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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.
"Great as always"
I love his dry sense of humour, it makes me laugh. Great book as always.
"An absolute tonic"
Funniest book and brilliantly written
Absolutely _ didn't want book to end either
All hospitals should stock this book
"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.
"I loved it!"
A wonderful humorous account of travels through Australia with some history mixed in. One of my favourite Bill Bryson books.
"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 The book is hopelessly out of date.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.
"Great narration and Bryson engages as always"
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.
Being back in the world of Bryson
Bouncing around Bondi and the out-back
If you like Bryson - this is a must
"Accents just awful"
The story was boring, it was full of stereotypes.
The narrator's pathetic attempt at an Australian accent
This was non-fiction!
I highly recommend this book... I've now completed this three times and enjoy every moment.
Must buy and a must read!
"Fabulous. Roberts excels."
My favourite audiobook to date. Roberts delivers Bryson's writing with unmatched charm and character.
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.
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.
The creatures down under may be deadly, but you're more likely to die laughing.
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.
"Rather a let down (under)"
I have enjoyed some of Mr Brysons efforts before and being a sometime resident of Australia wanted to listen to this one, rather late to the party I confess.
I found it to be a bit of let down, rather poorly researched with limited references to source material. Furthermore some of the comments I found xenophobic at best, a little racist at worst. ' A Land where men are men and sheep are scared' Is that kind of comment really the best you can offer?
The worst part I'm sad to say was the narration. Rather an excitable and high pitched American voice. The biggest problem though was the insistence on providing an Australian accent at certain points that was truly dreadful, off putting and a little offensive.
So not a terrible book and did have some good parts but overall not my favourite.
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