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  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    Lou says: "Bill's sophmoric, condescending journey"
    "Snide, mean-spirited, and humorless."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not having listened to it in the first place. I have deeply enjoyed several other Bryson books, but this one was a horrible surprise.


    What was most disappointing about Bill Bryson’s story?

    His persistent and humorless attacks on everything American and Americans themselves were a surprising and unwelcome discovery in listening to this book. Even his almost non-existent acknowledments of American virtures were negated by constant caricatures of obese, ignorant, and bigoted Americans. Americans can and all too many times do exhibit such negative traits. Bryson seems to paint every American that he encounters with this brush.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Even assumming that there was any irony in Bryson's observations, the narrator for this book seems to be incapable of conveying it, in no small part because of the smouldering vitriol in Bryson's prose.


    What character would you cut from The Lost Continent?

    Bill Bryson


    Any additional comments?

    Bill Bryson left America to reside in the U.K. years ago. He returned to this country (for reasons that I cannot fathom from listening to this book) with a palpable disdain for America. I have listened to at least a half dozen of his other books. He has written often and well on so many non-American topics and locales, but his antipathy towards his native land was a palpable obstruction to any enjoyment of this book.

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