I might listen to a few segments, especially if I were to consider a visit there.
This is a very entertaining (and easy) read. You learn about how deadly so many animals can be in Australia and what a unique place it is. Reading this book really moves you to Google Map Austraila's great Outback. You realize how right Bill is--there is just nothing there for tens of thousands of square miles.
Bill Bryson is a very gifted reader of his own matial giving every humorous observation exactly the right tone and cadance to make you laugh out loud (very disconcerting to other passangers on the Shanghai subway where I commute).
I like Bill's books a lot as they are among the few that can make me laugh out loud. He is a very entertaining writer even on topics you that you expect to be pretty serious.
I totally recommended it to anyone. It kept four of us entertained on a road trip from michigan to new york. It was the perfect amount of informative and funny.
This is my forth Bill Bryson book and it is as good as any of the others I have read. So if you like his books, you are sure to like this one.
If you have never read one of his books, this is as good a place to start as any.
Why read his books? He has a way of making just about anything, interesting. In the case of this book, he has the whole of Australia to entertain us. Easy pickings if you ask me.
If I have any complaint, it is only that the book could have been longer. There is so much more that he could had told us about. Dam his schedule, apparently he couldn't spend as much time in Australia as I would have liked. Ha Ha.
The author narrates his book and does a very good job. His books always have a good dose of humor and this more than the usual. Because he is the author and the narrater, the humor shines. I have rated this book a solid 4 stars but if there were a category for humor it would get 5 stars.
Live and die with no regrets
I love Bryson's writing style, a milder "gonzo" style of travel writer with Englishman's humor. I missed an opportunity to travel to Australia in my early 20's to work as a tourist guide in the bush when I was a very active outdoorsman, backpacker and survival instructor. Now I sorely regret not taking the plunge. Listening to Bryson describe the history and quirkiness of the country was a delight. Now I must see this country before I die.
I highly recommend the book, just wished it was twice as long.
Englishman's humor wrapped in gonzo style
No idea! I have never read the print version but the fact that you have Bill Bryson himself reading this version makes it very special
Anything else that has Bill Bryson's name on it. You know what you are going to get with Bryson (interesting facts linked by very funny stories) but the books always deliver.
I have listened to One Summer in America: 1927 and in some ways this was even better since he was talking about his own personal experiences and hence you were transported there with him.
No, that's ridiculous, who listens to a book twice? It's like 12 hours. I have limited time in life, so no.
Bill Bryson and the way he sees the world. He can just keep talking, it's like traveling with Rick Steves of PBS, he's just so inoffensive and funny.
That's sort of a weird question for this book. You obviously didn't read it if you're asking me what "scene " I liked.
Absolutely. If bill Bryson had a radio station I would pay to subscribe
I have yet to listen to any Bryson book that is read by the author which did not leave wanting more. He has one of those minds that experiences life like it was a brand new box of toys. He never fails to leave me conjuring up ways to go to the places he has just described. And his cynical genes assures me that we are somehow related.
Bill Bryson has a wonderful voice to listen to and he brings a story to life through is storytelling. His adventures in Australia had me laughing out loud while learning a lot about the land and the people.
If you like books on audio, you cannot go wrong with Bill Bryson.
I always appreciate when an author will narrate his/her own work, and Bill Bryson's narrations are especially good. I'm a big fan of his books, but this is my absolute favorite of the books he narrates. I was quite literally crying I was laughing so hard at many points in this book. I don't usually re-listen too books, but I know I will have to listen to this one again.
Having enjoyed Bryson's previous writings, I was disappointed by his sleepy performance as a reader. Though amusing, his snobbish tendencies are accentuated by his tone.