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Virtual Australian Journey

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-13

If you could sum up In a Sunburned Country in three words, what would they be?

Informative, immersive and experiential.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In a Sunburned Country?

In addition to a hundred memorable, anecdotal 'Bryseconds' (short, engaging, sidebars that never fail to be superbly funny and are not bad in the re-telling when describing the book to others), the magical juxtaposition of rea-life/present day experiences and sojourns alongside the sharing of Australian history (and truly historical characters) weaves a very imagination-provoking tapestry. The unique perspective on the Australian Aborigines - their story, their plight and their level of integration (or lack there of) into Australian society and culture was (embarrassingly) news to me... I'm now on a quest to gain a better understanding of what sound like a fascinating people.I hope I make it to Australia some day, but if I don't - I'll have this book to thank for taking me on a journey there.

Which character – as performed by Bill Bryson – was your favorite?

Bill as Bill is hard to beat.

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

Laughter abounds, the book is hugely entertaining.

Wonderful Retelling!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-12

Where does Anne of Green Gables rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This classic is one for all ages. It takes the reader back to a simpler time and tells a story of self-discovery and the union of an orphan with an older, quiet couple and the enrichment they bring to each other in a beautifully touching way. Not to be missed!

Finely written, detailed history....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-11

As a purchaser of many other audio books on Teddy Roosevelt - I seem to enjoy those that really present a more up close and personal side of this amazing character, rather than more or less a straight-forward relaying of the facts...This book, while very detailed and well written, falls more into this latter category. Through an extensive array of vignettes, the contribution to wildlife and environmental preservation on behalf of Teddy Roosevelt comes to life. The picture it paints is one of overwhelming dedication to environmental stewardship. A fine, detailed account of the many contributions of Roosevelt, the relationships he had with notable early environmentalists and many other influential folk who shaped our modern day park and forestry systems.

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Poor Performance...

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-11

While Thoreau's writings fascinate me, the narrator in this case is a very poor match for the content. I simply can't get through the book because the narrators pensive pace, tone, and anxious inflection simply transforms what is meant to be peacefully, contemplative content into a delivery that does not complement Thoreau's nature/persona well at all.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

Superb for relaxation!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-10

I was so surprised this collection served a dual purpose - not only by providing a beautiful collection of poems to listen to by an exceptional group of readers, but it also is extremely relaxing, having the capability of virtually transporting you to another time and place. Highly recommend it!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful