No. I read this book years ago, and thought I liked it. Ive read most of Bill Bryson's books, and consider myself a fan. Listening to Lost Continent, I realized it is much more mean spirited then I remembered. I was very surprised, and a little disappointed.
Mr. Bryson does find some interesting things along the way on his road trip, but has very little charity for when his expectations are not met. I guess the tittle "Lost Continent" should have clued me in that his opinion of the trip was mostly negative.
Mr. Bryson revels in mocking several of the places he visits. He does this in many of his travel logs, but seldom so often or with such enthusiasm.
I read this book once before, and remembered it being more light hearted and fun. Hearing it in the author's own voice somehow makes it seem more serious and his attacks more vicious.
I havent read the print version.
It deserves a place in on anyone's WW2 bookshelf.
The book is better.
The story is engrossing, and the author cuts the tension with the character's offbeat humor.
The narrator is excellent. His tone perfectly reflects the attitide of the main character.
There is, but no spoilers.
SOOO much better then the movie.
M. R. James is regarded by many as the Master of the British Ghost Story. He has a way of setting the scene so that you think the places are real places and the people are real people, so the tension also feels real.
My favorite stories are probably "Canon Alberic's Scrap Book" and "Lost Hearts"
The story of the hunters in "Count Magnus"
I have listened to this book several times, the stories lend themselves to listening a few at a time, but I have also listened to it all at once.
I have over 100 audio books, I would say this is one of the 10 best, maybe even top 5.
"Like I need another reason to invade Branson, Missouri"
Mr. Kafer hits on just the right inflection to put the reader in the mindset of Calvin Stringel- sarcastic, weary, and a bit downtrodden, but funny and whip smart as well.
I highly recommend it.
Perfect Halloween reading
Bob Curran knows his audience, and delivers his scholarship on the different vampire legends with a wink... and a shiver.
My favorite section was probably the one on the Irish vampire-like creatures. I did not know anything about them previously.
So many vampires...
He was very animate and informative.
WW I, "The Great War" is passing out of living memory, and it is important that it should be studied and it's lessons preserved.
I have 5 audio books from Bill Bryson. He is one of my favorite authors.
The strong suite of this book is not really characters, though there are some great characters. The strong suite here is all the anecdotes illustrating Mr. Bryson's historical overview.
He did fine.
Maybe a TV show, each chapter could be an episode. Ideally, Mr. Bryson should host.
While I wouldn't say thus is an enjoyable read, it is very informative.
The topic of the book was a bit heavy to listen to all on one sitting.
This book talks about the Holocaust and some other examples of pseudo history, but it is 90% about the Holocaust, and barely touches on the rest.
The story was very interesting.
You really became interested in the main character and the fuzzy aliens.
Wil Wheaton is a good narrator.
I listened to it all day at work.
Mr. Scalzi is improving as a writer.
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