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Rosemarie

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  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (424)

    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    Annette says: "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"
    "Bill Bryson is a hilarious, insightful writer"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bill Bryson Collector's Edition to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed Bill Bryson's books in print and then re-enjoyed them in audio. The audio version feels more personal - like a friend telling of his experiences.


    What other book might you compare Bill Bryson Collector's Edition to and why?

    This book is a compilation of three books - about his tour of England, of europe, and then of his return to the US after 20 years away. He is incomparable!


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Bill Bryson has the ability to take a small detail and increase its importance so that you can see it in all its complexity, and, often, ridiculousness. He sounds like a friend.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    On his return after 20 years to the US, he was able to see his native land as a stranger might see it, and helps us to see ourselves in all our nonsensical, annoying, irritating, infuriating,and sometimes lovable ways. For instance, he turns his spotlight on the cultural change away from smoking due to the fear of second-hand smoke. And yet, we tolerate guns everywhere. How many people die of second hand smoke? And how many gunshots? How sensible are we to ban smoking in public and allow guns?


    Any additional comments?

    Bryson has insights that clarify things, no matter what he is writing about. He seems to know everything!

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  • First Among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (289)

    It's been 14 years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult 16-year-old. However, Thursday's got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed, and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what's going on: there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld.

    Tzungmay says: "As amazing as the previous ones!"
    "Need to read the prequels"
    Overall

    I found the"alternate universe" premises in this book amusing, charming and delightful. However, it is the fifth book in the series, and I could not figure out lots of it. I have since bought and read the previous four books in the Thursday Next series, and am enjoying this one much more. A fine trip into a fantasy world.

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