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Down Under Audiobook

Down Under

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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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  • Stan
    9/16/16
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    "Down Under"
    Would you listen to Down Under again? Why?

    Yes,the book is witty and informative.


    What other book might you compare Down Under to, and why?

    Notes from a Small Island,also witty and informative


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Bryson's encounter with the elderly couple


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

    None in particular but I felt that Bryson loved Australia and its people


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesleyboyd
    scarborough, United Kingdom
    8/31/16
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    "I now want to go to Australia!"

    I was really impressed with Bill Brysons account of Australia and now do genuinely want to pay it a visit...but..would struggle with where to start..it all sounds so amazing.
    he does a great job of intertwining history with geology with facts etc. I was hooked from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrsmcnair
    Scotland
    8/13/16
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    "Adventures Down Under"

    The narrator here was ok, but personally I prefer Bill narrating his own tales. This, while maybe not as laugh out loud funny as some of his other books, is nonetheless well worth reading. I really enjoyed it.

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  • John
    7/28/16
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    "Bill Bryson"

    Is a wonderful travel writer never fails to please i am a great fan of his

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Powlie
    7/18/16
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    "Wish it would go on and on forever :D"

    An ode to Australia!Absolutely loved it and wish there was more - everybody should listen to this! it was so good that I will make sure to get bryson's other (audio)books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. M. Hohenberg
    London, UK
    7/8/16
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    "Brilliant book, expertly read"

    So so amusing to listen to. Bill is so good narrating his own book and it adds a depth you perhaps lack from reading the book. Thoroughly recommend

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  • jonathan stott
    7/3/16
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    "utterly brilliant"

    William Roberts read the the story so well, all the little inflections and sarcasm came out beautifully, the story was riveting and I had to listen to it again and again. Utterly brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • laineya
    North Yorkshire, UK
    7/3/16
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    "The accents!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Down Under to be better than the print version?

    No, I prefer hearing the voices in my head than the terrible 'Australian' accents in this.


    What other book might you compare Down Under to, and why?

    I would say, not a book, but Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


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

    I cried - the accents made me weep.


    Any additional comments?

    Great tale, interesting, but please, please don't ask this narrator to do Australian accents again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • darren
    6/22/16
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    "Australia here I come!"

    Excellent book, great humour, makes the world seem a great place, makes you want to go there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Belfast, United Kingdom
    5/15/16
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    "A good book ruined by the narrator"
    What disappointed you about Down Under?

    The narration is terrible. Why does this person narrate the Bill Bryson books? I don't think his voice suits the subjects at all. The attempt at accents was painful. Why get someone to narrate a book on Australia if they cannot even do a passable accent? He should've left them alone. Bill Brysons excellent books are being murdered by this narrator. I will not be listening to anymore.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of William Roberts?

    Anybody.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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