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  • Written by: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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A Walk in the Woods

Written by: Bill Bryson
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Publisher's Summary

The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

©1998 Bill Bryson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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I have already watched the movie once but now I wish to revisit the movie once more.

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  • Jil
  • 06-08-12

Bring back Bill! Loved his narration of "At Home".

If you could sum up A Walk in the Woods in three words, what would they be?

Classic Bryson.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The relationship between Bill and Katz.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Cloying...Bill Bryson is nothing if not dry, and I found Mr Roberts to be obvious and, sorry...annoying.

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  • Murray
  • 12-02-13

There will never be a better AT book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Hilariously funny book - loved every minute of it. So well brilliantly well read. I recommend this to everyone, all the time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?

Katz ditching half the contents of his pack on the first day. And Bill's understandable terror of BEARS!!!!!

Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Down Under, Neither Here nor there, Made in America, Notes from a big country. All extremely well read, William Roberts conveys the humour better than Bill Bryson himself.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If you go into the woods tonight...Prepare for a Bear surprise!

Any additional comments?

Everyone should read this!

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  • David
  • 30-07-12

Anyone can have the great adventure.

Would you listen to A Walk in the Woods again? Why?

I will be listening to this book again. It has so much detail, so many interesting facts that I feel I have hardly touched it with only one listening.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the little everyday details that made me feel I was there on the trail. And I liked the excursions off the track to the quirky history all around the Appalachian trail.

What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

William Roberts made this book for me. He brought so much humour and character to his task. I've heard Bill Bryson narrate his other books, but he could never bring the professional style to the job that William Roberts achieves.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to a chapter at a time on my train commute, but sometimes if I haven't finished the chapter I will wait on the platform and continue listening till the chapter ends.

Any additional comments?

Inspires me to do an adventure walk myself. But definitely not the Appalachain trail - too hard! I liked his description of a walk in Europe though.

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  • Lisa
  • 12-05-11

Brilliant as always

I'm already a fan of Bill and read the book years ago, but this is how good it was - while doing a non-stop 100km charity walk, I saved this for the midnight to dawn section and it was so entertaining and engrossing that I pretty much forgot I was on a rutted track in the pitch dark and had been walking for 20 hours. All I remember of those hours are Bill's stories of preparing for and slogging up and down Appalachian mountains which not only made what I was doing seem really easy but I'm pretty sure made me the only person on the track who was laughing out loud. For that alone I have to give it 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-10

A Walk in the Woods

I enjoyed this book it was great.I like Bryson's sense of humour always makes me laugh out loud.

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  • Marike
  • 11-02-22

Informatively adventurous

...and funny too. Bryson adds humour and information throughout the travels they take. Always a little qwerk around each bend.

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 10-05-20

fascinating

I loved it! i couldnt stop listening. complete information, funny,real...i watched the movie as well and i believe that it is a good adaptacion to the story.

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  • Book Addict
  • 06-08-19

Couldn't stop laughing

History of AT is squeezed in this hilarious story of Bryson's hike. One of my favourite books!

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  • CJ
  • 24-07-18

superb

always a good listen. maybe ive heard it 20 times now. just a classic. gold

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  • faye
  • 14-11-12

What a Great Story

I have read this book several times over the years, and I enjoy it every-time. It is a wonderful book and I love his humor.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-10-06

A walk in the woods

This is my favourite audio book. I love Bryson's dry wit mixed with his often critical assessment of how Americans fail to look after the woods and wildlife they should be protecting. I can understand his desire to walk the Appalachian Trail and listening to this audio book often inspires me to go walking myself (though not 2,000 miles).

Bryson and Stephen Katz set off into the american wilderness only to find they are way out of their depth. With dangers such as bears, mountain lions, moose and more importantly Bryson's own vivid imagination the pair stumble their way along the trail. This book is packed with humour.

William Roberts' narration is perfect and helps to put Bill Bryson's audio books as a must have for any a.b. collection. I hope Audible get more of Bryson's books, Their worth a listen.

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  • John
  • 28-04-07

wilderness adventure from the comfort of home

I really enjoyed Bill Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods' because it combines humour which can make you laugh out loud (usually at the expense of fools whom Bryson meets along the way) and a real sense of the beauty and wonder of North America's natural hertiage.

Bryson's descriptions are able to pick out the most interesting details of places and people which entertain the listener throughout and his criticism of everything wrong with the US attitude to the environment also struck a cord with me. Despite some merciless attacks on government agencies who fail to protect America's wood lands, the author manages to convey a love for his native country which inspires you to follow in his footsteps. I will definately be downloading more Bill Bryson books in the future.

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  • Salter
  • 28-09-18

Another great Bryson adventure..

A Walk in the Woods chronicles Bill Bryson, along with his long time friend Steve Catz, trekking the Appalachian Trail. Much of it describes their adventures in trying to avoid encounters with bears and other native animals, but also looks at the effect humans have had on the great outdoors over the years.
Laced with typical Bryson wit and humour, this is definitely a worthwhile listen.
You'll want to lace up your waking boots after this one!
Superbly narrated by William Roberts..

