Walk in the Woods Audiobook

Walk in the Woods Audiobook
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BOOK DETAILS

Written By: Bill Bryson
Narrated By: Rob McQuay
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Date: September 2012
Duration: 9 hours 52 minutes

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Walk in the Woods Audiobook Summary

The Appalachian Trail 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 the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

Walk in the Woods Audiobook Reviews

I am an avid reader. Yes, folks, I’m that annoying person who reads while standing in line, and even at red lights. I once finished an entire novel sitting in a doctor’s waiting room– but perhaps that says more about the doctor than it does about my reading abilities. haha. I also hold advanced degrees in both English and writing. I know good writing when I read it, and I have also stumbled wearily through books shoved at me from the hands of well meaning friends: “we know you love to read. Read this one and let me know what you think of it.” Gah. Please don’t be that person to your friends– the frightful book foister. Please, I beg of you. Don’t be that person. Don’t make me flee from your presence like unfiled taxes fleeing from the IRS, to avoid said horrible book dumping.

Tiresome celebrity biographies, reminiscent of a painful 9th grade essay, sold merely because a famous name is on it . . . let’s admit it– what can they really “tell all” about, when their lives are already a literal (equally wearying) open book?
Romance novels, with a close up of a muscular hand clutching a lacy red bustier on the front, which after several dreary pages makes me feel like ripping it, literally, in half, and throwing the book away. Cookbooks– there are a few decent ones in this “here read this!” genre, but many of them are thrown together to make a sale, and let’s face it– when is the last time you actually made a recipe from an actual cookbook? Exactly. You throw it in the bag for the beach, thumb through a few pages while smearing on sunscreen, and then toss it in the ‘ole bookshelf when you get home, where it is destined to live for the rest of readless, purgatorial eternity.

A friend recommended “A Walk in the Woods.” Sigh, I thought. Another recommendation. I admire the “woods” from a distance, but I fear insects, snakes, vermin, rodents, and even the casual snap of a twig within their clutches. I do not camp. I do not eat camp food. I prefer to have my meals without a side of food poisoning. So you’d be right in thinking that my reaction was something like, “Ugh another referral. I will have less in common with this book than a Protestant would have with the Pope.” I started it grudgingly, expecting to do the obligatory dragging of my eyes across the page until it was finally, relievingly, replete.

Boy was I in for a surprise.

Within the first few pages I surprised myself by chuckling. Then laughing. Then outright, from the gut, throwing back my head and howling. I stayed up until almost 1 AM that first night, devouring chapter after chapter, even though I had to be up early for work the next day. I just couldn’t put it down. The writing is refreshingly honest– at once thoughtful, hilarious, sarcastic, and downright well done. This is not the scribbling of a celebrity trying to sell books. This is the tale of someone who has truly lived a once in a lifetime kind of all-American experience. His observations about the conditions of the trails, the miraculous preservation efforts made by volunteers on the trail for decades, and even his views on life, are inspirational. His descriptions of the kooky characters, the beautiful, sweeping vistas of untouched wilderness that he discovered as he rounded thousands of wearying bends in the never-ending trails . . . it’s magic. Pure magic. I can almost close my eyes and see it, so vivid are his descriptions of the meadows, the wildflowers, the soft sighing of the trees in the quiet breeze.

I’ve always said that the best kind of writing contains three elements. First, it is relevant/relate-able to all. It takes an incredible author to take a subject about which I have little interest (camping), and make it relevant and interesting to me, yet he does. Second, it should have humor– not the “polite chuckle” kind of humor, but a real, genuine, gut laughing kind of humor, hidden delightfully throughout the text, waiting to surprise you like golden treasure where you would least think to look. Third, it should have moments of piercing, beautiful clarity– moments when you find yourself, for reasons you almost can’t explain, blinking back the tears as some particularly poignant thought resonates through your very being.

Bill Bryson delivers richly on all three counts. This book ended with my feeling deliciously and completely satiated, in every way. I laughed until my sides were sore, I cried at the honest, beautiful tendrils of his story as it wrapped its beautifully written arms around my heart. I shook my head solemnly with a deep, “Mmmm, yes” at the inspirations recorded within the story as he discovered, not just the beauty of the Appalachian Trail, but the beauty of life, warmth, family, and companionship. Perhaps the beauty of America is that a little bit of the magic resides in the heart of all of us. That’s the message here. And it’s a darned inspirational one.

I haven’t done this often, but a few times in my life a book is so wonderful– so stupendous– that I just can’t bear to end it. So the moment I finish, I move my bookmark back to chapter 1. Not ending– just starting again.

