A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Subtitle: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America?majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you?re going to take a hike, it?s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you?ll find. He introduces us to t Subtitle: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine a...

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Title:A Walk in the Woods
Author:Bill Bryson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:A Walk in the Woods
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:397 pages pages

A Walk in the Woods Reviews

  • erin
    Jan 31, 2007
    It's been a busy couple of weeks, so I thought I'd spent the last of my holiday indulging in a witty travelogue to set my feet itching. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong book. Years of declining the advice of the Bryson-worshipers, it seems, was not in vain. I'm halfway through, and...
  • Jack
    May 17, 2007
    Imagine a grueling, four-month wilderness trek along the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Your guide: an intellectual, who lived half his life in England, well versed in geology, zoology, ecology and pretty much all of the other ?ologies.? Yet, this far from ordinary guide ...
  • David
    May 13, 2014
    I love Bill Bryson's books, and this one is no exception. Bryson tells the story of his hiking up the Appalachian Trail (AT for short) with his friend, Stephen Katz. His friend is quite a character, and I sort of wonder if he is a real person, or if he is "invented". But--Katz is such ...
  • Ken-ichi
    Apr 27, 2009
    Undoubtedly an amusing, breezy read, full of the kind of fun and hilarity all the blurbs lead you to expect. For instance, "Hunters will tell you that a moose is a wily and ferocious forest creature. Nonsense. A moose is a cow drawn by a three-year-old." That had me laughing on the tra...
  • Diane
    Aug 14, 2007
    Bill Bryson calls the Appalachian Trail "the grandaddy of long hikes," but for me, this book is the granddaddy of hiking memoirs. I first read it sometime around 1999, and I enjoyed it so much that not only have I reread this multiple times, but it also inspired me to read at least a d...
  • Dylan
    Sep 15, 2007
    I have read most of Bill Bryson's books and they are all good-- excellent even. His gift is in his ability to detect the humor in any situation. Where you or I might see a man walking down the street he sees something, and articulates it so well, packed with humor. But this book is his...
  • Chrissie
    Jan 20, 2017
    When I chose this book I failed to understand the author?s intention. Look at the subtitle! I hadn't noted the words "Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail". This book is not for people who love hiking; it is not intended to increase love of the sport. It scarcely shows the ...
  • Don
    Dec 05, 2009
    I have had 4-5 people tell me over the years that I ought to read this book, so after Jean read it I kept it around the house. And one evening when I had finished a book and wasn't all that sleepy, I picked this up. And it made me very sleepy. Lots of sleepy nights with this selecti...
  • Mischenko
    Dec 05, 2016
    Definitely read the book if you're a fan of the outdoors and hiking. I learned about the book after watching the movie, and let me say, the book to me was much better. ...
  • Anne
    May 20, 2014
    I kind of surprised I liked this book at all, because: a) I read pathetically little non-fiction b) I've never read a travelogue AND c) I'm only a fan of the Great Outdoors as long as I'm safely Indoors. So, color me shocked that I not only finished this, but giggled my w...
  • Jason Koivu
    Apr 25, 2013
    A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail pressed all my favorite buttons: Humor. Adventure. Danger. Storytelling. Nature. Local/personal interest. Et cetera. I even liked that the author Bill Bryson is a American-Brit ex-pat/transplant and thus an outsider...
  • Ben Williams
    Mar 09, 2009
    i always tell people that they will either love this (and most of his other) books to death, or that they will find them utterly unamusing. i find them hilarious. i have never laughed so hard while reading a book as with Bryson's books. Give it a go--you'll know after the first few cha...
  • Ben
    Apr 28, 2011
    Bill Bryson is extremely annoying. I started out liking this book, but the further I went along, the more obnoxious I found the author's smarter-than-thou attitude. And that's a shame, too, because I was very interested in the subject matter and had the impression that Bryson wrote wit...
  • J.L.   Sutton
    Mar 21, 2016
    I wanted to like Bill Bryson?s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. Not sure what I was expecting from this?perhaps more about hiking on the actual AT and the reasons Bryson made this trek?but I was mostly disappointed. It read like a series of tra...
  • Jason
    Jul 24, 2011
