A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Audiobook CD - 2015
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Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2, 100 mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. Known affectionately as the AT, it offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes. But for Bryson it also offered an opportunity for humor and irony as he learned the trail's hard lessons about self-reliance. He persuaded his friend Stephen Katz to join him for weeks and months on the trail.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, c2015
Edition: Abridged
ISBN: 9780147523600
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (360 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 18, 2016

Recommended by a friend who has actually hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail, I found this to be an excellent introduction to what one might expect should he or she dare to tackle the AT. Not having read or listened to any of Bryson's other books, I was pleasantly surprised by his humor. While there are certainly sober elements to this book (as the author recounts the ecological and human tragedies that have occurred over the trail's history), it is impossible not to smile or laugh as he describes the other hikers encountered along the way. As a warning to parents, there are a few F bombs sprinkled here and there, but over all I would recommend the book to hikers and non-hikers alike. Were I in better shape myself, I would be tempted to visit the AT just to experience some of what Bryson describes, first hand.

Bhulsey Jul 16, 2014

I have read most of Bill Bryson's books and they are all good-- excellent even. His gift is in his ability to detect the humor in any situation. Where you or I might see a man walking down the street he sees something, and articulates it so well, packed with humor. But this book is his best. The reason, I think, is that it takes him out of his element. His natural writing style is this so-called "travel writing" genre-- the idea that someone goes somewhere and writes about it and their time there. But most "travel writers" don't hike over half of the AT, that's unheard of. And the fact that Bryson at middle age decided to take on such a task with no real background in backpacking, let alone for months at a time, is downright impressive.


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