Unless you really like Australia, start with one of his other books. A few great parts, but some lulls.
This book lacks the rebellious innocence and honesty of Kitchen Confidential and seems apologetic and heavily defensive at times. An over-the-top love fest in parts that would have had the old Tony puking on his cowboy boots. Still, Bourdain is a good storyteller and his dry, caustic sense of humor makes it worth a listen, even as he's become part of the pop-food scene he used to rail against.
This book is fantastic on so many levels - great stories, humor, self-discovery, love of the outdoors, American history - and Bryson at his best narrating. I have listened to it multiple times. The only problem is that it's too short.
Recommended by a friend. Starts slow, but turns into a great story. Stick with it and you'll be happy you did. A book you'll want to talk to people about.
Only made it through because I suffer from chronic pain, but I deeply appreciated the work that went into it. There are a few insights that have helped me. Never connected with the author/narrator.
Wasn't prepared for the character voices and music, but wound up enjoying it. Tend to prefer something faster moving, but wound up enjoying this. If I could, I'd give it 3.5 stars.
Dated. Narrator drones. Tried three times.If you're circling back to books you should have read in high school, skip this one.
You don't need to be a Stones fan or a pop culture lover to like this book. Richard's insights are fascinating and very well thought out -- you'll think of him completely differently after this candid recounting of his life. Highly recommended; enjoyed all three voices.
Takes a while to get used to the narrator, and I was looking for a Carlin monologue. A good story and listen, but know what you're getting.
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