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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.|
|Publisher||Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Read by||Bill Bryson|
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One of the perks of owning a bookstore is that you have first pick of the new inventory that is either traded in or outright purchased. It can be an adventure to see what treasures are inside the box just waiting to be discovered. "A Walk In The Woods" is one such gem.
Bill Bryson invites you to join him and his friend Stephen Katz on an adventurous and often hilarious hike along the 2100 mile Appalachian Trail that runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia all the way up to Mount Katahdin, in Maine. Of the many who start to traverse the affectionately nicknamed AT, very few have completed the entire arduous and grueling route in stages, and even fewer have been able to accomplish the journey non-stop.
This book contains some very funny stories as well as a lot of informative facts about the AT and Bill references other sources of reading material concerning the AT and the dangers of hiking in the woods; one in particular being the bear. My favorite story by far involves the arrival of Bill's hiking partner at the airport.
Prior to Stephen's emergence from the aircraft, Bill writes about some of the terrifying stories of petrified campers lying in their flimsy tents while listening to a ravenous bear ransacking the campsite because he was drawn by the lingering aroma of cooked meat that is still in your hair, on your clothes and tent fabric. They of course love Snickers and any other tasty morsels that they can score. Then, there are the occasional abductions and mauling...
Needless to say, Bill is a little on edge not wanting his demise to be at the claws and teeth of a hungry bear. When his very large friend disembarks from a short trip from Boston, MA to Hanover, NH, he is already hungry and looking for the nearest doughnut shop; not a good sign. When he is informed that there are no doughnut shops on the trail, Stephen beams and proudly states he had thought of that. He points to a large, very heavy duffle bag and to Bill’s horror, explains, “Snickers. Lots and lots of Snickers.”
As the story progresses, you witness the transformation of two completely clueless and totally out-of-shape greenhorn tourists to a pair of trail weary travelers, to a couple of rugged, experienced veterans of the AT. Hats off to both men, because I know I won’t be seen on the trail…
This is a very good book, well-written and a recommended read. It is a delightful addition to my library and I’m sure that it will be yours, too.
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I listen to audio books from the library. Why? Because the glory of a used book is that is loses none of its flavor, and the public library buffet is free! Once in a while, however, I find a book that needs to belong to me, due to the impact it has on me, the undeniably high entertainment factor, and because it's excellent enough to bear listening to over and over again. Bryson has written that book!
In a tome quite similar in nature to his In a Sunburned Country (Australia), Bryson recaps the relatively unprepared introduction of he and a companion to the estimable Appalachian Trail. He communicates quite well the sense of discovery and dismay, and more importantly the sense of "encounter" they experience. Written with ropy threads of humor, Bryson also garnishes his story heavily with science, history, and editorial, leaving the reader not only amused, but challenged and informed.
I found it unfortunate that Bryson kept this book out of the realm of a family read with recurrent "F"-bombs (Oh for an edited version, or a write that needs none), but for adult level literature the insults are bearable, perhaps. Despite this, and his insults to my home state, I heartily recommend that you, too, take A Walk in the Woods.
A Walk in the Woods/ Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail-Bill Bryson. This is a hilarious account of Bill and a bud TRYING to walk the trail and not really being prepared. The folks and the mishaps along the way make you laugh out loud. So if you know a weekend warriorette or warrior who maybe thinks she/he's ready for a very long hike in the woods give them this book by Bill Bryson. They will laugh heartily but they will be forewarned too! Thank you.
I get tired of reading so just listening to someone's narrative of the book while I'm relaxing is gr8. I read the book a couple of years ago and let a friend borrow the book. She soon returned it and said another friend had given her the book on dvd's. She liked it and said I could borrow it. So I couldn't wait and bought it. Best thing I've done in a while. Now I've bought many books on cd's, mp3, dvd and its gr8. Now I've bought mp3's with old radio programs on them.
Its a trip in time going back to the day.
Y'all should try one some time. You'll love it. You can play cd's on any cd player in your car or computer or dvd player but you need a mp3 player or computer and dvd player to play a mp3. It won't work in your car if it isn't mp3 cpompatible.
The funniest story about something that didn't happen that I've ever read. Bill Bryson could make telling a story about ice melting interesting.