Someone mentioned the "Canadian" accent and that is exactly what is wrong here. No idea if the narrator actually is Canadian but she sure is trying hard to sound like she is. "About" comes out "Aboot" and the emphasis on the pronunciation is *obvious. I'll add the corollary too that I AM Canadian and I don't say "aboot".
I loved this book. I read it in paperback originally and it was the first of his books that I read, but enjoyed listening to the audio book as it was narrated by the author (I am in fact disappointed that his other books available from audible are not all narrated by him), I am really only writing this review to rebut something negative said in one of the other reviews.
The other reviewer talks about him "bragging about his lack of knowledge" but either failed to continue listening to/reading what came after that, or is purposefully being disingenuous. Mr. Bryson talks about how he doesn't speak any language besides English, but goes on to say that what he likes about being unilingual in foreign countries is that it makes him feel how young children must feel; having no real idea what is going on around them but happy to be there nonetheless.
I feel that that distinction is important as it changes the tone of his comment altogether from 'bragging about his ignorance' to a comment on innocence. I wouldn't want anyone to give this book a miss because of a review written by someone with either poor reading comprehension or an axe to grind. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinions, but those opinions should be based on facts (or the entirety of what the author said) not just snippets taken out of context.
this book is fine if you want to be able to order food in public, but if you are actually looking for grammer, pronunciation pointers and verb work, don't buy this book
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