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Lewis

Archdale, NC, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (535)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "No worries, mate."
    Overall

    A humorously personal journey of discovery through a fascinatingly unique island/continent/country. If you don't find yourself alternately laughing out loud and gasping in wonder, you aren't paying attention.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "Come back soon, A. J."
    Overall

    Although there are lots of obscure and interesting snippets from the encyclopaedia, this book is really an engaging autobiography. Jacobs' style is conversational and liberally sprinkled with humor. If he had read the book himself, he could not have done it better than Geoffrey Cantor did ... which is probably why Cantor did it.
    The sessions I spent listening to The Know-It-All came to seem like personal conversations with a close friend. Now that I've reached the end, I'm going to miss you, A. J. Come back soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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