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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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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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I love Bill Bryson

Not as good as "Home" but still Bill Bryson makes any place, even Australia, interesting and funny

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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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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

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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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

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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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!