this is the third book i've listened to by this author. "a walk in the woods" is similar in it's composition: bryson experiences take him completely outside his comfort level, an even more uncomfortable acquaintance tags along and we learn a lot more than we expected. i have to think a reading by the author would be a don't miss experience; partly because it wouldn't be eight hours long.
This was my first Bill Bryson book. I am so glad I took a chance on him. I loved his humor and the way he infused the history of the country into this story about his trip. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to listen to Bryson's voice; I thought it would kill the story. But it was exactly the opposite. I don't think anyone else could convey Bryson's humor. I couldn't give it five stars because there were times where the history got too involved and I lost interest with it, but that was so minimal. If I could, I would give it 4.75 stars. It was a great listen. I'm going to download another one.
I enjoy Bill Bryson's sense of humour. This book is informative and thoroughly entertaining. Recommended listening for anyone planning a trip to Australia or just curious about Australia and Aussies.
This is the first Audible product I purchased 2 1/2 years ago, and it's still the most enjoyable.
I have listened to the complete work three times now. Whenever I'm bored or dissatisfied with the selection I have made for the month, I pull excerpts of this book off the shelf and listen to it instead. What more can you say?
I have since collected all of Bryson's works offered by Audible and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. But this one is still the king.
This book is the perfect example of what can happen when you combine an endlessly fascinating subject with humorous, intelligent writing and narration.
This is the best example of what Audible has to offer.
I have to say that I was unimpressed at first. I had actually read A Walk in the Woods and loved it. I think actually hearing his voice put me off. The more I listened though, I was completely entralled. I have never been interested in Australia until this. I found myself asking my wife if she knew that there were 12 foot long earthworms? That place sounds desolate, hot, and a wonderful alternate version of what America might have been. I can't wait to go.....that's all I'm saying.
This is a wonderful trip around the fascinating country of Australia. The author presents a great mix of things he observed and experienced during his travels in the land down under as well as presenting interesting history and background information. This is a very well written, entertaining and informative book and the narrator is clear and concise and does a fine job with a tinge of humor throughout. As you start to listen you will quickly learn how little we in the USA actually know about the country and island continent of Australia.
This funny and informative travel account lets you see Australia from his humorious eyes. Great listen!
I could not stop listening. I fell asleep three nights with Bryson talking in my iPod and had to back it up. The book is fascinating, but Bryson's narration is double the treat. His dry humor and clever writing pair up for great entertainment. Bill: please tour everywhere!
After I finished this book, I wished I'd started reading Bryson's work earlier. Funny, witty, entertaining and informative. What more could you ask for?
You certainly get a different appreciation for Austrailia after you listen to this audiobook; Bill Bryson's narratives are filled with historical details and humorous episodes that would help you get an idea of what Austrailia is like outside of the popular images of the Sydney Harbor that most people associate with the country. However, although the author is full of empathy and affection for the country he's writing about, the narrative feels a bit less personal. His emotions are often not as deeply felt as his other works (for example, "Walk in the Woods") and feels somewhat detached and impersonal. Although Bill Bryson's trademark is his unique sense of humor and witty obervations and this work is on par with most of his other books, for me, the lack of STRONG personal sentiments made this a bit dry. It's certainly a good listening and worth your time, as are most of other works by Bill Bryson.