This book is delightful. I just wish I'd read it, rather than listened to it. Lots of reviewers seem to like hearing Bryson's voice. I have to disagree. He has a sinus infection/allergy/something going on that makes me want to say "Please, blow your nose!" Plus, he's lost his Iowa accent and now sounds like Madonna. Very, very distracting -- and not very believable as the Thunderbolt Kid.
This may be one of the few audiobooks that would be better in the abridged form or just left as a book. I would have liked to skip through some of the sermons. Unfortunately, Kingsolver's sing-songy reading style also annoyed me. I listen in my car, and had to turn the volume on high so I could hear the end of each sentence -- when she apparently runs out of breath and drops out. HOWEVER, her story is fascinating and I learned a lot. I'd just recommend listening to a snippet first to see if you can handle her kindergarten-teacher reading style.
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