A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson audiobook

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

By Bill Bryson
Read by Bill Bryson

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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.

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Summary

Summary

"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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A terribly misguided and terribly funny tale of adventure...choke-on-your-coffee funny. The Washington Post Book World
The Appalachian Trail...consists of some five million steps, and Bryson manages to coax a laugh, and often an unexpectedly startling insight, out of every one he traverses...It is hard not to grin idiotically through all 304 pages...sheer comic entertainment. Kirkus Reviews
A Walk in the Woods is an almost perfect travel book. The Boston Globe
Bryson is . . . great company right from the start—a lumbering, droll, neatnik intellectual who comes off as equal parts Garrison Keillor, Michael Kinsley, and . . . Dave Barry...[Readers] may find themselves turning the pages with increasing amusement and anticipation as they discover that they're in the hands of a satirist of the first rank who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio. The New York Times Book Review
“[Bryson is] great company from the start—a lumbering, droll, neatnik intellectual who comes off as equal parts Garrison Keillor, Michael Kinsley, and…Dave Barry…[He is] a satirist of the first rank, who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio.” New York Times Book Review
“The Appalachian Trail…consists of some five million steps, and Bryson manages to coax a laugh, and often an unexpectedly startling insight, out of every one he traverses…Sheer comic entertainment.” Kirkus Reviews
“This is a seriously funny book…Bryson also writes most beautifully about the loveliness of the forest and the mountains…[He is] a natural wonder.” Sunday Times (London)
“Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint and fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud.” Chicago Sun-Times
A Walk in the Woods is an almost perfect travel book.” Boston Globe
“Engaging [and] delightful.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“If you were to cross John Muir’s writing with Dave Barry’s, you’d end up with something along the lines of…[A Walk in the Woods].” National Geographic Traveler
“Nobody has written anything like this book. It’s funny—so funny I was laughing out loud.” Providence Journal-Bulletin
“Terribly misguided, and a terribly funny tale of adventure…The yarn is choke-on your-coffee funny.” Washington Post
“Yet another comic, witty, gritty…piece of travel writing-cum-commentary by Bryson…Reading about the AT, in Bryson’s droll, hyperbolic, information-stuffed style, will bring many of his readers to a grateful, amused appreciation for his walk, his work, and his wit.” Des Moines Register
“A delightful and enlightening account of the author’s attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail.” Salon
“Bryson’s truth-telling happens to be hilarious.” Los Angeles Times
“A mix of tenderness, humor, and an awakening environmental consciousness.” Miami Herald
“Bill Bryson has produced a book that has once again left me cackling out loud and grinning until my jaw ached.” San Francisco Examiner
“Bryson reaches a new emotional plateau in his writing…A level of hilarity shot through with sad understanding.” Dallas Morning News
“Bryson is so wry and discerning a tour guide, so lucid and companionable a lay naturalist, that the sum is gleaned from the parts…[His] knowledge proves not only broad but red-hot.” Houston Chronicle
A Walk in the Woods is a hilarious account of [Bryson’s] adventures on the Appalachian Trail. It’s worth repeating that salient point: This book is so very funny.” Arizona Republic
“A well-deserved bestseller…It’s a great adventure, on a human scale, with survivable discomforts, and happily, everybody goes home afterwards.” Times-Picayune
“Bryson’s style, humor, and narrative gifts elevate [it] well above the mere travelogue…[He] takes history, observation, and traveler’s angst and weaves them together seamlessly.” Lexington Herald-Leader
“Bryson is a very funny writer who could wring humor from a clammy sleeping bag.” Hartford Courant
“Savor it a chapter at a time—and read in public so passersby can wonder what could possibly be causing you to laugh so hard.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“[A Walk in the Woods] again shows off [Bryson’s] skills of observation as well as his hilarious wit and is definitely a keeper.” Chattanooga Free Press
“Bryson’s book is a marvelous description and history of the train and the mountains…[His] great humor makes this a journey worth taking.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Bill Bryson

Author Bio: Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is the New York Times bestselling author of At HomeA Walk in the WoodsThe Lost ContinentMade in AmericaThe Mother Tongue, A Short History of Nearly Everything—winner of the Aventis Prize—and various other works. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he now lives in England, where he has worked for both the Times and Independent and written for most other major British and American publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English