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In a Sunburned Country Audiobook

In a Sunburned Country

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Publisher's Summary

Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion up, down, and over the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now he has traveled around the world and all the way "Down Under" to Australia, the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. Australia exists on a vast scale, a shockingly under-discovered country with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on this planet, and more things that can kill you in extremely malicious ways than anywhere else: sharks, crocodiles, the ten most deadly poisonous snakes on the planet, fluffy yet toxic caterpillars, seashells that actually attack you, and the unbelievable box jellyfish. In a Sunburned Country is a delectably funny, fact-filled and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. Wherever Bryson goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging. They are the beaming products of a land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bryson its perfect guide.

©2000 Bill Bryson; (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Bryson's cheery Australian tale should entertain even the most listless driver. His strength lies in his ability to incorporate astounding facts about the country with nutty personal anecdotes." (Publishers Weekly)

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    june bolton 11-24-15
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    "ANOTHER FUNNY FROM BILL"
    Would you consider the audio edition of In a Sunburned Country to be better than the print version?

    I've only listened to the audio edition


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions in Australia and Bill Bryson's sense of humor


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them


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

    Follow me to Australia


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    Michelle Holden 11-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Wife,Mother 2 a amazing Daughter,& 4 legged furbabies,Retired Nurse,fighting aterminal illness called pulmonary hypertension!Fight 2 the end

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it was explained not a tour guide type of feeling!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bill Bryson again?

    Sure ,one book doesn't define me,as a reader!M


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Bryson?

    Maybe if Clara Barker ( did newzealand series for Rosalind James


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In a Sunburned Country?

    I loved knowing more about Australia but the way it was written, it was more tumble weeds no mans land! I wish they spoke of the natives and the reason of the land!


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't tell someone to not read this book, I say give it a try,it may be for another!!

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    NW Girl 11-01-15
    NW Girl 11-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "fun Australian adventure! loved it! "

    excellent story, facts mixed with humor. I couldn't put it down.. now I want to travel to Australia

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    Darrell 10-07-15
    Darrell 10-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "My favorite book about Australia"

    I enjoy the book a little more each time I listen to it. I feel Bill Bryson is a linguistical genious. His whimsical journey through Australia's history, oddities, politics, and culture always leaves me thirsty for more.

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    Kathleen Smith 09-17-15
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    "Entertaining and informative"

    First book I have listened from Bryson, it was witty, informative and gave an in depth look at Australia, will definitely listen to more Bryson.

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    Georgia Burns Atlanta GA 08-07-15
    Georgia Burns Atlanta GA 08-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating experience of a faraway land"

    Bill Bryson changed my view of Australia by visiting it the way I would like - on a ramble with lots of little-known history mixed in. On the downside, I wonder how much has changed since this was written in 2000. Glad he went when he did. I fear much of the otherness of the people has been lost now. But the vast unknown terrain remains as mysterious as ever for hardier souls than I to explore.

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    Kat Gerke 07-23-15
    Kat Gerke 07-23-15
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    "Another great Bryson book"

    I love listening to Bill Bryson read his books. The stories are interesting, sometimes funny, always thought-provoking.

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    Thomas A San Diego, CA, USA 07-14-15
    Thomas A San Diego, CA, USA 07-14-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Charming, just charming."

    Makes me want to go and see this wonderful place, with its beautiful people. Listen.

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    Dibesh 07-11-15
    Dibesh 07-11-15
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    "This is test "

    I am sill going through this book. I purchased this book from audible.com. Its very comfortable.

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    Carl Stammerjohn Los Angeles, CA 07-07-15
    Carl Stammerjohn Los Angeles, CA 07-07-15
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    "Captivating!"

    Perfect for a long road trip. Funny, informational, and the descriptions made the story come alive. Loved Bill reading his story. We feel like we travelled to Australia ourselves after hearing the story!

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