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