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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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    Annette 12-21-10
    Annette 12-21-10

    I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...

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    "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"

    This is fantastic. I love his tone and mix of trivia as well as fact within history. I'm a true (new) Bill Bryson addict. I especially like his own narration. It feels like you're traveling alongside learning as you go (only you get to shower at home). Totally recommend it to anglophiles, trivia and history buffs of all flavors - as well as general listeners of all kinds. I also liked "At Home" which delves into more history and information based on his English vicarage house. Do it, you'll like it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    C. Montgomery California 09-25-12
    C. Montgomery California 09-25-12
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    "A humorist in the Mark Twain tradition."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great listen! You can start just about anywhere in the recording and enjoy it. Hugely entertaining, and enlightening.


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

    So far every Bryson book we've tried has been both a great read and a great audio experience. These include : A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, In A Sunburned Country, and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. These make great gifts too - especially for anyone who has a tedious commute or is laid up in bed for any period of time - Bryson' s take on the world is always unique and often laugh out loud hilarious.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13
    Amazon Customer rochester, NY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    Any additional comments?

    If you like Bill Bryson (does anyone not?) you'll enjoy this collection completely. I particularly enjoy "I'm a Stranger Here Myself," as he describes returning to the US after a 20 year absence.

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    Audrey INDIAN LAKE, NY, United States 01-10-11
    Audrey INDIAN LAKE, NY, United States 01-10-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "An excellent read!"

    I've never read anything by Bill Bryson that wasn't good, and this collection of stories of his travels through England is no exception. Love his humor as well as his description of the people and places he has been!

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    Shawn Kansas City, MO, USA 03-31-08
    Shawn Kansas City, MO, USA 03-31-08 Member Since 2000
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    "Bryson's best with Google"

    I rarely write reviews and have been a memeber since almost the begining of Audible (sadly when I upgraded Audible forgot who I was before becoming a Platinum Listener). This was a thuroughly enjoyable listen and I found myself drawn to Google Maps over and over trying to equate the top down view with Bryson's on the street descriptions of the people and places.

    If you need an in office vacation then I reccomend you download this book and spend your lunches listening to this book and mousing around Google Maps.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Bilgin Esme IstanbulTurkey 07-30-08
    Bilgin Esme IstanbulTurkey 07-30-08
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    "Especially Europe and USA parts are brilliant"

    I've read or listened to nearly half of the Bryson's books. No need to mention that I'm a fan of his. This collection is composed of three separate books. The first one is about Britain. I think it's the faintest book of Bryson. Though, it's not bad after all. Maybe it contains too much local information that's too alien to us. It's not about being familiar with Britain. I've never been to Australia for instance, but I loved his book "In a Sunburned Country".

    But the others are just brilliant. I bet you'll listen them again and again. The one in Europe makes you feel like you're traveling those places with a best possible travel companion. And the last one will make you understand better what an Ordinary American's life is like.

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    carolyn 11-17-07
    carolyn 11-17-07
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    "Captures England in nutshell"

    Whether he's being lovingly critical or unabashedly admiring of English quirks, Byrson is always amusing -- never crass, just constantly chuckling at the English as I chuckle and sigh at the doings of a favorite aunt. Priceless writer, doesn't lose his charm on second or even third listening.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanne LePard 10-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I tried :("

    This was just so boring. I could not finish it. I didn't find any humor in it at all.

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    Sankalp SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-30-12
    Sankalp SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny outsider perspective into life in USA and UK"
    What made the experience of listening to Bill Bryson Collector's Edition the most enjoyable?

    Quirky sense of humor that makes you chuckle.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did definitely made me laugh number of times. Of course it is not laugh-riot, but makes you chuckle/smile.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Dominy USA 08-08-12
    J. Dominy USA 08-08-12 Member Since 2011

    constant weeder

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    "So good I hated for it to end"
    What did you love best about Bill Bryson Collector's Edition?

    The fact that Bill Bryson narrated it. No one else could have captured his style, I don't think.


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

    His " At Home," I suppose.


    What does Bill Bryson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He just makes me laugh. He brings so much humor to his travel experiences that he makes you want to go to even the places he did not like.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time to, I could sit there all say listening to this audiobook.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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