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One of the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-17

This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to and it is an amazing story.

Bad audio and felt the book doesn't deliver what it promises

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-16

The audio on this book is pretty bad. Not only does the mic seem to go in and out of intensity, but the speaker has a weird cadence. It took a lot of will power just to get through the audiobook on this alone. I also felt that the book highlighted quite a bit about the power of overlooking key concepts - or being too afraid to speak up, but it really wasn't until the end that he talks about how to not overlook things.

Negative and Outdated

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I LOVE Bill Bryson's "Tales of a Sunburnt Country" and "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (or whatever their exact titles are) but I found this book to be a series of negative events stitched together with negative train rides and negative hotel experiences. It's like Bill would rather be anywhere else but having to travel through Europe. The book is written in the 90's, so it's a bit dated now (Yogoslavia is no longer a country, for example), but the experiences are the same. I really feel like Bill didn't want to take this trip and was FORCED to find a positive aspect of every country he visits. I muscled through listening to this book, though I was quite disappointed. I usually like his humor and wit, but it became rather annoying.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Bryson again?

Yes, he is still a good author, obviously he was just in a bad mood when he wrote this book.

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

The narrator was great, with no weird verbal "ticks" that tend to annoy the listener. While I don't know any language besides English, it sounded like he pronounced everything quite well.

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