.... how many people have decided to take a trip to Australia, based on this book alone? It certainly made me want to go!
Bryson is doing what he does best - dry, usually understated humor, delivered in a style that can't be imitated.
Hearing these stories from Bryson himself adds a whole new layer to the subtle humor. While his reading is not as slick as a professional actor, it is intensely personal and thus all the more appropriate. His message is that Australia is an amazing and complex country that encompasses a whole continent, yet quite wrongly it is ignored by the rest of the world. Bill Bryson's deep affection for Oz comes across strongly from beginning to end. It is impossible not to want to follow in his footsteps. The book is long but I never tired of it and look forward to listening to this audiorecording all over again.
Bryson's quirky travel narratives are part-travelogue and part-storytelling with sprinklings of trivia thrown in for good measure. I love the way he jumps around yet manages to stay on topic and interesting. I prefer to travel alone, but, if I had to pick a travel companion, there's no question it would be Bryson or one of his books!
This is my 3rd Bill Bryson book and I'm dreading the day I run out of titles. Bryson is an engaging travel companion, with lots of interesting background about the places he's visiting, not to mention an always lively commentary on the places he's passing through. Having an author with a good voice reading his own work is a plus, and Bryson's voice is easy to listen to, conversational, often quite understated and wry.
You'll be glad this version is unabridged and feel as if you, too, were leaving Australia and a good friend behind when it ends.
I bought it recently on the recommendation of someone in the monthly newsletter. I have been recently interested in Australia and this was a fun way of traveling through it. This Bryson guy is a real kick and it was fun, light commute "read"!
I am about to read "A Walk in the Woods" by Bryson.
Lots of people seem to love this book, but the feeling I am left with is that I just spent 11 hours watching Bryson sitting alone in a bar hoping someone will talk to him. And in this time, his verbal affectations have begun to irritate me. I never want to hear him say the word "shop" ever again. It sounds something like schoupt, but I don't think we have letters adequate to describe it. All that said, the story about the construction workers and the little girl is worth the price of the book.
"Sunburned" was my fourth Bryson audio book and my least favorite. Though (at times) he made me laugh out loud, I couldn't quite square what it was exactly that he liked about the country as he repeated that acknowledgement throughout the book. I certainly got a feeling for the myriad things not to like about Australia.
Too many descriptions of drinking in restaurants and bars, really the theme of the book, and those were pretty dull. I was left with the feeling that Bryson could have written a much better book.
Interesting stories from an author that I quite like. This book is read by the author, however, at a pace twice what it should be and hence is very hard to keep up with.
I like his work but would not purchase another audible book read by him for reasons listed above.
Just about anyone else who can read in a calm manner and at a reasonable pace.
I adore Bill Bryson's books, and this one is the usual blend of fascinating facts and fun anecdotes, so it's ironic that I would object to the author's narration. His voice is just low enough that every other phrase seemed to be a throwaway comment and it was a physical effort just to hear what was going on. In this case I would have preferred reading the book to myself.
Unless you really like Australia, start with one of his other books. A few great parts, but some lulls.