I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
This is fantastic. I love his tone and mix of trivia as well as fact within history. I'm a true (new) Bill Bryson addict. I especially like his own narration. It feels like you're traveling alongside learning as you go (only you get to shower at home). Totally recommend it to anglophiles, trivia and history buffs of all flavors - as well as general listeners of all kinds. I also liked "At Home" which delves into more history and information based on his English vicarage house. Do it, you'll like it.
I've heard of these 3 for years and was happy to finally get to them - but unfortunately I was disappointed. If you're unfamiliar with Bryson's work, and want to read 3 good ones, start with "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (his best researched), then read "A Walk In the Woods" (his best travelogue), then "At Home" (his most interesting and insightful). The 3 in the "Collector's Edition" may have served him well in honing his writing style, but I think the modern reader can easily pass them by (unless you just want to read everything he's ever written, which I suppose is why I read them).
I listened while on a road trip across middle America and Yellowstone in July. Bill is interesting and has a fine way e with words. Only rated a 3 because he stayed too sound 'grouchy' after a while. Nothing is good enough. The last section was awful, to many numbers and figures and lists of him just complaining about America.
Bill Bryson' s books are a treat. Even though I've listened to these stories before, I laughed again at the wonderful tales. And, Bill Bryson is a great narrator.
Yes. I would certainly do so before visiting one of the locations.
"Let's Go! Get another travel guide"
I always enjoy it when Bill Bryson narrates his owe work. I think this is because he writes with an American voice, but his actual voice is somewhere between a British and an American accent. Consequently, the interpretation completely changes when someone else reads it.
Audible should not sell Bill Bryson books without his narration.
Self narration from Bryson himself is like the whip cream on top of his humorous, witty memories. You'll also find many neat facts stuffed in as well.
Only complaint is the utterly confusing chapter / section way they divide the audiobook. Makes no sense and you'll spend a looooong time trying to navigate
these three go together wonderfully. the everyday observations and extensive sarcasm and wit make me long for travel and bumbling experiences.
I enjoy mostly classics, sci-fi, and sci-fi classics
I suggest reading this in fits and spurts. there's a certain formula to Bryson's humor, and it wears out after a while. That said, the narration is excellent. He delivers his bits perfectly.
Laughing, Descriptive, Smart
His slight accent and his dry wit are wonderful! I've seen him interviewed before and it was truly a treat to listen to his humor with his timing as he read the book. Excellent!
If you like smart, witty, hilarious, and especially dry, see this movie ... but bring water.
I have never before had the desire to travel to Europe, and definitely not England. I always had the prejudice that the people in England were, generally, up their own asses and way too proper for my taste. If Bill is not lying as he describes them in this book, I want to go so badly now and I look forward to planning a trip where I have time to just go to pubs and talk to people about trains. Stunning.