There is supposed to be a flow, but I found it hard to follow. Lots of interesting information though.
One of the best histories I've read. Very personalized and with interesting insight into both the UK and the USA.
Adventure and suspense please!
Bill Bryson just has this wonderful way of educating us in the most entertaining manner. This is more text book than "A Walk in the Woods" but also far more educational and surprising. Its my second favorite of his works.
In every book, there is a little vacation'
Yes. Bryson's writing is erudite, humor is razor sharp and he easily blends information with history offering the details of life we all think about though sometimes only in private.
I was fascinated to learn about the invention, development and valuation of 'glass'....something I have never considered an interesting subject..until now.
It is too long a book to parse out one scene!
No, no, no....a slow walk through this book is how I listened.
If you love Bill Bryson, or if you love British history of all sorts, then maybe you'll like this book. In At Home, Bryson begins each chapter with one fact about a room in his house and then goes off on an hour long tangent about whatever suits him which turns out to be mostly British architecture, ways to die, and the dramatics of aristocrats. While the latter 2 of the 3 tend to be pretty interesting, I found the book to be far too long and far too off topic. I think he started writing it and found that the premise of writing a book about boring household items and rooms turned out to be just as boring as one might expect it to be. I was not astonished despite how much I had hoped to be.
Furthermore, while this is my first attempt at a Bill Bryson audiobook (though not my first Bill Bryson book), I did not find his narration to be engaging or enlivening to the text at all. Pretty disappointed overall, though I did force myself to finish it despite finding only about 1/3 of the book interesting, the rest of the time simply zoning out until something good eventually came up.
Historical background and details were abundant.
Just because someone wrote a fine piece of work DOESN'T make them a good choice for narrating that work. Bryson should have hired it out. His breathy delivery didn't do his book any favors and became downright annoying after about three hours (it's a nineteen hour story)
The information in the book was interesting and sometimes it was funny as well.