©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)
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.
Live and die with no regrets
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.
Englishman's humor wrapped in gonzo style
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
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.
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.
No, that's ridiculous, who listens to a book twice? It's like 12 hours. I have limited time in life, so no.
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.
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.
Absolutely. If bill Bryson had a radio station I would pay to subscribe
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.
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.
If you like books on audio, you cannot go wrong with Bill Bryson.
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.
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.
If you can find a version with Bill Bryson reading his excellent prose on Australia himself, grab it immediately.
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.
Nuances in his expressive but not overbearing voice can make you laugh uncontrollably or wonder in amazement at the startling fact he is conveying.
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.
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.
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.
Descriptions of the Box Jellifish as small bags of lethality or something to that effect.
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