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A Walk in the Woods

Written by: Bill Bryson
Narrated by: Bill Bryson
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
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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.

©2004 Bill Bryson (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks

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unabridged...?

Overall great, however this version cuts a lot out of the original story. I was quite disappointed when I was trying to follow in with the ebook, and was left having to skip a number of pages and paragraphs. Pretty disappointing since the cover of this audiobook states unabridged... The audio version leave out a large chunk of the research and interesting facts that gives context to the Appalachian Trail.

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Great story

Type of a mid life thing best appreciated by people of that age. Funny in true Bill Bryson style.

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Two paths diverged in a yellow wood

Bill Bryson walks through a gigantic wilderness as a way of re-connecting with his native country after a long time away, and discovers amusing things about himself, his fellow citizens and an old friend from Des Moines. Appreciate his self-awareness, and fear of bears; glad he didnt decide to just go see a few baseball games.

I know that "walking the Appalachian Trail" is now a euphemism for conducting an affair, but this book suggests that actually taking the hike is a better way of knowing the country, and yourself.

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Very funny and thought-provoking

Loved this story and the images it conjured up in my mind. Great narration by Bill Bryson.

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Unlikely Adventure

The two guys are so mismatched, but they grew emotionally for themselves and each other. Good story and well written.

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  • Genevieve
  • 2011-02-09

Thoroughly enjoyable

The first third of this story had me laughing so hard I cried. I enjoyed the last third very much too. It lost my attention somewhat in the middle though when the story, and Bryson literally, got off track. Even so I would thoroughly recommend it. Bryson's voice, reading his own story, is such a pleasure to listen to.

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  • By What the...?
  • 2011-02-01

Great Fun

As Bill Bryson is a favourite author I looked forward to hearing him read his own works. What a delight it is to listen to his gentle voice as he and Katz plod through primeval woods in their effort to be less like cupcakes. I listen to audio books whilst walking for exercise and could walk for hours being entertained by Bryson's wonderful sense of humour and irony. Highly recommended.

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  • MarqD
  • 2017-05-10

inspiring

I love Bryson's work and this is no exception. I listened to it while walking and now yearn to go hiking.

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  • John Lynn
  • 2015-02-26

Feels like a friend telling you a story

Really good when the author narrates his own story wit pace and charm makes it an experience to remember great

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