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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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    Susan Gistoux, N/A, Belgium 04-07-03
    Susan Gistoux, N/A, Belgium 04-07-03
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    "Excellent!"

    I wasn't really interested in Australia - but I love Bill Bryson! So while recovering from eye surgery, I decided to give this 12 hour audiobook a try.

    Mr Bryson took me all around Australia and back. The book was so great I almost wished for another day of laying in the dark. I had been apprehensive about 12 long hours of reading... but it made the time fly and I was sad when I came to CD number 10 and end.... And now Australia is on my list of places to go!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jake Greensboro, NC, USA 02-19-03
    Jake Greensboro, NC, USA 02-19-03
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    "Truly humorous and history-filled look down under"

    Bryson comes through again in this excellent book about Australia. His 20 years in Great Britain have left him with that dry English humor. When it manifests itself on the page, its delightful. It is even more delightful hearing him read it. If you never go to Australia, this is the book to read--you'll feel like you were there.

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    Bradley Laplace, LA, USA 11-07-05
    Bradley Laplace, LA, USA 11-07-05
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    "Good but not great."

    I am a big fan of Mr. Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything", but did not find this book up to that lofty standard. I was looking for a book with more facts and interesting stories about Austraila rather than drawn out personal accounts about his visit. I found only about 30% of the book is factual and interesting while the remainder consists of "cute" stories of his trip down under. While they are very humerous, I hoped for more history and cultural facts on this great continent.

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    James BournemouthUnited Kingdom 06-18-04
    James BournemouthUnited Kingdom 06-18-04
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    "Funny book, shame about the delivery."

    There are very few authors who can also perform their books as well as an actor could, and unfortunately Bill Bryson isn't one of them. However, even with his rather dull naration, some parts had me shaking with laughter. I can recommend this book, but with reservations.

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    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 04-15-13
    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Bryson Charming as Ever"

    Bill Bryson isn't the most talented narrator, perhaps he should leave this to someone else, but he sure is a charming writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Houston, TX 11-30-12
    Doug Houston, TX 11-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Always Entertaining"

    As always Bill Bryson's work is informational and entertaining. This book went very quickly for me as I found myself sipping tea and listening to the book instead of turning on the television for the evening.

    In addition, Mr Bryson does an excellent job narrating his own work.

    If you are a Bryson fan you won't be disappointed and if you have not yet jumped off into Bryson-Land yet this would be a nice starting point.

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    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 06-13-12
    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2011

    My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain

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    "Want to go to Australia? Listen to this book!"

    Bill Bryson does a wonderful job of bringing the reader into his travels across Australia. His first hand account of his travels across the continent, and country, are engaging and informative. Bryson also adds historical background which is needed for the reader to attain an understanding of the continent and country that makes up Australia. The narration is done by Bryson himself, and he is as good a narrator as he is a writer.

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    05-29-12
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    "entertainingly funny"
    What did you love best about In a Sunburned Country?

    Bryson's humour.


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

    I can only compare it to other Bryson books as it is basically a travel log.


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

    Yes I have and this one is at the top of my list.


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

    The good, bad and ugly of touring in Australia.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narration. Bryson does Bryson as no one else could. He made me laugh out loud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claus United States 05-28-12
    Claus United States 05-28-12
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    "Never been to Australia. But now I have."

    Bill Bryson takes you off to a land far far away. And you can easily imagine what it's like there. Love the humor and all the stories and historical facts. Love that Bill Bryson narrated it, couldn't imagine anyone else doing it.
    On a few occasions, it did feel like a chore to keep going, but I'm very happy I did.

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    Robert Northfield, MN, United States 05-28-12
    Robert Northfield, MN, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A great listen, especially for the tourist!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this read to anyone visiting Australia. I read it in preparation for my fourth trip (first three happened before the book was written). It reminded me of experiences in my first three, and guided me to discoveries in my fourth that I might have otherwise not have seen. One of Mr Bryson's best. He tells the story we might not, the mistakes, near misses, accidents and in doing so, shows the true character of real places and people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr Bryson's willingness to just go and do, and tell about the good and not so good results from his travels.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    He tells the story in a matter of fact manner, providing the interesting details with a great voice. It is as if you are talking with your favorite cousin, over drinks, and he is relating the trip of a lifetime in all the detail you want and nothing more.


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

    No, but two sittings.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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