    I am what some might call a pussy hiker. I do genuinely enjoy a leisurely stroll in the ?mountains? of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. I like the pretty views. I always bring my conveniently-sized L.L. Bean backpack ($39.95 from the Kittery Outlets) so I have a place for ...
  • Julie
    Aug 14, 2017
    I'm no city mouse. I'm a country mouse who lives in jeans and who often has a thick layer of soil under her nails from gardening. But, when compared to my brother, I seem like Zsa Zsa Gabor or Beyoncé. My brother is like. . . Inman, from Cold Mountain. A man who walks and walks and...
  • Jan-Maat
    Aug 06, 2011
    Sometimes I wonder if I have been too judgemental with a book, I returned and reread a good chunk of this and feel if anything I was too generous. The problem I feel is that Bryson's humour is all about people. The odd people he meets and the funny things they say. On a footpath, in a ...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Aug 18, 2015
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. I am terribly disappointed by the fact that I did not fall in love with this book. When I was choosing a book to read, I took one look at the ratings for this book on Goodreads and knew that I had to read this book right away. S...
  • Ingrid
    Dec 28, 2016
    It's the longest armchair hike I've ever taken and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I know I will never do this for real so this is next best. I enjoyed reading about the history of the AT and all the other stories that BB included in the report of his adventures. ...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Dec 25, 2017
    In "A Walk in the Woods", Bryson narrates his experiences on the Appalachian Trail which stretches 2000+ miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, passing through eleven states and populated with all kinds of peril imaginable. As Bryson says The woods were ...
  • Char
    Jan 23, 2018
    A WALK IN THE WOODS was just okay. The author and his friend did not get to hike the entire trail as they had originally intended, which was not only disappointing for them, but for me as well. I learned about the history of the trail and how the whole thing works. I previous...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Oct 03, 2016
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ After reading A Man Called Ove last week, I was afraid nothing would compare and I?d be stuck in book hangover mode unless I picked something totally different from what I normally read. I decided to go to the libr...
  • Jeff
    Oct 18, 2012
    Going into this book, I really had no idea of what to expect from Bill Bryson. Even though I picked this book up based on Diane?s terrific review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), I had never read the author before and let?s face it - blurbs on the cover only tell you so ...
  • Brandice
    May 18, 2017
    I really enjoyed A Walk in the Woods, the first book I've read by Bill Bryson. I enjoyed Part 1, where Katz was Bryson's trail companion, more than Part 2 but still liked all of it. The book has a very good balance of story, humor (including plenty of sarcasm), and Appalachian Trail hi...
  • Guy Austin
    Jan 11, 2017
    This is a book I had always thought to read, but never had. I am very pleased that I finally got round to it. If you?re wanting something funny and absorbing for the flight home, to sit on the patio with a cup of coffee, or you?re your favorite chair staring out the window you have...
  • Paul E. Morph
    Apr 18, 2017
    Let me just get this out of the way first: Sorry, Trish! I couldn't help myself! I have no willpower! I am officially the world's worst buddy reader! Right, as for the book... I enjoyed it. The only Bryson I've read before this was his book about hiking in my native UK and, perhaps ...
  • PirateSteve
    Nov 29, 2015
    I chose this book in hopes it would rekindle my appetite for hiking. The book easily did that. I also found this to be such a pleasurable read. I looked forward at every stolen opportunity to read another chapter. It delivered each time. ...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    Mar 07, 2018
    3.5 stars If not for being my book club choice for March I probably would not have read A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson, and though I didn't vote for it I'm happy to have read it. Bill Bryson, a much published travel writer, was mid 40's when he struck upon the idea of walking th...
  • Miranda Reads
    Nov 07, 2017
    Well, scratch the Appalachian Trail off my bucketlist. Bryson sets off to walk the Appalachian trail with only an extremely overpriced backpack (packed with equally ridiculously expensive gear), an old "friend" that he hadn't talked to in years and a will to find his next story. H...
  • J.K. Grice
    Oct 03, 2017
    Pure Bryson delight, as well as an informative history about the Appalachian Trail. Although I could never imagine Robert Redford portraying Bill Bryson, the film version is pretty funny, with Nick Nolte adding great comic relief. Highly recommended. ...