A classic from the New York Times bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Body.
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.
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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!!