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Into the Wild Audiobook

Into the Wild Audiobook
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Written By: Jon Krakauer
Narrated By: Philip Franklin
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Date: August 2007
Duration: 7 hours 0 minutes

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Into the Wild Audiobook Summary

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself…

“Terrifying…Eloquent…A heart-rending drama wandering of human yearning.”–The New York Times

“A narrative of arresting force. Anyone who ever fancied wandering off to face nature on its own harsh terms should give a look. It’s gripping stuff.”–The Washington Post.

Into the Wild Audiobook Reviews

Amazing book. If you have ever had the desire to just pack up leave everything g and go then this is the book for you. I read the book in a day and didn’t want to put it down. Such a great adventure tale of the mans life and you fee for the characterOne person found this helpful

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Wild Audiobook

Wild Audiobook
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Written By: Cheryl Strayed
Narrated By: Bernadette Dunne
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Date: March 2012
Duration: 13 hours 3 minutes

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Wild Audiobook Summary

Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Wild Audiobook Reviews

I actually thought I was going to hate this book. I hated Eat, Pray, Love and this one came up on my list of recommendations after reading that but I gave it a try anyways. I am so glad that I did. This book was nothing like this “you have everything you’ve ever wanted in life but go try to find something else” books that are so popular these days. Cheryl writes in a way that really made me feel her own pain and her own fears and struggles. She captured grief in a way that I found very relatable. This story is one of failure, of mistakes, of mourning and above all of rising above all of those things to continue to carry on throughout life. I really loved it.

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Eat, Pray, Love Audiobook

Eat, Pray, Love Audiobook
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Written By: Elizabeth Gilbert
Narrated By: Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Date: February 2006
Duration: 13 hours 0 minutes

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Eat, Pray, Love Audiobook Summary

A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

Eat, Pray, Love Audiobook Reviews

This is, by far, my all time favorite book. It meant, and still means, so much to me, especially as a woman. I was a single mother for most of my now adult daughter’s life, and I was so desperately sad and lonely after my divorce with my husband/her stepdad (Our wedding, which was obviously well pre-planned, ended up being on the day of Princess Diana’s funeral (9/6/1997) and our divorce was finalized on 9/11/2001 (yep, THE day)…There’s my “sign”… Anyway, several years passed and I still just couldn’t see a future….of anything, happiness, travel, love, ???…(other than going through the motions and working on being the best mother I could be)…I too, was 36 years old at this time. When my daughter was old enough to have a stable relationship with her biological father, I would have every other weekend alone. I used to go to the bookstore “Borders” every Friday night and I would walk aimlessly around the entire store, just looking for any sign, the next sign for the next move, for me… I prayed and prayed constantly, just not knowing what or where I needed to be… with my physical life, my spiritual life, my love life, my motherhood… and then I looked up. On the top shelf of the “newest releases” I saw the cover of “Eat, Pray, Love”… I INSTANTLY felt a “pull” if you will… Now normally, I would wander, grab a few books, & find a chair hidden in some lonely, quiet little alcove in the store, and sort through the items I’d selected to see if anything could help or just give me SOMETHING, ANYTHING for HOPE…but I grabbed this book from the shelf, read the back cover, ran to the checkout line and left the store to go home. Within reading the first chapter, I immediately found it gravitational, humorous, very easy to follow and read…. very spiritual, and somehow, someway, emotionally compatible and conducive to exactly what I was needing at the time. You instantly understand where Elizabeth Gilbert is coming from, what she’s going through, and even her “fantasies”, all with humor, compassion and a desire to continue “the journey with her”. I was hooked. Every chapter, I was laughing, crying, dreaming, planning, petitioning, praying, and laughing again. Every chapter held me captive in all of my senses. You can feel everything she feels, you can taste everything she tastes (even her tears), you can see what she sees, you pray what she prays, her friends (and enemies) become yours, and you get to the end, and you’re a different person. It’s like the book emanates and “energy” right to you and through you, and you are left feeling HOPEFUL, alive, ready, stronger, wiser, more forgiving of others, and most importantly, yourself. You learn that they way you lean into and love God is between the two of you and no one else….that what you can’t necessarily see, hear or touch, doesn’t mean it isn’t FULLY there, fully present with you, in all It’s Glory. I’ve read it 7 times, all on different occasions and throughout different phases in my life…After months of reading it, when the next Christmas Season rolled around, I bought 13 copies and gave them to all of the closest women in my life. I’m now only a few months shy of age 48 (years young) and I’ll read this book again and again…every time I read it I learn something new about the world, others, and myself…all through this amazing woman’s courage to take a chance on simply sharing all of herself for one, amazing, adventurous, incredible year… what a gift. You’ll never look at Italy, India, and Indonesia, with all of it’s bounty, glory, and gods, the same again. I’m forever grateful and HIGHLY recommend this book. Oh! And 1 year ago (after 2 years of dating) I got the courage to say “Yes!” to the man of my dreams.

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