Great listen! You can start just about anywhere in the recording and enjoy it. Hugely entertaining, and enlightening.
So far every Bryson book we've tried has been both a great read and a great audio experience. These include : A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, In A Sunburned Country, and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. These make great gifts too - especially for anyone who has a tedious commute or is laid up in bed for any period of time - Bryson' s take on the world is always unique and often laugh out loud hilarious.
The fact that Bill Bryson narrated it. No one else could have captured his style, I don't think.
His " At Home," I suppose.
He just makes me laugh. He brings so much humor to his travel experiences that he makes you want to go to even the places he did not like.
If I had the time to, I could sit there all say listening to this audiobook.
I rarely write reviews and have been a memeber since almost the begining of Audible (sadly when I upgraded Audible forgot who I was before becoming a Platinum Listener). This was a thuroughly enjoyable listen and I found myself drawn to Google Maps over and over trying to equate the top down view with Bryson's on the street descriptions of the people and places.
If you need an in office vacation then I reccomend you download this book and spend your lunches listening to this book and mousing around Google Maps.
I've never read anything by Bill Bryson that wasn't good, and this collection of stories of his travels through England is no exception. Love his humor as well as his description of the people and places he has been!
I've read or listened to nearly half of the Bryson's books. No need to mention that I'm a fan of his. This collection is composed of three separate books. The first one is about Britain. I think it's the faintest book of Bryson. Though, it's not bad after all. Maybe it contains too much local information that's too alien to us. It's not about being familiar with Britain. I've never been to Australia for instance, but I loved his book "In a Sunburned Country".
But the others are just brilliant. I bet you'll listen them again and again. The one in Europe makes you feel like you're traveling those places with a best possible travel companion. And the last one will make you understand better what an Ordinary American's life is like.
Whether he's being lovingly critical or unabashedly admiring of English quirks, Byrson is always amusing -- never crass, just constantly chuckling at the English as I chuckle and sigh at the doings of a favorite aunt. Priceless writer, doesn't lose his charm on second or even third listening.
Love Bill Bryson, every sentence is hilarious. These 3 books have been abridged well, in the sense that you don't feel like you've been ripped off any juicy parts. Worth it for 17 hours of entertainment
These essays are so soothing. They take you on a journey around the world, are funny and sweetly read by Bill. It was amazing how much I agree on his perspective of Europe, the same one I had when visiting the same places, so it was like visiting my old photo album. They were happy trips made with a dearly loved one, so the story was specially significant for me, revisiting very important memories. I cried a bit.
Also, I was a foreigner living in the USA for some years and found myself laughing when he pointed out some of the things we foreigners find incredible and weird of the USA and its people. I also found myself smiling at the wonderful behaviours Americans have, which has made me chose Americans for my best friends.
It brought back many important memories.
Quirky sense of humor that makes you chuckle.
It did definitely made me laugh number of times. Of course it is not laugh-riot, but makes you chuckle/smile.