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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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    Katrina 05-28-15
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    "Traveling writing at its finest!"

    Bill Bryson has a way about him. His use of metaphors and adjectives is impressive and vivid. As someone who deeply loved Australia I feel he captured it beautifully. I cannot wait to hear more of his adventures. He has adopted a fan.

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    p.k.ben 05-25-15
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    "mild mannered hysteria."

    I laughed I cried it was the gambit of emotion. I have listened to this book at least 20 times

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    "Well Done"

    A beautiful blend of fact and antidote, informative and humorous. I enjoyed this book immensely.

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    James Aurora, Colombia 04-29-15
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    "loved it...great listen. "

    loved every minute of the reading. great narration by the auther. a must for anyone curious about or in love with Australia.

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    emma 04-27-15
    emma 04-27-15
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    "History with humor"

    Bill Bryson makes me laugh out loud! His accounts of his adventures make me want to visit this land all the more. He cleverly intertwines history, culture and geography. I especially enjoyed his tales of off the beaten track sights.

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    Dr. K Milwaukee, wi, US 04-26-15
    Dr. K Milwaukee, wi, US 04-26-15
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    "Fascinating, intriguing country well described"

    My first Bill Bryson book and I can't wait to start the next one. In fact, I'll do that right now!

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    A-R. Mauuarin Oslo, Norway 04-23-15 Member Since 2013

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    "I want to go back to Australia! "

    I love Bill Bryson's books and Ithis one made me miss Australia terribly....
    must start planning a trip!

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    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 04-17-15
    Rochelle Mattoon, IL, United States 04-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Love it!"

    Love everything about this book! It's my 3rd listen! Makes me feel like I went along for the trip! Winner!

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    Carolyn C. Lewis 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    I had no idea of the diversity that is Australia. Learned a lot. I feel like Bill Bryson is an old friend after reading this book. 😁

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    L. Colby 04-10-15
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    "Love this book"

    I have had a love for Australia since I was a child. I've read the paper version of this book many times and can say that the audio version is just as enjoyable. Bryson does a great job of giving the reader just enough historical facts sprinkled in with colorful tales of personal experiences to keep you engaged and entertained. I never thought I could love Australia more until I read this book!

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