I just love Bill Bryson's books, but not when he reads them himself. His reading-voice distracts my attention from the content. In this book, the multitude of s-sounds, vocal abbreviations and vocal slurs(that leaving you wondering what he just said) are so annoying, that's it's quite a challenge to keep listening to him read the book. Maybe it would be better if he read in his natural American dialect - more like how he reads "A walk in the woods".
Once again, Bill has provided an interesting, humourous, compelling overview of the things we all take for granted. Spoken in his easy-listening mid-western accent, he's a pleasure to listen to again and again and again.
Bill Bryson has written another engrossing 'chat' full of so many trivial, yet fascinating facts, that I was drawn back to it until the finish. Could listen to it again. Bryson is the king of droll.
It was time that someone wrote a history on the subject of private life. The fact it's Bill Bryson turns it into a truly entertaining book. It is captivating, the topics well researched and real tidbits are served. Also I love Bryson reading his own books. The last star is missing because somehow the storyline lacks cohesion. The progression through the house and which subject was discussed in which room seemed at times random. "A Short History of nearly Everything" is still his masterpiece in my eyes. But this still is no mean successor.
Bill Bryson is one of my favourite authors and he does not disappoint with this "short history of private life". It's intellegent, witty and informative and I'd recommend it to just about everyone.
Again, Bill Bryson enriches our minds whilst keeping us thoroughly entertained. Using his home as an outline, he tells wonderful stories about how we've come to live the way we do today.
I have been quite disappointed with some books read by their authors (they are two separate talents after all), but Bill is wonderful. Of course he KNOWS the material, and his voice, style and manner make for perfect listening.
I really enjoyed the content of this book. Bill Bryson has such an appealing style, amusing while still being informative. I was a bit disappointed with the adenoidal sound to his voice though. Hopefully that won't be a problem for the majority of his listeners but I kept wanting him to blow his nose! I did hesitate to comment on that but if you listen to the sample and think I'm wrong then I wholeheartedly recommend a great fun listen.
Viewers of 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'.
I didn't get there.
Someone else could have read it. His voice is annoying.
Yes, fascinating subject matter, and interesting stories of peoples' lives and achievements.