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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (107,009 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Bryson Narrator: Bill Bryson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 is destined to become a modern classic of travel literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Bryson is] great company from the start—a lumbering, droll, neatnik intellectual who comes off as equal parts Garrison Keillor, Michael Kinsley, and…Dave Barry…[He is] a satirist of the first rank, who writes (and walks) with Chaucerian brio.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The Appalachian Trail…consists of some five million steps, and Bryson manages to coax a laugh, and often an unexpectedly startling insight, out of every one he traverses…Sheer comic entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This is a seriously funny book…Bryson also writes most beautifully about the loveliness of the forest and the mountains…[He is] a natural wonder.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Bill Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint and fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • A Walk in the Woods is an almost perfect travel book.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Engaging [and] delightful.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “If you were to cross John Muir’s writing with Dave Barry’s, you’d end up with something along the lines of…[A Walk in the Woods].”

    National Geographic Traveler

  • “Nobody has written anything like this book. It’s funny—so funny I was laughing out loud.”

    Providence Journal-Bulletin

  • “Terribly misguided, and a terribly funny tale of adventure…The yarn is choke-on your-coffee funny.”

    Washington Post

  • “Yet another comic, witty, gritty…piece of travel writing-cum-commentary by Bryson…Reading about the AT, in Bryson’s droll, hyperbolic, information-stuffed style, will bring many of his readers to a grateful, amused appreciation for his walk, his work, and his wit.”

    Des Moines Register

  • “A delightful and enlightening account of the author’s attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail.”


  • “Bryson’s truth-telling happens to be hilarious.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A mix of tenderness, humor, and an awakening environmental consciousness.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Bill Bryson has produced a book that has once again left me cackling out loud and grinning until my jaw ached.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • “Bryson reaches a new emotional plateau in his writing…A level of hilarity shot through with sad understanding.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Bryson is so wry and discerning a tour guide, so lucid and companionable a lay naturalist, that the sum is gleaned from the parts…[His] knowledge proves not only broad but red-hot.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • A Walk in the Woods is a hilarious account of [Bryson’s] adventures on the Appalachian Trail. It’s worth repeating that salient point: This book is so very funny.”

    Arizona Republic

  • “A well-deserved bestseller…It’s a great adventure, on a human scale, with survivable discomforts, and happily, everybody goes home afterwards.”


  • “Bryson’s style, humor, and narrative gifts elevate [it] well above the mere travelogue…[He] takes history, observation, and traveler’s angst and weaves them together seamlessly.”

    Lexington Herald-Leader

  • “Bryson is a very funny writer who could wring humor from a clammy sleeping bag.”

    Hartford Courant

  • “Savor it a chapter at a time—and read in public so passersby can wonder what could possibly be causing you to laugh so hard.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “[A Walk in the Woods] again shows off [Bryson’s] skills of observation as well as his hilarious wit and is definitely a keeper.”

    Chattanooga Free Press

  • “Bryson’s book is a marvelous description and history of the train and the mountains…[His] great humor makes this a journey worth taking.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gaiagirl | 2/17/2014

    " I forgot how funny and informative this was. Just as good or better the second time even if the information is out of date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa Kuhn | 1/31/2014

    " I read this several years ago before I had a Good Reads account. I fell in love with Bryson's humor and his willingness to go through so much just to provide us with information about the Appalachian Trail. Read everything written by this man immediately!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/18/2014

    " What a wonderful writer for people who love to travel and experience the extraordinary. Currently my 70 year old cousin is thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. He has completed 60% of the trek. I have been able to follow his adventure through the words of Bill Bryson. We hope to visit my cousin as he treks through Massachusetts in July on his way to Maine. Bill, continue to share your experiences through your writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/4/2014

    " I read this book in High School and it was one of the few that I actually enjoyed. Very well put together - had it's humor, serious, and just down-right heart felt moments. Great Read. "

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