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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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    Mr. D Idaho, United States 06-26-14
    Mr. D Idaho, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Bill Bryson fan? Read this book."
    Any additional comments?

    This is my forth Bill Bryson book and it is as good as any of the others I have read. So if you like his books, you are sure to like this one.

    If you have never read one of his books, this is as good a place to start as any.

    Why read his books? He has a way of making just about anything, interesting. In the case of this book, he has the whole of Australia to entertain us. Easy pickings if you ask me.

    If I have any complaint, it is only that the book could have been longer. There is so much more that he could had told us about. Dam his schedule, apparently he couldn't spend as much time in Australia as I would have liked. Ha Ha.

    The author narrates his book and does a very good job. His books always have a good dose of humor and this more than the usual. Because he is the author and the narrater, the humor shines. I have rated this book a solid 4 stars but if there were a category for humor it would get 5 stars.

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    J. Wood 06-14-14
    J. Wood 06-14-14 Member Since 2013

    Live and die with no regrets

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    "Moved up on the Bucket list"
    Would you consider the audio edition of In a Sunburned Country to be better than the print version?

    I love Bryson's writing style, a milder "gonzo" style of travel writer with Englishman's humor. I missed an opportunity to travel to Australia in my early 20's to work as a tourist guide in the bush when I was a very active outdoorsman, backpacker and survival instructor. Now I sorely regret not taking the plunge. Listening to Bryson describe the history and quirkiness of the country was a delight. Now I must see this country before I die.

    I highly recommend the book, just wished it was twice as long.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Englishman's humor wrapped in gonzo style


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


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    Ann Reedy 06-13-14
    Ann Reedy 06-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Bryson is always a classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of In a Sunburned Country to be better than the print version?

    No idea! I have never read the print version but the fact that you have Bill Bryson himself reading this version makes it very special


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

    Anything else that has Bill Bryson's name on it. You know what you are going to get with Bryson (interesting facts linked by very funny stories) but the books always deliver.


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

    I have listened to One Summer in America: 1927 and in some ways this was even better since he was talking about his own personal experiences and hence you were transported there with him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    G'Day Bill


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    ar 05-12-14
    ar 05-12-14
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    "Just get it"
    Would you listen to In a Sunburned Country again? Why?

    No, that's ridiculous, who listens to a book twice? It's like 12 hours. I have limited time in life, so no.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bill Bryson and the way he sees the world. He can just keep talking, it's like traveling with Rick Steves of PBS, he's just so inoffensive and funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That's sort of a weird question for this book. You obviously didn't read it if you're asking me what "scene " I liked.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. If bill Bryson had a radio station I would pay to subscribe


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    Larry 05-10-14
    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
    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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    RayG Ogdensburg, NY, US 08-27-13
    RayG 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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