©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"This is Bryson at his best." (Amazon.co.uk)
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"Bitter or Sweet ? I'm not sure !"
I really enjoy Bill Bryson and his sense of observational humour really appeals however, although this was funny at times, because it was a collection of smaller clips I found that I could not get my teeth into it as much. It is worth having in a collection because it is enjoyable but I would not put it high on my list of Bill Bryson must haves. I was expecting it to be like Notes From A Small Island but in this respect I was a little dissappointed.
Brilliant written as usual.
Excellently read as usual.
A joy to listen to as usual.
Do yourself a favour and get this book.
"Great book, well written."
Overall a fantastic buy but for me William Roberts does not have a voice I appreciate listening to hours of.
":) loved it"
Loved the book and I enjoyed the narrator's reading.... If you like Bill Bryson's witty view of life you will love this one
"Great book, terrible narration"
As an avid fan of Bill Bryson, I couldn't wait to download and play this, possibly my favourite book of his. Unfortunately the narrator's voice is so grating and misinterpretive of the content, I cannot listen for more than 10 minutes at a time. It's such a shame. I gave 3 stars for the content, I really love this book, but had to take away for the narration.
As always, Mr Bryson is very entertaining, and he provides a very interesting account of the trials and tribultations of returning to your mother country after years of being an Alien in another land.
"Nearly 20 years old and still strangely applicable"
The combination of Bill Bryson's and William Roberts is always an absolute winner. and a true example of why authors generally (should 99% of the time) give their books over to actors to read. The Goldmine is obviously Bill Bryson's wit, charm and elegantly judged frustration but the absolute joy of it is crystallized by the performance. suffice it to say this is very very funny and the smallest 'snippets' structure make it an ideal book for dipping in and out of during a stressful day. considering it talks about a lot of stuff that has moved on quite considerably technology wise the issues and irritations it raises are still very much contemporary and applicable and definitely still worth your time, attention and money. Let's put it this way Bill my mother has heard a couple of minutes of this and now I have to buy the book for her for Christmas - you are just that good!
"Prefer Bill reading his books"
While Bill's stories are always entertaining, I much prefer the versions where it is Bill himself reading them.
"Bite size chunks of Bill"
Bill Bryson can do no wrong for me, so I'm never going to submit a bad review. I enjoyed reading this, a collection of his newspaper columns. I like the narrator and his style. A really enjoyable look at American life.
"Enjoyable listen in short bursts"
I did enjoy this although I do prefer Bill Bryson's own voice. As I too have lived in both the U.S.A. and the U.K. these stories resonated for me and made me chuckle and grimace at all the same things. Nothing seemed too far fetched although at times it must have been.
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