A Walk in the Woods
- Narrated by: Bill Bryson
- Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-15-99
- Language: English
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
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By Jeff on 09-18-09
Wonderful book, but hardly abridged
I never buy abridged books but since Audible didn't have the full version and I wanted the audio book I went for it. After listening to it, I wondered what had been left out. So I purchased the book in paperback. I just finished the paperback, and honestly was hard press to find anything that wasn't in the 'abridged' audio book. At most they cut out a few pages. The fact that Bill is reading it and he's as good a reader as he is author makes it all the better. Just a wonderful, funny and informative story.
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By Clay on 06-03-03
Warning: Trail may lead across Europe &, England
The Appalachian Trail adventure of Walk in the Woods was the first Bill Bryson book I listened to and it launched me into his other travels ("Notes from a Small Island", "Neither Here Nor There").
Bryson reading his own books adds spirit to the tales. In "Walk in the Woods", the imagery he draws of his travelling buddy, Katz, lumbering through the woods makes the inexperienced Bryson appear out to be a mix of Daniel Boone and David Letterman. Some of the best moments are the more serious history of the AT, changes/losses of nature on the trail, and foolishness of the National Parks Circus. Bryson is even, he notes the vastness and hazards of the wilderness and relatively unvisited spaces, not arguing to make the AT some kind of museum piece. Walk in the Woods doesn't have as much of the wild exaggerations of his other books. It's all done with humor that makes every cranky bear laugh out loud.
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