Yes. I read all of Bill Bryson's books.
Bill has always done a great job narrating his books. This book suffered for not having him do it. His voice adds so much to the experience. There is a tone to his work that is just difficult for anyone else to pull off. While William Roberts made a good attempt, without Bill giving his unique interpretation of his text, this book came off sounding like a long rant. He complained about just about everything he saw and everyone he met. The narrator did not come off as a likable character. Instead, he just sounded arrogant and snarky. That's too bad, because I can just imagine Bill putting just the right subtle spin on the text to keep it from sounding that way. I hope he will narrate his other books in the future. He is great at it.
I loved the characters. They were not typical. I was a little disappointed when it switched from sci fi to fantasy, but that's just me.
The underground exploration.
Great voices and great timing.
I did a little research on things mentioned in the book to see if anything matched up with the real world.
I don't know if anyone else has commented on this, but I think the demons are actually a reference to the flying spaghetti monster.
I have listened to all of his books, and this one is quite different. The narration is a little heavy in the beginning, and I'm sure that will put a lot of people off. As the story of a boy trying to make sense of a crazy life and an unfortunate set of parents, it is extremely powerful. By the end, I was crying and the hair was standing up on my arms. I can tell you that I gave my own son an extra big hug that night! I'm very glad I stuck with it.
This was fantastic. It was the kind of book that will keep you in your car or looking for excuses to put on your headphones. I can't ask for more than that. The narrator did a fantastic job as well. I would have liked a more complete conclusion, but that didn't take away from the book at all.
This is possibly the best audiobook I have ever listened to (and I have listened to at least 200 of them). I couldn't put it down, and the only thing I didn't like was the fact that it was abridged. It ended too soon! Don't worry about the political bias that might be there. It wasn't too overpowering.
This book has a very unique style that I found very entertaining. I have to give credit tot he narrator, who did a fantastic job bringing all the characters and voices to life. This is definitely a case where the narrator added a great deal to the experience of the book.
I have to add my 2 cents to these reviews. This was the worst thing I have listened to in 8 years with Audible. The narrator was a joke and the stories were lousy. I don't know where those good reviews came from, but I suspect they had underhanded motives as well.
I have never had an audio book make me laugh so much. I only wish there were more to listen too.
What a load of garbage. There wasn't a single useful piece of information here. It was full of pie in the sky tid bits. I felt like I was listening to a time share sales pitch!
This author writes wonderful books, but I think it will be hard for most people to get past this narrator. He sounds like he is doing a 1940's newsreel. It is too bad, because the book is very accessable in its text. How and why did they choose this guy to read it? I can't believe he gets paid for this.
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