A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Audiobook CD - 1998
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"Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire, I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town."

So begins Bill Bryson's hilarious book A Walk in the Woods.   Following his return to America after twenty years in Britain, Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.  The AT, as it's affectionately known to thousands of hikers, offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes--and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to test his own powers of ineptitude, and to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.  

For a start, there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa who accompanies the similarly unfit Bryson on the trail.  Once Bryson and Katz settle into their stride, it's not long before they come across the fabulously annoying Mary Ellen, whose disappearance ruins a perfectly good slice of pie, a gang of Ralph Lauren-attired yuppies from whom Katz appropriates a key piece of equipment, and a security guard in Pennsylvania who, for no ascertainable reason, impounds Bryson's car.  Mile by arduous mile these latter-day pioneers walk America, along the way surviving the threat of bear attacks, the loss of key provisions, and everything else this awe-inspiring country can throw at them.  

But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike.  Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this fragile and beautiful trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness.  An adventure, a comedy, a lament, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.
Publisher: [New York] : Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publ., p1998
ISBN: 9780553455922
0553455923
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (360 min.) : digital, stereo., 4 3/4 in

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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 ... Read More »


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DJHollingsworth
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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