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Bill Bryson Collector's Edition Audiobook

Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

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Notes from a Small Island
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.

Neither Here nor There
Thirty years after backpacking across Europe, Bryson decides to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth, carrying with him a bag of maps, old clothes, and a stinging wit honed to razor sharpness by two decades of adult experience.

I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Bryson reads "somewhere" that nearly three million Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens; clearly the Americans need him back. So after years of raising his family in Britain with his English wife, the brood moves to the States, allowing Bill to chronicle the quirkiest aspects of life in America as he reveals his own rules for life.

Notes from a Small Island
©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)1998 Random House, Inc.
Neither Here nor There
©1999 Bill Bryson; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself
©1999 Bill Bryson; (P)1999 Random House, Inc.

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    Sankalp SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-30-12
    Sankalp SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny outsider perspective into life in USA and UK"
    What made the experience of listening to Bill Bryson Collector's Edition the most enjoyable?

    Quirky sense of humor that makes you chuckle.


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

    It did definitely made me laugh number of times. Of course it is not laugh-riot, but makes you chuckle/smile.


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    Cliff B Bedford, NH, United States 03-08-12
    Cliff B Bedford, NH, United States 03-08-12
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    "Not Bryson's Best Stuff"

    I've heard of these 3 for years and was happy to finally get to them - but unfortunately I was disappointed. If you're unfamiliar with Bryson's work, and want to read 3 good ones, start with "A Short History of Nearly Everything" (his best researched), then read "A Walk In the Woods" (his best travelogue), then "At Home" (his most interesting and insightful). The 3 in the "Collector's Edition" may have served him well in honing his writing style, but I think the modern reader can easily pass them by (unless you just want to read everything he's ever written, which I suppose is why I read them).

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    Carrie 07-31-15
    Carrie 07-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh... Interesting in small bites"

    I listened while on a road trip across middle America and Yellowstone in July. Bill is interesting and has a fine way e with words. Only rated a 3 because he stayed too sound 'grouchy' after a while. Nothing is good enough. The last section was awful, to many numbers and figures and lists of him just complaining about America.

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    Leah 05-23-17
    Leah 05-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "couldn't stop listening"

    I love Bill Bryson's dry sense of humor. I was laughing out loud the entire time!

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    Diana 03-22-17
    Diana 03-22-17 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Terrific people-watcher's ear candy"

    As long as I can remember I've been a "people-watcher" - fascinated with where people come from, what language are they speaking, seeing various shapes of bodies and faces and skin and hair types, wondering at the flow of genetics across land and seas. Bill Bryson doesn't describe these human visuals as much as landscape, architecture, and individual surroundings, yet I got the same wonderful feeling of fascination with humanity as he shared his experiences, observations and travels.

    There were some laugh out loud moments and I like his self-effacing humor although he can be openly critical of people, but it doesn't matter since it was at a time and place we can't figure out and their names are unknown. And, some deserve it.

    There is a similarity with the works of Jon Ronson, although Mr Ronson, in my recollection just says things as he finds them and holds back on criticism, leaving it to the reader/listener to make the judgment. However, with the essays Bill Bryson does in the third book of this collection of books, the writing depends on his taking a critical stand and making some very sharp observations - in particular of mind-numbing "bureaucracy" and managing to make us laugh in the process.

    This combination of three books are wonderful and I recommend this highly. In a way, I wish young people who are about to set out into the world would read/listen to these books, underlying each story is something deeper and the message is to do with humanity, our foibles, history, and accomplishments.

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    Amanda Hampton, NH, United States 01-29-17
    Amanda Hampton, NH, United States 01-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Always want more."

    He makes me think. He makes me laugh. He makes me wish for more chapters. Stop searching for another book and just download this now......in hardcover.

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    Sky 12-24-16
    Sky 12-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I've fallen in love with Mr Bryson"

    He makes me laugh out loud. That's all I need to be in love!! Now go ahead and enjoy all of Bill's work too.

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    E.M. Tennessen 12-02-16
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    "Great story, bland reading"
    What did you love best about Bill Bryson Collector's Edition?

    I enjoyed his writing and the memories he shared.


    What three words best describe Bill Bryson’s performance?

    Bland, unexciting, flat.


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

    No, because of the narration. It is somewhat flat and emotionless and so I would listen for awhile and come back to it later.


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    Bond James Bond 09-28-16 Member Since 2008

    silentsun

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    "3 for 1 credit"

    It's pleasant, light reading. Author reads it. Not as good as his Appalachian trail book. If you want a good story, use your credit for Les Miserables instead

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    Amazon Customer 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I ran out of David Sedaris, but Bill Bryson...."

    makes a great substitute! His quasi-biographical rants and essays always leave you wondering how much is actually true

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