A Walk in the Woods

  • by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by Bill Bryson
  • 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states, and over 2,000 miles. It stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Maine in the north to Georgia in the south. It is famous for being the longest continuous footpath in the world. (Compare this with the Pennine Way, which is a mere 250 miles long.) It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas - 'redneck' country - Moonshine, Lil’ Abner, 'There’s bears in them thar hills.' Remember the film Deliverance?
God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake this gruelling hike. Perhaps it was just a long-held ambition to lose weight: he has lost two stone so far. As he recently wrote from the trail to his publisher: ‘Speaking of vigorous exercise, boy have I just had some. Maine was a bitch. I want you to come back and walk it with me so that when you die if you go to hell you will be able to say: “Call this hell? Try walking across Maine in August.'"
Reared in the tradition of Mark Twain, James Thurber, and S.J. Perelman, Bryson used his many years in Britain to soak up a peculiarly English sense of irony and humour and to hone a laugh-out-loud style that is uniquely, hilariously, his own.

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I disagree with the previous reviewer who didn't approve of Bill Bryson's narration. I find that I prefer it when Bill narrates his books, especially A Walk in the Woods as he is more able than any to get across the real feelings he experienced on his adventure. For a travel book like this one that has to count for something.
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- John Bates

Very funny & more interesting than it should be

It strikes me that a true account of every footstep on the Appalachian trail would be extremely tedious. It's a good job, then, that Bryson's includes his signature dry humour, a great deal of the usual fascinating and bizarre historical anecdotes and comic relief in the shape of Katz, his walking companion.
I chose this over the unabridged version as I much prefer Bryson's own narration to William Roberts excitable and overstated delivery. Besides, it's not much different in length!
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- Ian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks