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Bill Bryson Collector's Edition Audiobook

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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    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 02-07-16
    Christine Currie Santa Cruz, CA United States 02-07-16
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    "Harmless Fun"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No fantastic literary feats here, it's a bit long in the tooth much like the title.


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    BILLB 09-05-15
    BILLB 09-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Three great stories in one"

    If you like Bryson, this is a wonderful collection and three for the price of one. A "must have " if there ever was one!
    If you don't like Bryson there is something seriously wrong with you and professional care is called for.
    This collection spans some of his funniest, most satisfying work and is the perfect balm for an otherwise lousy day.

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    christal 08-19-15
    christal 08-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely worth downloading"

    Love Bill Bryson, every sentence is hilarious. These 3 books have been abridged well, in the sense that you don't feel like you've been ripped off any juicy parts. Worth it for 17 hours of entertainment

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    Joshua J Lucca Anchorage, AK United States 07-28-15
    Joshua J Lucca Anchorage, AK United States 07-28-15
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    "That's a lot of Bill"

    Break it up. He falls back on old tropes too often and if you listen straight thru it's annoying

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    Rebeca 07-17-15
    Rebeca 07-17-15
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    "Read Bed Time story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    These essays are so soothing. They take you on a journey around the world, are funny and sweetly read by Bill. It was amazing how much I agree on his perspective of Europe, the same one I had when visiting the same places, so it was like visiting my old photo album. They were happy trips made with a dearly loved one, so the story was specially significant for me, revisiting very important memories. I cried a bit.
    Also, I was a foreigner living in the USA for some years and found myself laughing when he pointed out some of the things we foreigners find incredible and weird of the USA and its people. I also found myself smiling at the wonderful behaviours Americans have, which has made me chose Americans for my best friends.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Bryson – was your favorite?

    Bill


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

    It brought back many important memories.


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    Sheila 07-01-15
    Sheila 07-01-15
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    "Bryson is Best!"

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Bill Bryson! Keeps me in stitches! I have read each of his books several times- when I NEED to laugh.

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    Craig 06-13-15
    Craig 06-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful and very very funny"

    I love there stories they very funny recommend listening to the books when your not in public places, as you end up being taken away in the back of some strange van, in a straight jacket

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    Jim 04-14-15
    Jim 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Eclectic collection of stories cleverly told."

    Love the observations and clever turns of phrases. And the knowledge provided on both important and peripheral but intriguing topics.

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    Guerick 03-24-15
    Guerick 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing book, specially the travel section."

    Although the quality is not super HD, maybe because it's an old recording, but it's a great book and a great performance from the author.

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    Matthew 03-06-15
    Matthew 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I End Up Looking A Little Crazy"

    Listening on public transit invariably results in me letting fly a gargantuan snort, followed shortly thereafter with giggling.

    Ditto for walking, and sitting at my desk working.

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