I love Bill Bryson. I don't think he has published much I haven't read. This is high on my list of Bryson favorites. Perhaps third behind "A Walk in the Woods" and "The Thunderbolt Kid"
Not a book, but this one reminded me of the wonderful documentaries the History Channel used to do with Edward Herman Narration. If you don't love history, travel, and lots of lists, Bryson might not be your guy. If, however, you loved "around the world in 80 days" on PBS with Michaels Palin, you will love this.
I love his combo british - mid American sensibility and the way he seems to always be chuckling at himself under his breath.
The genre not at all. This guy, yes.
Frustration. This is just a thesis and not well thought out. I couldn't finish it.
Frighteningly ignorant people.
A study in how to manipulate idiots.
It is a little long and drawn out, but overall is worth it.
Yes, a female friend, as it is a bit of a chick story, but i would recommend wholeheartedly. Darling and engaging, I was really pulling for the characters.
The narrator, because she her love for these folks was infectious.
Cute British giggles.
Each was great in there own way.
As an American, It takes a little while to learn the British-isms, but it is well worth it.
The subject matter was well researched and relatively engaging. However, I feel the story could have benefitted from some editing for pace. The book was a bit long overall and I caught myself checking several times how many chapters were left.
I make my living from the human relationship with dogs. As part of that living, I ensure each canine companion in my care has a current rabies vaccination. Little did I appreciate the rich history of the disease and just how essential that vaccination was to allow our relationship with these critters to develop.
Very high in interesting subject matter. Knowing this story is an essential basis to understand the challenges we have overcome to allow the expansion of the human race on earth and what might be required to support its continued growth. Yet, with so much discussion of organic farming, gmos, etc, few people seem to understand this important part of our agricultural history. The core story is expertly intermingled with world history to teach a profound lesson about how just a handful of men can change the course of life as we know it.
I saw no overarching point to the essay. It seemed to just be an opportunity to try to impress people with needlessly flowery language and spew insults to m political opposition.
The first 75% was hilarious. The last 25 was political and awful.
I was so turned off by the end, I think no.
Timing and delivery
Mostly great but fell off a cliff at the end.
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