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  1. 1 reviews 0 5 4.6 4 out of 5 stars 4.6/5 (1)
    9.7 hrs • 9/25/2012 • Unabridged

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America—majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way … and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors—or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in.

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    A Walk in the Woods

    9.7 hrs • 9/25/12 • Unabridged
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  2. 2.2 hrs • 1/8/2004 • Unabridged

    Frank Conroy first visited Nantucket with a gang of college friends in 1955. They came on a whim, and for Conroy it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with this “small, relaxed oasis in the ocean.” This book, part travel diary, part memoir, is a hauntingly evocative and personal journey through Nantucket: its sweeping dunes, rugged moors, remote beaches, secret fishing spots, and hidden forests and cranberry bogs. Admirers of Conroy’s classic and acclaimed memoir, Stop-Time, will again delight in what James Atlas, writing in the New York Times, called his “genius for close observation.” In Time and Tide, Conroy recounts the island’s history from the glory days of the whaling boom to the present, when tourism dominates. He vividly evokes the clash of cultures between the working class and the super-rich, with the fragile ecology of the island always in the balance. But most fascinating of all, he tells his own story: of playing jazz piano in the island’s bars; of raising a barn in the early sixties with the help of a bunch of hippie carpenters; of leasing an old, failed bar with two island pals and turning it into the Roadhouse, a club “that was to be ours, the year-rounders, and to hell with the summer people.” There’s a marvelous story of his first golf game, played on an ancient nine-hole course with two friends, a part-time sommelier and a builder from the South who invented the one-handed pepper mill. This is a book that revels in friendship, music, history, and the gorgeous landscape of a unique American place, and it is a wonderful work by one of our greatest contemporary writers.

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    Time and Tide

    2.2 hrs • 1/8/04 • Unabridged
  3. 13.2 hrs • 6/1/2001 • Unabridged

    In 1839, two years after graduating from Harvard, Henry David Thoreau and his older brother, John, took a boat-and-hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After John’s sudden death in 1842, Thoreau began to prepare a memorial account of their excursion during his stay at Walden Pond. Modern readers have come to see Thoreau’s story of the river journey as an appropriate predecessor to Walden, depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth. “Just as the current of the stream bears along the boat with Thoreau and his brother, so the current of ideas in his mind bears along the reader by evoking the joy and nostalgia that Thoreau feels for those lost, golden days. As Thoreau says, human life is very much like a river running always downward to the sea, and in this book we enter for a moment the flow of Thoreau’s unique existence.”—Masterplots

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