A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER
Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT 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 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 along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. 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 beautiful but fragile 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, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Eager, determined, and woefully unprepared, forty-something amateur hiker Bill Bryson and his even more inexperienced college pal Stephen Katz set out to walk the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail from Florida to Maine. The writer’s wonderfully written account of this ill-fated quest is as hilarious and educational as his less athletic travel books, moving effortlessly from the pair’s well-meaning ineptitude to fascinating historical and environmental details about the trail itself. Bryson’s warmhearted voice brings to life moments of jubilation, fear, frustration, and failure. This audiobook is a wonderful companion for your own wanderings.
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GREAT BUT IT"S MISSING PARTS
When i bought this it did NOT say abridged although i see now it does. It's missing one of the best stories from the book, Katz's near hook-up with an obese woman and being chased by her husband. it's still a great book and worth hearing bill read it. you could spend the money on WAY worse stuff
abridged or not
unknowingly bought this abridged version, but it is still a very good listen. Bryson has a way with words reminiscent of Steinbeck's dry sarcasm. At the same time there are lessons here and the audiobook is well read.
This is an ABRIDGEMENT!!!!
*********Althogh the listing does not say it, it is an ABRIDGEMENT!***** It's not the whole story, many of the more funny parts have been cut out so if you're a fan of Bryson books be careful, you will not be happy with the parts cut out. Needless to say I am not happy about the false description and waste of $16!!