I have had a love for Australia since I was a child. I've read the paper version of this book many times and can say that the audio version is just as enjoyable. Bryson does a great job of giving the reader just enough historical facts sprinkled in with colorful tales of personal experiences to keep you engaged and entertained. I never thought I could love Australia more until I read this book!
The performance grew on me. At first so unassuming that it made me wonder for two hours if the actual story was yet underway, the charm of the travelogue became comfortable. It's a pleasure to know that the author is the reader. Besides his dry wit and skill with storytelling, he is not a bad travel partner. Clean humor, no messy romance, just genuine exploration of Australia.
I am a big fan of Mr. Bryson's work, and it is my opinion that this is one of his best. I can't say what an Australian listener might think of it, but never having been to the country myself, I was fascinated.