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In a Sunburned Country Audiobook

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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    Larry 05-10-14
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    "More please, more"

    I have yet to listen to any Bryson book that is read by the author which did not leave wanting more. He has one of those minds that experiences life like it was a brand new box of toys. He never fails to leave me conjuring up ways to go to the places he has just described. And his cynical genes assures me that we are somehow related.

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    David R. Messersmith Maryland 03-08-14
    David R. Messersmith Maryland 03-08-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Bryson is a super storyteller and teacher"
    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Bill Bryson has a wonderful voice to listen to and he brings a story to life through is storytelling. His adventures in Australia had me laughing out loud while learning a lot about the land and the people.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like books on audio, you cannot go wrong with Bill Bryson.

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    Josephine 11-27-13
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    "One of his funniest"

    I always appreciate when an author will narrate his/her own work, and Bill Bryson's narrations are especially good. I'm a big fan of his books, but this is my absolute favorite of the books he narrates. I was quite literally crying I was laughing so hard at many points in this book. I don't usually re-listen too books, but I know I will have to listen to this one again.

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    M. E. Blackman 10-26-13
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    "Probably better if read the old fashioned way"

    Having enjoyed Bryson's previous writings, I was disappointed by his sleepy performance as a reader. Though amusing, his snobbish tendencies are accentuated by his tone.

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    Tom Stoneville, Australia 09-17-13
    Tom Stoneville, Australia 09-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great When Bill Bryson Reads His Own Work"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you can find a version with Bill Bryson reading his excellent prose on Australia himself, grab it immediately.


    What other book might you compare In a Sunburned Country to and why?

    Bryson's books, such as 'A Walk In The Woods', 'Notes From A Small Island' and 'Neither Here Nor There' - with him reading his own material - I can't stress enough how worthwhile having him read the book makes the experience.


    What does Bill Bryson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nuances in his expressive but not overbearing voice can make you laugh uncontrollably or wonder in amazement at the startling fact he is conveying.


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

    I guess if I had to specify, it might be his description early in the book about his experience riding around as a passenger guest being shown Metro Sydney, soon after unboarding from the international flight from America; his jet lag etc leads him to fall asleep; his description of how he may appear when thus sleeping in the front passenger side of someone's car as they silently ride around metro Sydney to "show him the sights" etc. is classicly hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    The guy who often reads the unabridged versions of Bill Bryson's audio books, though a fine reader in his own right, has extremely tough competition when compared to the author himself. I do wish Bryson would go to read/record his earlier unabridged titles as he does now. He's a book called 'One Summer' coming out soon which I am eager to add to my Bryson collection. His books are genuinely deeply interesting and highly entertaining - a rare combination he masters well.

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    Ray Gagne Ogdensburg, NY, US 08-27-13
    Ray Gagne Ogdensburg, NY, US 08-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "My wife and I listened to this together"
    Where does In a Sunburned Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In a Sunburned Country?

    Hilarious observations. Having traveled to Aus this book helped us relive our trip and marvel once again about this wonderful place and its mighty cast of characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Descriptions of the Box Jellifish as small bags of lethality or something to that effect.


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    Master Santa Ana, CA, United States 08-11-13
    Master Santa Ana, CA, United States 08-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "One of Bryson's funniest!"
    If you could sum up In a Sunburned Country in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Made me want to visit Australia. Lots of interesting stuff about Australia told with Bryson's typical dry wit.

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    Peggy Creswell 04-23-13

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    "Bill Bryson brings Australia to life"
    What did you love best about In a Sunburned Country?

    Love his narration style. Great listen--and I learned something about Australia, too!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In a Sunburned Country?

    His discussion of Aborigines was enlightening.


    Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent by any comparison.


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    Natalie N Miami, FL, United States 02-11-13
    Natalie N Miami, FL, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Can I go to Australia now?"
    If you could sum up In a Sunburned Country in three words, what would they be?

    Bill F***ing Bryson.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill Bryson, doing what he does best; talking about something he knows. Unlike other travel books, he gives you niether all good nor all bad. He seems to have a real love for Australia and Australians but confronts the clear contradictions and faults within the country. He gives you the cities and he give you the outback, he loves both but he also recognizes their tragic places in the Australian culture.

    He also adresses the forever enigmatic and heartbreaking history of the Aboriginal people, something lacking in many accounts of Australia.

    All in all, its a great listen and only made me want to go to Australia all the more.

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    Seacoast Shopper 02-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up In a Sunburned Country in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, immersive and experiential.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In a Sunburned Country?

    In addition to a hundred memorable, anecdotal 'Bryseconds' (short, engaging, sidebars that never fail to be superbly funny and are not bad in the re-telling when describing the book to others), the magical juxtaposition of rea-life/present day experiences and sojourns alongside the sharing of Australian history (and truly historical characters) weaves a very imagination-provoking tapestry. The unique perspective on the Australian Aborigines - their story, their plight and their level of integration (or lack there of) into Australian society and culture was (embarrassingly) news to me... I'm now on a quest to gain a better understanding of what sound like a fascinating people.I hope I make it to Australia some day, but if I don't - I'll have this book to thank for taking me on a journey there.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Bryson – was your favorite?

    Bill as Bill is hard to beat.


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

    Laughter abounds, the book is hugely entertaining.


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