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Down Under Audiobook

Down Under

Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.
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Publisher's Summary

Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

©2000 Bill Bryson; (P)Audible, Inc.

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    Frances 05-10-12
    Frances 05-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm afraid to go to Australia"

    Bryson's words and Roberts' narration are perfect together. I listened to this as our daughter prepared for a year in Australia. I warned her not to get into situations where she might have to drink her own urine to survive - a recurring theme in the book.

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  • Lakeskip
    UK
    7/17/15
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    "Another brilliant funny Bryson"

    Clever, fascinating, hilarious in places, astonishing in others. Who knew the GAFA could be so interesting? Narrator great too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United Kingdom
    6/2/15
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    "Great as always"

    I love his dry sense of humour, it makes me laugh. Great book as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • elsie
    5/24/15
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    "An absolute tonic"
    Would you listen to Down Under again? Why?

    Funniest book and brilliantly written


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The subjects


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

    Absolutely _ didn't want book to end either


    Any additional comments?

    All hospitals should stock this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay Kay Caddy
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    2/26/15
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    "Good but not the best Bryson"

    An interesting listen. Yes the accents aren't perfect but I thought that was charming in its way and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. Not Bryson's best or funniest book but still worth a listen. The narrator is the same man who usually narrates Bryson's books which is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • APritchard
    Swansea
    12/31/14
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    "I loved it!"


    A wonderful humorous account of travels through Australia with some history mixed in. One of my favourite Bill Bryson books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Péter
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    6/26/14
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    "FunnyHow Much Not Funny"

    Everything Mr. Bryson saw in Australia is exciting and breath-taking and superbe and extraordinary and amazing and astonishing. Well, that's how it goes downunder. Obvious observations, shy criticism, slight racism, too much museum. However, the style is easy-going and sometimes made me laugh.
    Who enjoys the most this book? The constantly tipsy narrator, of course. This mate is having the time of his life while reading 'Downunder'. I'm happy he found so much fun in it.

    Consider the date. It has been written 14 years ago, before Internet, before the major natural catastrophies in Australia, before even Sydney Olympic Games. The book is hopelessly out of date. And I think this fact has a certain charm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gordon
    RADLETT, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Great narration and Bryson engages as always"
    What made the experience of listening to Down Under the most enjoyable?

    Bryson is at his best mixing anecdotes with history to interest and entertain his readers. The reading is dramatic and gives a real sense of the place and people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being back in the world of Bryson


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Sunburn!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bouncing around Bondi and the out-back


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Bryson - this is a must

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heloise
    Canberra, Australia
    11/28/13
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    "Accents just awful"
    What disappointed you about Down Under?

    The story was boring, it was full of stereotypes.


    What was most disappointing about Bill Bryson’s story?

    The narrator's pathetic attempt at an Australian accent


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Roberts’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Down Under?

    This was non-fiction!


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    MAIDSTONE, United Kingdom
    10/10/13
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    "Awesome book"

    I highly recommend this book... I've now completed this three times and enjoy every moment.

    Must buy and a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iain
    Isle Of Lewis, United Kingdom
    10/9/13
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    "Fabulous. Roberts excels."
    Where does Down Under rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favourite audiobook to date. Roberts delivers Bryson's writing with unmatched charm and character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Down Under?

    The description of the Australian commentators' dialogue during the cricket match radio broadcast. I spilt an entire cup of coffee over myself, laughing so hard.


    Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Roberts' delivery is absolutely flawless and although I have read this book on several occasions, I could not help but laugh out, loudly and often.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The creatures down under may be deadly, but you're more likely to die laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    I am utterly addicted to Roberts' portrayal of Brysons' books and look forward to him recording "The life and times odf the Thunderbolt Kid" as Bryson himself is nowhere near as good. Although I love his writing style, he simply does not convey any emotion in his voice, sadly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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