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I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away | [Bill Bryson]

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

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.
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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, 24-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended, if at times bemused, love letter to the homeland he has returned to after 20 years away.

©2012 Bill Bryson (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Lynn tarpon springs, FL, United States 10-12-12
    Lynn tarpon springs, FL, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2010

    Writer, painter and unabashed romantic with passion for history and mystery.

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    "How strange! Not as recently written as described."

    Bryson fans and strangers to Bryson alike may be misled as I was by the advertised description of these pieces as recent. Depends on how you define recent! Do not expect pithy observations on this century's catastrophes, elections, current TSA procedures, celebrity culture, and/or texting, tweeting, FBing. For instance, he writes with wonder of such artifacts as microwave pancakes. Brilliant and au courant not. Microwave pancakes are hardly a new invention. Having been to England myself this century I know High Street food shops and the big chains there sell them and have for years. A quibble? No. As it turns out, these pieces were written some time ago - decades ago? However, Bryson still amuses and William Roberts captures the quirky tone of Bill Bryson's ambling style well. Old Bryson is better than no Bryson.

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    Dianne EVANS, GA, United States 01-21-13
    Dianne EVANS, GA, United States 01-21-13
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    "Hilarious! Laugh out Loud"

    In the wake of all this fiscal cliff drama and other continual angry political stories, it was refreshing to get a different perspective all be-it-dated; many of the issues are still relevant.
    In addition the narrator had the perfect timing, which I can imagine was difficult for this type of book.

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    Steven Torrance, CA, United States 10-24-12
    Steven Torrance, CA, United States 10-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Seems like it was written in the late 1990's."
    What did you like best about I'm a Stranger Here Myself? What did you like least?

    I like Bill Bryson, but most of this material is too out of date. I gave up listening about half way through.
    It would be helpful if Audible included the original date of publication in their descriptions.


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    Peggy Creswell Chattanooga, TN 04-23-13
    Peggy Creswell Chattanooga, TN 04-23-13

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    "Caution: Not Narrated by Bill Bryson"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Bryson again?

    The thing I love most about Bill Bryson's audio books is his narration style. Without his narration, it's just another book. His intonation and whit are unmatchable. If I had noticed that this book wasn't narrated by him, I wouldn't have bought it, plain and simple.


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    j.merritt 08-19-14
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    "Bill Bryson disappoints"
    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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    "Dated mock outrage"

    This was the first audio book I haven't finished. I should have paid attention to the reviews I read, which said it was dated. It was also dull, a series of magazine columns written for a British audience, full of mock outrage about such horrors as the vapidity of US TV. There was a sweet column about how no one in New Hampshire locks their cars or houses (I wonder if that is still the case), but most of it was just tedious. I started skipping segments and finally just gave up on it.

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    Jo SAN FRANCISCO, US, Canada 11-04-12
    Jo SAN FRANCISCO, US, Canada 11-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Dismal and putrid"

    I listen to an average of 3 or more audible books per month and have done so for awhile. I usually don't bother to review books, but this one was so bad I was compelled to write a review. I have read other Bill Bryson books , At Home & his Shakespeare book, & enjoyed them, but this one is a dud. It is a collection of columns he wrote for a British newspaper in the 90's. The colums are dated and consist mostly of bashing Americans to amuse the Brits. I wouldn't mind the bashing if the columns were witty, but these are not. I realize Bryson has made his living as a "professional American" among the Brits, and these columns probably were his bread and butter in the UK, but this book just leaves a bad taste in my my mouth. In these columns Bryson panders to the Brits making sure to emphasize what unsophisticated rubes Americans are. Also, there is a little too much political correctness involved and all the preachy left wing drivel is at odds with the humor he is trying to invoke. I listened to the first part and part of the second, but couldn't finish the book. This is the first audible book I have ever abandoned. After listening to this twadle, my main thought was that our idea to separate ourselves from the British was THE BEST IDEA EVER. I know we have plenty of faults, but thank goodness we are independent.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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