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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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    Jim 01-21-15
    Jim 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrific educational, exceptional prose."

    Bill Bryson makes me want to go to places and see them with his eyes. I so admire his insatiable curiosity and engaging sense of humor.

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    Lizzy 01-13-15
    Lizzy 01-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Author entertaining, knowledgeable, descriptive"

    Fun listening along with good history lessons. Would recommend to anyone traveling to Oz. Bill goes to all areas if the country!

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    Nan BeckleanTobin Connecticut 01-12-15
    Nan BeckleanTobin Connecticut 01-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book--funny, informative and well-written!"

    Bill Bryson is a writer's writer and a national treasure. I don't like to travel and will never make it to Australia but this book actually made me want to go.
    Nan Becklean Tobin

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    milkman 11-16-14
    milkman 11-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well researched, informative, and witty"
    Would you listen to In a Sunburned Country again? Why?

    I would listen to segments again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bryson delves deeply into his topic and shares the best bits with his readers.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He does not have a particularly strong voice. He is mellow and self-effacingly funny, but a stronger voice would be easier to hear and understand especially if you are listening in an environment with some competing noise.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed 98% of this book. Occasionally--and often without any warning--Bryson includes profanity or off color material. This is too bad as his book is fascinating enough to hold the attention of my 6 year old.

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    Christopher Shanghai, China 09-25-14
    Christopher Shanghai, China 09-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Learn About How to Visit Australia"
    Would you listen to In a Sunburned Country again? Why?

    I might listen to a few segments, especially if I were to consider a visit there.


    Would you recommend In a Sunburned Country to your friends? Why or why not?

    This is a very entertaining (and easy) read. You learn about how deadly so many animals can be in Australia and what a unique place it is. Reading this book really moves you to Google Map Austraila's great Outback. You realize how right Bill is--there is just nothing there for tens of thousands of square miles.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Bill Bryson is a very gifted reader of his own matial giving every humorous observation exactly the right tone and cadance to make you laugh out loud (very disconcerting to other passangers on the Shanghai subway where I commute).


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

    I like Bill's books a lot as they are among the few that can make me laugh out loud. He is a very entertaining writer even on topics you that you expect to be pretty serious.


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    Beth 09-04-14
    Beth 09-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect for a road trip"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I totally recommended it to anyone. It kept four of us entertained on a road trip from michigan to new york. It was the perfect amount of informative and funny.


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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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