A Walk In The Woods

A Walk In The Woods

Audiobook CD - 1998
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A hilarious account of Bryson's 2,100-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz.
Publisher: Newport Beach, CA : Books On Tape, p1998.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9780736651479
0736651470
Branch Call Number: TB 917.40443 Bry
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 10 hr.)
Additional Contributors: McQuay, Rob

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gvlib2016
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

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GINGER666
Jun 06, 2017

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

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melissawade
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.

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Sheltieowner
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.

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LibrarianGeek
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.

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reedstevens
Oct 19, 2011

Bryson saves every single thought on paper, mostly useful information but sometimes more asides than the reader needs.

I learned a lot about the geo-history of the eastern United States. I wish Bryson told us more about why he spent a whole summer in the wet, buggy woods or who sponsored the excursion. Surely he didn't fit himself out on his own dime.

Still, he's smart and funny, a good-enough companion to keep the pages turning.

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DarinMcDonald
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.

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Jennmro
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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