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Made in America | [Bill Bryson]

Made in America

In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.
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In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

©1994 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Bryson offers a playfully anecdotal account of the etymology of distinctive words and phrases that help to create a distinctly American English." (Publishers Weekly)
"A treat....Filled with surprises....A literate exploration of why we use, or mangle, our native tongue." (USA Today)

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    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 05-24-11
    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 05-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant as always"

    Absorbing, entertaining and funny as Bill always is. No one else can pass on such interesting and detailed research as Bill does, while making you laugh the whole way. Highly recommended.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Betty A. Wright Sugar City, ID United States 03-30-15
    Betty A. Wright Sugar City, ID United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Too much swearing for me"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Started out enjoyable, but then.... A letter written to Lincoln that uses the Lord's name in vain over and over. Then a whole chapter of inappropriate, swearing town names. Couldn't take any more. It's been in my library unread for too long, now I wish I'd listened sooner so I could return it. Do not recommend. There are more uplifting books out there.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Bill Bryson any more.


    What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

    He read very well! I was impressed with his pronunciation of French, Native American, and other non-English words. His pronunciation and accents for different time periods was also well done.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    At first, I was interested, then disgusted and offended by the choice of material.


    Any additional comments?

    With so much material why do writers feel that they must bring out all the filth?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael York, Panama 03-25-15
    Michael York, Panama 03-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"

    Although the book has been written in true Bryson style, which supports the reason I downloaded it, the narrator misses the mark. Unfortunately, I had grown used to B.B. presenting his own material and in many ways the voice inflection and context were lost to, well, basic reading aloud. I will be more cautious to research the narrator in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paige Beichler Berea, KY 03-14-15
    Paige Beichler Berea, KY 03-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not narrated by Bryson."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. William Roberts may be a good narrator for something else, but Bryson's voice and intonation make his books.


    What didn’t you like about William Roberts’s performance?

    His voice.


    Did Made in America inspire you to do anything?

    It made me want to return the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Change your return policy back to being able to return any book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Kling Westchester, New York 03-10-15
    Stephen Kling Westchester, New York 03-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Far ranging and fun"

    Listening to Bill Bryson is to take a trip to a side trip to a tangent. It seems like even he doesn't know where he's going, until he gets there, which he eventually does. This performance is better than Bryson himself, so points for that. The material, however, seems recycled in places from previous Bryson books. Not that there's anything wrong with that, because it's all delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catmom Ireland 02-15-15
    Catmom Ireland 02-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A LOT of mispronunciations."
    What other book might you compare Made in America to and why?

    I'm a Stranger Here Myself. Bill Bryson can make the most mundane facts interesting. His books are the best way to learn History and Geography painlessly.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was ok, but it lacked Bryson's charm. Maybe it was a regional thing, but a lot of common English words were pronounced strangely. This is one of my pet peeves. If you are not sure how the word is pronounced, look it up.


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

    Quite a few giggles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roberto Flores Jackson, Mi USA 02-09-15
    Roberto Flores Jackson, Mi USA 02-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "always like Bill Bryson"

    always like Bill Bryson.
    how can one person know so many things about so many things?

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    Dr. Jim Rudd Charlotte, NC USA 02-01-15
    Dr. Jim Rudd Charlotte, NC USA 02-01-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Bryson does it again"

    Some times I wonder why he doesn't get the attention that Malcolm Gladwell does. A b c d e f

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    Sarah McMahon 01-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, narrator could have been better"

    I wish that the narrator was Bill Bryson, as is typical. Still, the story was excellent and thorough as always!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 01-16-15
    Michelle 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good text, narration mistakes sour my experience"

    Narration is good, except some words are oddly mispronounced. If Bill Bryson read this himself, my experience would be optimal.

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  • Daniel
    2/24/15
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    "A captivating trip through American history"

    Another great book by Bill Bryson. Whilst the linguistic side is very interesting, he provides substantial historical context which prevents it from becoming too specialist or dull. Definitely recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aramis
    1/28/15
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    "A Bryson excellence, but not for audio"

    Another excellent book by Bryson, but the topic makes it particularly unsuitable for audio. As much of the book is about the evolution of words and their spellings, this is hard to convey by audio with many words having to be spelt out without the benefit of visual appreciation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    8/17/14
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    "Needs an abridger"
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    Having read the print version a few times - it's a mine of fascinating facts for a history / culture / linguistics nerd! - I hoped this would translate to audio as well as other "written Bryson / narrated Roberts" books would, but unfortunately there's just too much information for it to really work as an audiobook. With a good editor / abridger, this could be condensed into a much more listenable 6-10 hour book rather than 18 hours of struggle (which, I'm sorry to say, I gave up on)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sandra
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    "other triump"
    If you could sum up Made in America in three words, what would they be?

    What a mix


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Made in America?

    Showing what a insecure bunch the Americans'


    What does William Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Can read a book whilst working in the garden


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

    Gave me another view of the USA


    Any additional comments?

    Bill Byron can be listened to, over and over again, the man is fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
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    "M.a.d.e i.n A.m.e.r.i.c.a"
    What did you like most about Made in America?

    I tend to have several books on the go at once - fiction alongside non-fiction. So this was useful as I could dip into the book and pause between passages.
    This is a surprisingly easy listen given the subject matter of 'words' and phrases made in America. Interesting and informative - but obviously not useful as a quick reference - so treat it accordingly.
    However - whilst I do not like 'abridged' version of books - there is something to recommend 'adapted' for audio - there are occasional passages where the book and audio consists of seemingly endless lists - which work well on paper but not on audio - especially when they are also spelled out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    9/25/13
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    "Top Marks to the Narrator"

    This was a tricky wee read for the narrator and he coped admirably. We are taken on a linguistic journey from the Mayflower to present day. The origins of American English had several roots, English, Scottish, Irish, Native American, Spanish and German; and far from being a boring language lesson, it was an informative wee listen!

    The history of inventions and the lying and cheating that went on to obtain copyrights was fascinating - especially the poor wee guy who was cheated by Singer on his sewing machine. You'll learn all about the later fads like Coke and McDonalds too, I'd recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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