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  • Robert
  • 19-09-07

a new bryson fan

i have only jsut started to read bill bryson. this book was fun and amusing as was the other i read (small town america) and i think i will read the rest. yes there are a lot of references to trees etc but he is walking the appilation trail. the reader, whom i think must read all his books, reads it so well.

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  • B. Pend
  • 14-11-15

Unexpected but another Bryson Hit

What did you like most about A Walk in the Woods?

His friend Catz adds extra spice to the menu of Bryson's dry wit.

What other book might you compare A Walk in the Woods to, and why?

Him & Me. Unfortunately we do not get Catz's personal view, but the listener can imagine.

What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

He illuminates Bryson

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The separation ....

Any additional comments?

I avoided this Bryson offering, as I thought it would be a little dull. I mean a "A Walk In The Woods"! How wrong could I be. I would of liked Catz to have his own voice in this book, as I think that would have made it even funnier.

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  • Lil t
  • 26-06-16

brilliant bryson, terrible narration

I struggled how to rate this. I love bill and this is one of his funniest books but the narration is just awful. the previous version narrated by bill himself is fantastic. unfortunately this narrator has the intonation all wrong which just makes the story less funny! I also find his voice really irritating. upsettingly all the new unabridged versions of bills travels books seem to be narrated by this same person, nooooo! audible please get bill bryson to read these!!!

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  • Janet Hughes
  • 01-02-16

My very favourite Bill Bryson escapade.

I really enjoyed listening to A walk in the Woods. Both informative and laugh out loud funny..

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  • William
  • 06-12-15

Held your attention but low on novelty.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes and No. The premise is OK but the content feels thin. It feels padded with geographical facts making it neither a clear travelogue or an exposition of the trail. If you want a hint of the challenge facing you on the trail it gives you a very personal feel, but otherwise leave it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It petered out. Nothing to add.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration matched the book just fine.

Do you think A Walk in the Woods needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Unless he plans to finish the walk NO. However, its much much better than the film which was rather amateur.

Any additional comments?

A pleasant way to pass a few hours

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  • FL
  • 05-12-15

Entertaining journey

What did you like most about A Walk in the Woods?

The humour throughout and mixture of tales of the personal experience with details and descriptions of the places and their history- with an edgy attitude at times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?

So many entertaining moments so it is hard to narrow it down to just one. Enjoyed it all.

Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not yet although based on my enjoyment of this book I have now purchased a couple of other titles by Bill Bryson.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's a very easy book to listen to - it's not taxing to take it all in, so it's an ideal book to listen to whether you are dipping in and out or if you want a marathon sitting to read in one go. My father is in hospital and finds this is a good entertaining book to while away the hours and let his mind wander where sadly his body no longer can.

Any additional comments?

The narrator initially seemed overbearing but after a few chapters I came to enjoy his style- it brought the book and the characters to life - just right - it feels like listening to Bill himself.

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  • gareth
  • 12-02-16

Just good

This is the best of bill you can get, Katz and Bill what a team..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-18

A realists view into hiking long distance

A wonderful journey through the trials of amature hiking through some of the most difficult and varied conditions of the Appalachian Trail.

I listened to it mostly on the 30min drive to and from work. It's a great for the pick up and put down style of listening.

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  • SG01
  • 02-05-21

A laugh out loud wander

I started listening to this book whilst doing my weekly grocery shop and was laughing so much I must have looked slightly demented. I found this book both entertaining and interesting and often went off to do some Google research on various places Bill mentions along the way. The Appalachian Trail seemed to come to life in vivid descriptions. Hiking a trail once held a certain appeal to me, but now, I think I'm happy to have lived it via the written word.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-19

great book, story held me right to the end. loved this book alot. totally recommend

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  • Sandy bayley
  • 23-11-22

surprisingly funny read

I was browsing through the ‘included’ list when I found this one. I found myself laughing out lid a lot. I would have enjoyed it more & given it 5 stars if not for some blasphemy which deeply offends me.

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  • Solutionist
  • 20-10-22

Wryly amusing and very easy listening

An enjoyable journey with Bryson along the Appalachian trail. Highly entertaining, especially if you’ve walked some long trails and find some seriously funny resonance in his exuberant bantering style. Recommended listening. The American narrator adds to the fun.

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  • Heather
  • 12-10-22

Interesting and easy to listen to.

Interesting and easy to get lost in. being fascinated with the AT but knowing I'll never get there, I enjoyed this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-09-22

Excellent

I found it funny, sad, informative, and interesting from cover to cover. A must read.

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  • neko_cam
  • 23-09-22

A very easy listen.

I thought this was a shoo-in for at least four stars based on my enjoyment of the first half or so, but over time it began to fall flat. Still it was an easy, enjoyable, entertaining read.

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  • Ben
  • 21-07-22

Lots of history

Overall a good listen. The author includes quite a lot of side notes about the history or random facts about a section or area and then jumps back into the story. It is very informative and entertaining.

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  • Duncan
  • 08-07-22

Bryson is a rockstar

The only complaint I have about this edition is that Bryson isn't the narrator. I love the story, and the historical detail in the background.