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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)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer 04-12-16
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    clCovers all the lesser known facts of all Australia ...great prep for my trip. Highly recommended.

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    Scuddy 03-25-16
    Scuddy 03-25-16
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    "Solidly good listen"
    Where does In a Sunburned Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of my top 10 books. I've listened to it multiple times a year and will probably download it again soon for another listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously my favourite character is the author because he's pretty much the only consistent character throughout the book.


    What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

    Once I got past him not having a deep, rich, baritone voice I liked that he wasn't so much reading the book as he was telling me a story.


    Any additional comments?

    He's got a familiarity about his writing style which I believe resonates well with many people. I enjoy the deadpan commentary that pokes fun at himself and others.He presents facts and anecdotes in such an engaging way. His description of the country, acting honourable as well as despicable, paint such an interesting picture. You can see yourself staggering through an overgrown trail right beside him or sipping a well earned beer after a day of driving through the outback. I'll probably get over to Australia and I'll probably have an analogue version of this book with me.

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    Wanda 03-16-16
    Wanda 03-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love You Bill Bryson"

    Another thoroughly enjoyable experience filled with wonder information. Looking forward to a long vacation to Australia after reading this book.

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    Sarah Harding 03-04-16
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    "AWFUL narrator."

    I couldn't even get through the first chapter. The narration was so terrible to listen to. To be fair the story itself maybr great. I've heard good things which is why I downloaded in the first place!

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    Maria 12-08-15
    Maria 12-08-15
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    "Great"

    I had so much fun reading this book! just great and full of curiosities I never imagined.

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    Destiny 11-25-15
    Destiny 11-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "I LOVED this book"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The authors perspective on life, his choice of stories, his sense of humor and his telling of the story was smooth listening meaning his voice and diction was perfect


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    His observations are charming


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Ah he is just an interesting and curious person so his experiences were fun reading


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Absolutely nothing . I have problems with some audible books because I cannot enjoy the narrator ... The author was smooth


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Highly recommended and would be interested in other recorded journeys of the author

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    june bolton 11-24-15
    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 2017
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    "Not what I expected :("
    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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