I like Bill Bryson, but most of this material is too out of date. I gave up listening about half way through.
It would be helpful if Audible included the original date of publication in their descriptions.
This book takes place in Orange County, CA and since I used to live in Irvine, I enjoyed all of the author's detailed references about the places and people.
I liked the book in spite of a few implausible scenes, but found the end to be disappointing. It was like the author ran out of ideas.
He portrays the protagonists as sharp and capable all the way through the book, but then has them knowingly give up at the end, in spite of being in a position of possibly succeeding.
I normally listen to books only when I'm dog walking or occasionally while driving, so discussions about religion/philosophy usually cause me to give up and shut off my iPod.
This reader, plus a great story, kept my attention from beginning to end.
I purchased this book based on my previous listens of
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