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j.merritt

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  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens - as he later put it, "It was clear my people needed me." They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

    Lynn says: "How strange! Not as recently written as described."
    "Bill Bryson disappoints"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm a Bill Bryson fan and have read or listened to many of his book. I've enjoyed them all except for this one. It's a collection of columns he wrote for a British newspaper, a former employer, after his return to the U.S. Time and again he plays his topics for easy laughs, and there are times when his tales stretch credulity — e.g., his visit to a barbershop and the debate that ensues among the barbers over which type of celebrity cut would most best flatter him. He is coasting like a standup comic on a slow night.


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  • Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Jasanoff
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Maya Jasanoff won the National Book Critics Circle Award for her groundbreaking work Liberty's Exiles. After the American Revolution, 60,000 British loyalists fled the U.S. for Canada, the Caribbean, India, and other points abroad. Jasanoff traces their harrowing journeys across the globe, shedding light on their ambitions, the post-revolutionary world they encountered, and their legacies.

    j.merritt says: "America's First Civil War"
    "America's First Civil War"
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    What did you love best about Liberty's Exiles?

    Maya Jasanoff's narrative on what might be thought of as America's first civil war — the Revolution — is an engaging and comprehensive account of Americans who remained loyal to Britain and their postwar efforts to reclaim their lives in Canada, the Caribbean, India, Africa, and other parts of the British Empire. The narrator, L.J. Ganzer, does an able job, but because the author is female I think the narrator should have been female too.


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