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In a Sunburned Country Audiobook

In a Sunburned Country

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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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    "4th or 5th listening and love it each time!"

    And I've read it 4 or 5 times, too, and it delights me every time!

    I highly recommend Bill Bryson.

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    "Funny and informative"

    Well researched, and readable! (listenable)
    A must read (or listen) before embarking on your journey down under.
    Thanks again bill!

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    "Witty and genuine"

    The performance grew on me. At first so unassuming that it made me wonder for two hours if the actual story was yet underway, the charm of the travelogue became comfortable. It's a pleasure to know that the author is the reader. Besides his dry wit and skill with storytelling, he is not a bad travel partner. Clean humor, no messy romance, just genuine exploration of Australia.

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    "In a word great"

    Very interesting and educational with lots of good short stories really enjoyed it and Bills narration was easy to listen too

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    "A must own."

    I am a big fan of Mr. Bryson's work, and it is my opinion that this is one of his best. I can't say what an Australian listener might think of it, but never having been to the country myself, I was fascinated.

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    "In a Sunburned Country"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Incredibly informative and entertaining. I found Mr Bryson to be a real HOOT! Loved it.

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    Amazon Customer Cleveland, OH 02-08-15
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    "Bryon's Best."

    I love all of Bill Brysons books but this is my favorite. The author narrates and does an awesome job.

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    Really entertaining and insightful tour of the back woods and roads less travel in Australia. You need to like sarcasm to enjoy this book but it is not mean spirited, very self deprecating. Really funny and definitely goes to the back roads.

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    Nice book. Could have been so much more. Leaves you with as many questions as it answers. Still a nice listen.

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