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A Walk in the Woods

Narrated by: William Roberts
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
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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)2014 Audible, Inc.

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great book, story held me right to the end. loved this book alot. totally recommend

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A realists view into hiking long distance

A wonderful journey through the trials of amature hiking through some of the most difficult and varied conditions of the Appalachian Trail.

I listened to it mostly on the 30min drive to and from work. It's a great for the pick up and put down style of listening.

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Great audio book for a car journey

The narrator was brilliant. Really enjoyed the story, very funny at times and very informative.

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My first foray into the work of Bill Bryson

My first foray into the work of Bill Bryson. Love the mix of non fiction, storytelling and irony. Will definitely be back for more.

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Fabulous

Great book and made better by the person who reads it. Would definitely recommend this book.

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Absolutely delightful.

Bill Bryson has certainly delivered. A very entertaining summery of his own trip. I found myself sitting in the vehicle long after I arrived at my destinations simply to hear which direction brysons trip would take at the next mountain pass or state line.
It is FUNNY, not in a slap stick way, but with his unique way with words which had me giggling at his encounters with other trail goers, as well as an unassuming public, which certainly had no reason to fathom being included in his tale.
And I learnt a lot about a trail I never would of otherwise, on the other side of the world, as well as about America, American life and the rise and fall of certain endeavours.
I may even plan my own hike! Perhaps a few days at first. And hopefully with a comically inept companion such as brysons!

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Hiking humour at its best!

Laugh a minute, Brison's unique ability to weave absurdities in to amusing content makes for enjoyable listening! Well read to boot (excuse the hiking pun). No question that if you purchase this ebook you'll be duly satisfied ; )

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Loved it

Classic Bryson - great story this one with some interesting facts thrown in for good measure.

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A walk in the woods, without the personal effort.

What made the experience of listening to A Walk in the Woods the most enjoyable?

The description of the different areas of bush.

What other book might you compare A Walk in the Woods to, and why?

As good in its descriptions as Down Under.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The part where the author and his walking companion become separated and look for each other, by trying to think the way the other one does.

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

It is more on the adventure side than emotional side.

Any additional comments?

You learn all about bushwalking gear, maps, refuges, portable food and snacks, etc.

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  • Jil
  • 06-08-2012

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.

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  • Murray
  • 12-02-2013

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!

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  • David
  • 30-07-2012

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.

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  • Lisa
  • 12-05-2011

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-2010

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.

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  • Book Addict
  • 06-08-2019

Couldn't stop laughing

History of AT is squeezed in this hilarious story of Bryson's hike. One of my favourite books!

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  • CJ
  • 24-07-2018

superb

always a good listen. maybe ive heard it 20 times now. just a classic. gold

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  • faye
  • 14-11-2012

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.

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 21-10-2011

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

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  • Kate D
  • 10-01-2011

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.

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  • John
  • 28-04-2007

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-10-2006

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.

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  • Salter
  • 28-09-2018

Another great Bryson adventure..

A Walk in the Woods chronicles Bill Bryson, along with his long time friend Steve Catz, trekking the Appalachian Trail. Much of it describes their adventures in trying to avoid encounters with bears and other native animals, but also looks at the effect humans have had on the great outdoors over the years.
Laced with typical Bryson wit and humour, this is definitely a worthwhile listen.
You'll want to lace up your waking boots after this one!
Superbly narrated by William Roberts..

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  • Janet Hughes
  • 01-02-2016

My very favourite Bill Bryson escapade.

I really enjoyed listening to A walk in the Woods. Both informative and laugh out loud funny..

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  • Iain Cooke
  • 26-11-2015

Loved this story

Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to it again. The reader was excellent, and it was a very uplifting story with a lot of humour.

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

The laughs out aloud. There were so many times that I would suddenly burst out laughing over different bits, such as them discovering that they had left most of the food behind.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Cats bought the underwear for the large woman and discovered she was married when the husband came looking for him, and he had to hid from the husband. He was suddenly very desperate to get walking again.

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

Stephen (Cats) opening up to Bill and admitting that his life was a struggle and how difficult it was to stay away from alcohol. It was a very human moment with lots of feeling.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to everyone, it is full of history, humour and also a spectrum of honest human feelings from repulsion to compassion, it is a very real book. You can really imagine and feel their journey in not just the physical sense but emotional as well.

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  • Robert
  • 19-09-2007

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.

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  • Leon
  • 18-12-2015

Really enjoyed this book

Really well written and strong narration. The story was both informative and amusing really taking you on the journey with them. Will be reading more of his books in the future.

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  • B. Pend
  • 14-11-2015

Unexpected but another Bryson Hit

What did you like most about A Walk in the Woods?

His friend Catz adds extra spice to the menu of Bryson's dry wit.

What other book might you compare A Walk in the Woods to, and why?

Him & Me. Unfortunately we do not get Catz's personal view, but the listener can imagine.

What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

He illuminates Bryson

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

The separation ....

Any additional comments?

I avoided this Bryson offering, as I thought it would be a little dull. I mean a "A Walk In The Woods"! How wrong could I be. I would of liked Catz to have his own voice in this book, as I think that would have made it even funnier.

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  • Lil t
  • 26-06-2016

brilliant bryson, terrible narration

I struggled how to rate this. I love bill and this is one of his funniest books but the narration is just awful. the previous version narrated by bill himself is fantastic. unfortunately this narrator has the intonation all wrong which just makes the story less funny! I also find his voice really irritating. upsettingly all the new unabridged versions of bills travels books seem to be narrated by this same person, nooooo! audible please get bill bryson to read these!!!

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  • William
  • 06-12-2015

Held your attention but low on novelty.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes and No. The premise is OK but the content feels thin. It feels padded with geographical facts making it neither a clear travelogue or an exposition of the trail. If you want a hint of the challenge facing you on the trail it gives you a very personal feel, but otherwise leave it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It petered out. Nothing to add.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration matched the book just fine.

Do you think A Walk in the Woods needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Unless he plans to finish the walk NO. However, its much much better than the film which was rather amateur.

Any additional comments?

A pleasant way to pass a few hours

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