Funny, Magnificient, Unforgettable
His wonderful tones of voice, the nuances, the pauses, the "understatements"; his warmth, his ability to laugh at himself, to share himself...I can't imagine "hearing this story" in my own voice, in my own head. This is his story and his gift to us. I read his "Walk in the Woods"...also hilariously entertaining...but lacking his beautiful ability to convey his experience completely via his voice....Perhaps I will check to see if it is on Audio as well!
I am moved by its entirety. The way Bill Bryson sees the world, his place in it; the way he Sees others and our planet moves me deeply. Thank You, Mr. Bryson! Please keep writing, living, seeing, sharing!
I first listened to this recording 10 years ago and have never forgotten it. I purchased it two other times but was too "computer illiterate" to figure out how to play it. I've just purchased the disc set for my sister. I can hear her laughter now. I KNOW she is going to love it.
More than likely I would never have even considered a book on Australia, but because it was Bill Bryson, I was pretty confident I would love it. I was right! I listened to this book during my long and exceedingly boring commute to and from work each day, and it was enough to make me look forward to the drive. I laughed, I learned, I pondered, I marveled, I wondered if I would have nightmares about crocodiles and jellyfish, and I longed to hop on the first plane to Sydney. Bryson rekindled my childlike wonder at this amazing world, and his sharp and sly sense of humor made me laugh out loud. When it was all over, I seriously considered starting at the beginning again, because I just couldn't bear to have it end.
The book gave a personal perspective to the country while adding in its history to give more further context.
BIll, nice job. I found the format different and interesting. While not a captivating nor an edge-of-your-seat read, I very much enjoyed your perspective and detailed account of this not so noticed, yet worthy land. Your interpretation of cricket had me rolling in laughter!
This story is an amazingly insightful trip through a country that few are familiar with and fewer know about in depth. Bryson reviews the rich, varied and spectacular history of Australia, from its inexplicable roots to the modern day with his trademark wit, humor and attention to the small details that allow the book to paint a vivid and relatable picture of the land, people and history.
The story is read by the author and his inflection, emphasis and experience in his travels come through in the reading, making it that much more enjoyable. Whether you plan to travel to, dream of traveling to, or never intend to set foot in Australia, this book gives you a glimpse into a vast and exciting land.
This was a wonderfully engaging book. I really enjoyed seeing it through his eyes. Funny and entertaining too. If felt like I was right there with him often times. Although there were a few times I was glad I wasn't based on his experience.
The author starts off by pointing out that you don't know anything about Australia. Nobody does.
And then he proceeds to fix that. Australia-- pretty much ignored by the rest of the world-- comes alive in vivid detail as he touches on the history, scenery, and people of Oz with his trademark wit.
Read by the author and unabridged-- which is how a Bryson audibook should be.
Having travelled to Australia, I found this book to be very true and interesting. Bryson uses the right mix of history, stories, and humor to keep the listeners attention. Australia has a lot of each to pick from.
I read the Bryson's backpacking trip in tha appalachia's and it was great and I couldnt put it down. Thinking Bryson was very entertaining I rented this book, it was dreadful and I couldnt even finish listening. It was not even close to being witty or interesting. Very monotone ....