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Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe | [Bill Bryson]

Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe

You'll stop at Europe's most diverting and historic locales and view the Old World through Bryson's tourist eye view in this affectionate, blisteringly insightful, and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul.

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Publisher's Summary

Like many of his generation, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in the early '70s - in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. Over 20 years later, the acclaimed author of Notes from a Small Island, The Mother Tongue, and A Walk in the Woods decided 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 2 decades of adult experience. The result is this affectionate, blisteringly insightful, and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul, with stops along the way in Europe's most diverting and historic locales - a brutally frank and uproarious tourist's-eye-view of the Old World according to Bryson.

©1999 Bill Bryson; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    Heather 08-29-12
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    I loved this book. I read it in paperback originally and it was the first of his books that I read, but enjoyed listening to the audio book as it was narrated by the author (I am in fact disappointed that his other books available from audible are not all narrated by him), I am really only writing this review to rebut something negative said in one of the other reviews.

    The other reviewer talks about him "bragging about his lack of knowledge" but either failed to continue listening to/reading what came after that, or is purposefully being disingenuous. Mr. Bryson talks about how he doesn't speak any language besides English, but goes on to say that what he likes about being unilingual in foreign countries is that it makes him feel how young children must feel; having no real idea what is going on around them but happy to be there nonetheless.

    I feel that that distinction is important as it changes the tone of his comment altogether from 'bragging about his ignorance' to a comment on innocence. I wouldn't want anyone to give this book a miss because of a review written by someone with either poor reading comprehension or an axe to grind. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinions, but those opinions should be based on facts (or the entirety of what the author said) not just snippets taken out of context.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Lewis Carlsbad, CA United States 11-08-09
    Alan Lewis Carlsbad, CA United States 11-08-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "Funny and informative"

    I love reading Bill Bryson and it is a treat to hear him narrate his own book. He is very funny and the book is filled with interesting facts and observations. If you listen to this on headphones in public, people will stare at you when you laugh out loud.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darren South Jordan, UT, USA 06-15-03
    Darren South Jordan, UT, USA 06-15-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Been There -- Didn't Do That!!"

    Bryson is like the Professor we all wanted to have in College, the one your friends had but you couldn't get in. His intelligent narratives and thorough investigation will make you beg to listen to his next book. Although Bryson and I don't share the same politics, I love his writing just the same. In addition, he is one of the few writers who do justice to their books as the reader.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Taylor 05-24-04
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    "Not Bryson's best..."

    I have listened to all of the other available Bryson audio books, starting with A Walk In The Woods (which I had already read first, but loved as an audio book narrated by Mr. Bryson). I've enjoyed each and every Bryson book - until this one... In the other Bryson's, I've found myself engaged and wanting to hear more. Sadly, this narrative seemed pointless and wandering. After an hour and a half, I found I just didn't care to listen any longer and it became almost a chore. Certainly not as fun as his other works! Sorry.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Doug 05-16-09
    Doug 05-16-09
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    "poor quality recording"

    Love the book and Bryson does a great job of reading. My complaint would be that this uhas the worst audio quality of any audiobook I listened to.. Bill sounds like he did it over the phone. Not up to the usual standard.

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    David Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-02-06
    David Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-02-06
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    "Don't listen to this one in public"

    You'll be laughing out loud as you tramp around Europe with one of the world's sharpest writers. Acid and charming all at the same time: Bryson is the master of wit and literary lightning.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Flovilla, Georgia, United States 06-23-14
    Beverly Flovilla, Georgia, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Hello! I'm a full-time nurse, part-time reader, chef, gardener and stylist! Love all my hobbies. Oh, and mother to Marley (shih-tzu) and Sam

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    "Crack for Travel Junkies"

    Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe starts out slow and in a remote, cold and desolate location that I have never had a desire to visit. I almost stopped listening right there. But I hung in there and was richly rewarded. Bill Bryson delivers a European travel log full of wit and unfaultering truth.

    I love the details of the travel hiccups and mishaps and of course totally related to the gaps in communication and the glaring differences between Americans and Europeans that after all make travel interesting and fun.

    The point of travel is to venture into the unfamiliar to view the unviewed and to meet the unknown. Bill Bryson took me on a trip through Europe and reminded me of how much I miss being there when I'm away.

    If you have previously visited Europe, you will enjoy the rekindling of memories, if you have never been to Europe, you will get a taste in this book.

    One note, this book is based on Bill Bryson's trip through Europe in the 1990s and much has changed and much has stayed the same.

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    Michael Bremen, Germany 09-19-10
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    "Brilliantly read"

    A fun book that was enhanced by the author's reading. Bill Bryson could sometimes barely contain his laughter as he recalled some of the events. This really gave the book some extra zing.

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    "Negativest travel book I've ever read/listen to"
    What was most disappointing about Bill Bryson’s story?

    The author is by far the cheapest most negative traveler I have ever encountered. Other than topless secretaries and a few other minor points nothing in his travels could make him happy. I would not waste my time listening to this book. If you are looking for a truly great travel book pick up anyone of Micheal Palins books you will not be dissapointed.


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    "Takes me back"

    I'm listening to Bryson's book for the first time as I prepare for my own solo return to many of the sites he reviews. Despite differences in national currencies, the result of creation of the euro, and a few country name changes that resulted from some nasty civil wars over the years, I was transported back in time and with Bryson revisited many of the same places, sites, smells and experiences he describes. While a decidedly lightweight reflection of history, economics and social structure, it is nevertheless a delightful review of major tourist cities and provides travelers and would-be visitors with ideas of how a budget traveler might enjoy some of Europe's greatest sites. Altogether a pleasant way to travel vicariously for a few hours.

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