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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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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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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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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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  • Michele
  • Golden, CO, United States
  • 07-23-16

Funny

Bill Bryson' s books are a treat. Even though I've listened to these stories before, I laughed again at the wonderful tales. And, Bill Bryson is a great narrator.

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Always look for Bill Bryson Narration

Would you listen to Bill Bryson Collector's Edition again? Why?

Yes. I would certainly do so before visiting one of the locations.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bill Bryson Collector's Edition?

"Let's Go! Get another travel guide"

What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

I always enjoy it when Bill Bryson narrates his owe work. I think this is because he writes with an American voice, but his actual voice is somewhere between a British and an American accent. Consequently, the interpretation completely changes when someone else reads it.

Any additional comments?

Audible should not sell Bill Bryson books without his narration.

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Bryson is a modern treasure

Self narration from Bryson himself is like the whip cream on top of his humorous, witty memories. You'll also find many neat facts stuffed in as well.

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Wonderful & funny

If you could sum up Bill Bryson Collector's Edition in three words, what would they be?

Only complaint is the utterly confusing chapter / section way they divide the audiobook. Makes no sense and you'll spend a looooong time trying to navigate

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I love his work his humor is perfect.

these three go together wonderfully. the everyday observations and extensive sarcasm and wit make me long for travel and bumbling experiences.

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  • Dave
  • Atlanta , GA, USA
  • 04-23-16

Bryson is funny... But his routine gets old

I suggest reading this in fits and spurts. there's a certain formula to Bryson's humor, and it wears out after a while. That said, the narration is excellent. He delivers his bits perfectly.

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I love his dry, English humor .. but sometimes ...

If you could sum up Bill Bryson Collector's Edition in three words, what would they be?

Laughing, Descriptive, Smart

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

His slight accent and his dry wit are wonderful! I've seen him interviewed before and it was truly a treat to listen to his humor with his timing as he read the book. Excellent!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

If you like smart, witty, hilarious, and especially dry, see this movie ... but bring water.

Any additional comments?

I have never before had the desire to travel to Europe, and definitely not England. I always had the prejudice that the people in England were, generally, up their own asses and way too proper for my taste. If Bill is not lying as he describes them in this book, I want to go so badly now and I look forward to planning a trip where I have time to just go to pubs and talk to people about trains. Stunning.