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Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself | [Bill Bryson]

Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.
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Notes from a Small Island
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.

Neither Here nor There
Thirty years after backpacking across Europe, Bryson decides to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth, carrying with him a bag of maps, old clothes, and a stinging wit honed to razor sharpness by two decades of adult experience.

I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Bryson reads "somewhere" that nearly three million Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens; clearly the Americans need him back. So after years of raising his family in Britain with his English wife, the brood moves to the States, allowing Bill to chronicle the quirkiest aspects of life in America as he reveals his own rules for life.

Notes from a Small Island
©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)1998 Random House, Inc.
Neither Here nor There
©1999 Bill Bryson; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself
©1999 Bill Bryson; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

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    Slawomir Chlabicz 11-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible narration"
    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or Bill Bryson?

    Maybe but I would make sure it is not narrated by Bill Bryson


    Would you recommend Bill Bryson Collector's Edition to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not as an audiobook


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find someone else to read it, It was the worst recording of all audible books I have listened to. I was not able to finish. So boring and monotonous. Also difficult to understand and follow.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissappointment


    Any additional comments?

    These negative comments are not about Bill Bryson as an Author. I just could not believe that such poor recording could be sold by Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sir Vases Miami, FL 03-21-14
    Sir Vases Miami, FL 03-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Bill Bryson has written some amazing stuff (Summer of 1927) but this isn't it, particularly I Am a Stranger Here Myself. These are mundane tiresome essays following the same boring formula: there is some routine task, such as filling in a tax form, that has bewildering jargon that Bill can't understand, leading to some absurd result. Har Har Har.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am still a fan of Bill Bryson, but this is one that could have used some quality control.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Bill has a kind of John Malkovich tone, with a slight British accent. It's an OK performance and nice that the author bothered to perform it himself (probably to save money).


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Not everything an artist writes is brilliant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemarie CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 02-28-14
    Rosemarie CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Bill Bryson is a hilarious, insightful writer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bill Bryson Collector's Edition to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed Bill Bryson's books in print and then re-enjoyed them in audio. The audio version feels more personal - like a friend telling of his experiences.


    What other book might you compare Bill Bryson Collector's Edition to and why?

    This book is a compilation of three books - about his tour of England, of europe, and then of his return to the US after 20 years away. He is incomparable!


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Bill Bryson has the ability to take a small detail and increase its importance so that you can see it in all its complexity, and, often, ridiculousness. He sounds like a friend.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    On his return after 20 years to the US, he was able to see his native land as a stranger might see it, and helps us to see ourselves in all our nonsensical, annoying, irritating, infuriating,and sometimes lovable ways. For instance, he turns his spotlight on the cultural change away from smoking due to the fear of second-hand smoke. And yet, we tolerate guns everywhere. How many people die of second hand smoke? And how many gunshots? How sensible are we to ban smoking in public and allow guns?


    Any additional comments?

    Bryson has insights that clarify things, no matter what he is writing about. He seems to know everything!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Miner Rochester, Michigan 12-21-13
    J. Miner Rochester, Michigan 12-21-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Fairly Entertaining and Amusing"
    Any additional comments?

    The author's lament for the fall of the Soviet Empire which he thinks was founded on such a noble idea in contrast to America which was founded on self interest and greed is a bit much. The man is a blithering idiot, though amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford Bedford, NH, United States 03-08-12
    Clifford Bedford, NH, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Bryson's Best Stuff"

    I've heard of these 3 for years and was happy to finally get to them - but unfortunately I was disappointed. If you're unfamiliar with Bryson's work, and want to read 3 good ones, start with "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (his best researched), then read "A Walk In the Woods" (his best travelogue), then "At Home" (his most interesting and insightful). The 3 in the "Collector's Edition" may have served him well in honing his writing style, but I think the modern reader can easily pass them by (unless you just want to read everything he's ever written, which I suppose is why I read them).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 10-22-09
    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 10-22-09
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    "Typical Bill Bryson"

    Definitely worth reading, especially since you get three books with one price. These are his older books, but still entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Reykjavik, Iceland 04-03-08
    Linda Reykjavik, Iceland 04-03-08
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    "I am filled with Lust"

    I never wright any reviews. BUT!
    This book was Funny,Intresting and enducational.

    JUST PURE AWESOME!

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Armitage 04-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What a disappointment!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    What a disappointment! Bryson is enamored with himself as he strings together cleverly turned phrases into a monotonous series of shallow anecdotes which he passes off as story telling.
    It is also a complete mistake to have him narrate his own work. Poor articulation with no inflection.
    The result is just uninspired on every front.
    I'm sorry I bought this book


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James E. Galsterer United States 06-01-09
    James E. Galsterer United States 06-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Bill Bryson Collector's Edition"

    I loved Bill's "A Walk in the Woods" but these books lack the humor and adventure that I expect from him. Bill is a TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE narrator.....maybe these would be a better read.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Whittier, CA, USA 02-16-09
    Barbara Whittier, CA, USA 02-16-09
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    "Not that great"

    I've previously enjoyed Bryson's "Walk In The Woods" and his Australia book. Was not impressed with this earlier work. A few amusing spots, but really not worth 2 credits.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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