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In a Sunburned Country | [Bill Bryson]

In a Sunburned Country

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.
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Publisher's Summary

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion up, down, and over the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now he has traveled around the world and all the way "Down Under" to Australia, the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. Australia exists on a vast scale, a shockingly under-discovered country with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on this planet, and more things that can kill you in extremely malicious ways than anywhere else: sharks, crocodiles, the ten most deadly poisonous snakes on the planet, fluffy yet toxic caterpillars, seashells that actually attack you, and the unbelievable box jellyfish. In a Sunburned Country is a delectably funny, fact-filled and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. Wherever Bryson goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging. They are the beaming products of a land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bryson its perfect guide.

©2000 Bill Bryson; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Bryson's cheery Australian tale should entertain even the most listless driver. His strength lies in his ability to incorporate astounding facts about the country with nutty personal anecdotes." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jason Karpeles Dallas,TX 09-22-05
    Jason Karpeles Dallas,TX 09-22-05 Member Since 2000

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    "Great travel account"

    This funny and informative travel account lets you see Australia from his humorious eyes. Great listen!

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    Peter E. Olson Watertown, MN United States 08-28-05
    Peter E. Olson Watertown, MN United States 08-28-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Fascinating"

    I could not stop listening. I fell asleep three nights with Bryson talking in my iPod and had to back it up. The book is fascinating, but Bryson's narration is double the treat. His dry humor and clever writing pair up for great entertainment. Bill: please tour everywhere!

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    Susan FRANKLIN, VA, United States 08-19-05
    Susan FRANKLIN, VA, United States 08-19-05 Member Since 2002
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    "marvelous"

    After I finished this book, I wished I'd started reading Bryson's work earlier. Funny, witty, entertaining and informative. What more could you ask for?

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    Choong Chicago, IL, USA 07-06-05
    Choong Chicago, IL, USA 07-06-05
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    "very good listening"

    You certainly get a different appreciation for Austrailia after you listen to this audiobook; Bill Bryson's narratives are filled with historical details and humorous episodes that would help you get an idea of what Austrailia is like outside of the popular images of the Sydney Harbor that most people associate with the country. However, although the author is full of empathy and affection for the country he's writing about, the narrative feels a bit less personal. His emotions are often not as deeply felt as his other works (for example, "Walk in the Woods") and feels somewhat detached and impersonal. Although Bill Bryson's trademark is his unique sense of humor and witty obervations and this work is on par with most of his other books, for me, the lack of STRONG personal sentiments made this a bit dry. It's certainly a good listening and worth your time, as are most of other works by Bill Bryson.

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    "Intelligent, humorous, poignant"

    The best work of Bryson's I have read/listened to yet. He narrates it himself, which is delightful, as both the humour and the more profound moments are delivered beautifully; during one particularly despairing description of the treatment of Aborigines, Bryson even gets a little choked up. The continent, its peoples and a seemingly random yet fascinating smattering of its history are vividly presented as if you were travelling there with Bryson, enjoying his droll wit and his delightful eye for the extraordinary, yet overlooked, sights, events, facts and fictions. He is a master at digging out the most amazing or transcending thing, while contrasting how little attention or regard most people have for it.

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    Tim Boston, MA, USA 02-21-05
    Tim Boston, MA, USA 02-21-05
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    "One of the greatest books I've listened to"

    Wow, I finished the book last night and was really sad that it was over, I looked forward to listening to it everynight. Mr. Bryson's presentation was one of the best audio book reading I've ever heard.

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    Leila WuppertalGermany 02-11-05
    Leila WuppertalGermany 02-11-05
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    "marvelous"

    I listened to this book on my ipod while working out at the gym. There were times when I had to stop lifting or pressing whatever it was I was working out on and double over laughing. It was that funny. I can only recommend it wholeheartedly.

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    Mike Cairns, N/A, Australia 10-13-04
    Mike Cairns, N/A, Australia 10-13-04 Member Since 2010
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    "An Aussies eye view"

    What a hoot! As an Aussie I can relate to Bill's travels 'down under' however it is the authors humour that earns him 4 stars.
    My wife and I were driving recently listening to the book and had to stop 5 times to avoid having an accident we were laughing so much.
    This guide to Australia through the eyes of an Englishman/ American is incisive, informative, entertaining and easy listening. His views on politicians ( particularly Prime Minister John 'the undertaker' Howard) are hilarious. Bill has a natural style that grabs the listeners attention without a strong accent - it's not Yank and it's not Pom.
    I learned so much about my own country, it's history and it's people that I felt ashamed that I hadn't investigated it before now.
    A must read if you are interested in learning more about Australia or would like to travel down under and want a humorous yet poignant opinion.
    I'm now going to buy A Walk in the Woods and A Short History of Nearly Everything on Audio to further improve my knowledge and continue to laugh at Bill's great anecdotes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 06-16-04
    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 06-16-04 Member Since 2004
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    "A delightful book!"

    This is an entertaining and informative book and frequently had me laughing out loud. Mr. Bryson neatly weaves history, zoology and sociology into a funny travelogue chock full of amusing encounters with friends and strangers. To listen to him read the book is an extra treat.

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    Richard Rochester, NY, USA 02-26-04
    Richard Rochester, NY, USA 02-26-04 Member Since 2003
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    "I have to wonder...."

    .... how many people have decided to take a trip to Australia, based on this book alone? It certainly made me want to go!

    Bryson is doing what he does best - dry, usually understated humor, delivered in a style that can't be imitated.

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