don't need to walk it. I've shared everyone of his footsteps. When Bryson walked the woods I was there. Brilliant

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    Amazon Customer Carnforth, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Amazon Customer Carnforth, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "A great listen"

    I read this book a few years ago and remember loving it. I was disappointed initially that the unabridged version was not read by the author however I soon forgot that as it was read so well. My husband heard some parts while travelling with me and enjoyed what he heard without having to have listened from the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jil
    Wahroonga, Australia
    06/08/12
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    "Bring back Bill! Loved his narration of "At Home"."
    If you could sum up A Walk in the Woods in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Bryson.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The relationship between Bill and Katz.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Cloying...Bill Bryson is nothing if not dry, and I found Mr Roberts to be obvious and, sorry...annoying.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Auckland, New Zealand
    12/05/11
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    "Brilliant as always"

    I'm already a fan of Bill and read the book years ago, but this is how good it was - while doing a non-stop 100km charity walk, I saved this for the midnight to dawn section and it was so entertaining and engrossing that I pretty much forgot I was on a rutted track in the pitch dark and had been walking for 20 hours. All I remember of those hours are Bill's stories of preparing for and slogging up and down Appalachian mountains which not only made what I was doing seem really easy but I'm pretty sure made me the only person on the track who was laughing out loud. For that alone I have to give it 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    22/04/10
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    "A Walk in the Woods"

    I enjoyed this book it was great.I like Bryson's sense of humour always makes me laugh out loud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murray
    Rotorua, New Zealand
    12/02/13
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    "There will never be a better AT book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hilariously funny book - loved every minute of it. So well brilliantly well read. I recommend this to everyone, all the time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?

    Katz ditching half the contents of his pack on the first day. And Bill's understandable terror of BEARS!!!!!


    Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Down Under, Neither Here nor there, Made in America, Notes from a big country. All extremely well read, William Roberts conveys the humour better than Bill Bryson himself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you go into the woods tonight...Prepare for a Bear surprise!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • faye
    Fort vermilion, AB, Canada
    14/11/12
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    "What a Great Story"

    I have read this book several times over the years, and I enjoy it every-time. It is a wonderful book and I love his humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Melbourne, Australia
    30/07/12
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    "Anyone can have the great adventure."
    Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

    I will be listening to this book again. It has so much detail, so many interesting facts that I feel I have hardly touched it with only one listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the little everyday details that made me feel I was there on the trail. And I liked the excursions off the track to the quirky history all around the Appalachian trail.


    What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

    William Roberts made this book for me. He brought so much humour and character to his task. I've heard Bill Bryson narrate his other books, but he could never bring the professional style to the job that William Roberts achieves.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to a chapter at a time on my train commute, but sometimes if I haven't finished the chapter I will wait on the platform and continue listening till the chapter ends.


    Any additional comments?

    Inspires me to do an adventure walk myself. But definitely not the Appalachain trail - too hard! I liked his description of a walk in Europe though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr kieran j murphy
    21/10/11
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    "extremly enjoyable"

    I really really enjoyed this book- it made want to walk at least some of the trail someday. Which is saying something given how lazy I am. Bill Bryson is one of the best travel writers ever and this is a shining example of his best work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dianne O
    Canada
    10/01/11
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    "Fairlyl Entertaining"

    I liked the way the author interwove some natural history with his story but would have found it more interesting and more entertaining if there was more about his walking through the woods. Sometimes I found it a little slow when he'd "side-track". I didnt' find it as funny as other reviewers did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/11/10
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    "bryson at his best again"

    fantastic story, well narrated, bryson at his best again, very well paced and never dull, almost makes you want to join him, though at a 2400 km walk not quite

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
    Bratislava, Slovakia
    06/05/10
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    "Makes you want to pack your bag and head off"

    As a person who does quite a bit of hiking herself, I really enjoyed this book, it's funny, it's entertaining and it certainly makes you want to pack and head out for your own adventure. William Robertson's narrating is just excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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