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Down Under Audiobook

Down Under

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Publisher's Summary

Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

©2000 Bill Bryson; (P)Audible, Inc.

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    Frances 05-10-12
    Frances 05-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm afraid to go to Australia"

    Bryson's words and Roberts' narration are perfect together. I listened to this as our daughter prepared for a year in Australia. I warned her not to get into situations where she might have to drink her own urine to survive - a recurring theme in the book.

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  • sludge_beast
    4/1/17
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    "Revealing"

    This book opens up Australia as a country we know little about. And an exploration an adventure.

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  • Peter Collins
    3/25/17
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    "Bill Roberts is excellent "

    I didn't find it as fuuny as the other Bryson books. Bill Roberts is brilliant

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  • Kate
    3/16/17
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    "Makes cleaning toilets a little brighter :o)"

    I listened to this whilst at work as a cleaner/ironer and it certainly made my job a lot easier to stomach. With laugh out loud moments and insightful musings, I can't recommend this audiobook highly enough. Bill Bryson has a wonderful way of making you want to spend the rest of your life as a travel writer, despite his dry and often unenthusiastic approach to it. A true genius in my opinion

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  • Frank M
    3/8/17
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    "Aother hit form Mr Bryson"
    What did you like most about Down Under?

    I love Bill Bryson't style and the way he captures the little details that make his stories so wonderful.
    As a long time fan, and an Aussie myself, this book is just brilliant.

    Can't fault it other than I wish it was longer.


    What other book might you compare Down Under to, and why?

    If you've ever read any other books by Bill Bryson or listened to them, then you'll know what to expect. A rollec coaster of a ride. You can't not pay attention because every sentence carries full weight and takes you to the next one.

    The other author you could compare to is Clive James, who, although a gentler style, has similar views and insights in his writing.


    Which character – as performed by William Roberts – was your favourite?

    I can't say I had any favorites. It was all brilliant.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bring a tissue. You'll need it to wipe the tears of laughter


    Any additional comments?

    Go for it. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nike
    Devon
    3/8/17
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    "Brilliant again"

    Eminently rereadable. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you. I have the satisfaction to having stayed for a month with my many families scattered all over the Continent. Lovely as Bill would say.

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  • Al
    Glasgow, Scotland
    12/30/16
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    "Intriguing/funny but let down by awful narration"
    Would you try another book written by Bill Bryson or narrated by William Roberts?

    I'd buy another Bill Bryson book, but it'd have to be in written form as I found William Roberts' narration wholly off-putting.

    His accent grated on my nerves and his pitch, tone, and timbre demanded continual focus and attention and resulted in the inability to relax during listening.

    I much preferred the hard copy of the book which I found intriguing and well-flowing.

    Based on my experience of this purchase, I can whole-hearted say that I intend to never buy another title narrated by William Roberts.


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  • S
    Hungerford, United Kingdom
    12/20/16
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    "Totally Disappointed"

    Totally disappointed is an understatement, Bill Bryson does all kinds of research, travelling to give first hand observations, and then is racist to the Indians, does bother to research to major sports of Australia (and tries to make fun of them to cover up) and comes across as a complete idiot. I thought I was going to listen to a humorous researched book, it's just not funny.... though it maybe to some Americans who think it's funny to laugh at things they don't understand - Zero Stars if I could!

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  • Lisa
    11/25/16
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    "Enjoyable"

    Great to get an in depth experience of a visitor's experience to Aus - as I am, and could relate to the funny idiosyncrasies the author presents in a funny entertaining manner

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  • Stuart
    11/12/16
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    "Lots of interesting information."

    This is Bryson at his best. Drole, entertaining and full of information you will not find anywhere else easily. The narration is OK but it would be better to hear it in Bryson's own voice if that were possible.

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  • Stan
    9/16/16
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    "Down Under"
    Would you listen to Down Under again? Why?

    Yes,the book is witty and informative.


    What other book might you compare Down Under to, and why?

    Notes from a Small Island,also witty and informative


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Bryson's encounter with the elderly couple


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None in particular but I felt that Bryson loved Australia and its people


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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