• A Walk in the Woods

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-01-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (76 ratings)

Regular price: $21.31

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $21.31

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Add to Library for $0.00

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

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.
©2004 Bill Bryson (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Genevieve on 02-09-11

Thoroughly enjoyable

The first third of this story had me laughing so hard I cried. I enjoyed the last third very much too. It lost my attention somewhat in the middle though when the story, and Bryson literally, got off track. Even so I would thoroughly recommend it. Bryson's voice, reading his own story, is such a pleasure to listen to.

Read More Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By By What the...? on 02-01-11

Great Fun

As Bill Bryson is a favourite author I looked forward to hearing him read his own works. What a delight it is to listen to his gentle voice as he and Katz plod through primeval woods in their effort to be less like cupcakes. I listen to audio books whilst walking for exercise and could walk for hours being entertained by Bryson's wonderful sense of humour and irony. Highly recommended.

Read More Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By John Bates on 07-14-10

Author Narration

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.

Read More Hide me

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 10-07-11

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!

Read More Hide me

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By josh on 07-01-18

Wonderful

We hear so much about the amazing AT , yet I live thousands of miles away on another continent, I wanted to learn why a trail is famous the world over and now I understand. A true account to listen too whilst I drive to the trailhead of the Australian Alps walking trail wishing I was in USA about to hit the AT ?.

Read More Hide me
5 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 05-23-18

An honest revelation of a failure of sorts.

Entertaining, but this gives an appreciation of how hard the AT must be. Normal people would have never written a book about the attempt, how many thousands of hikers must have thought it was "A Walk In The Woods" and given up defeated. A great tale.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews