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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.

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"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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  • Claus
  • United States
  • 05-28-12

Never been to Australia. But now I have.

Bill Bryson takes you off to a land far far away. And you can easily imagine what it's like there. Love the humor and all the stories and historical facts. Love that Bill Bryson narrated it, couldn't imagine anyone else doing it.
On a few occasions, it did feel like a chore to keep going, but I'm very happy I did.

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A great listen, especially for the tourist!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this read to anyone visiting Australia. I read it in preparation for my fourth trip (first three happened before the book was written). It reminded me of experiences in my first three, and guided me to discoveries in my fourth that I might have otherwise not have seen. One of Mr Bryson's best. He tells the story we might not, the mistakes, near misses, accidents and in doing so, shows the true character of real places and people.

What did you like best about this story?

Mr Bryson's willingness to just go and do, and tell about the good and not so good results from his travels.

What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

He tells the story in a matter of fact manner, providing the interesting details with a great voice. It is as if you are talking with your favorite cousin, over drinks, and he is relating the trip of a lifetime in all the detail you want and nothing more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but two sittings.

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Bryson

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Bryson is good on travel, easy to listen to, but not his best. This one needed a map.

Would you be willing to try another book from Bill Bryson? Why or why not?

Yes

What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

Down to earth, pulls no punches.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

My fave is A Walk in the Woods

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  • Otter mom
  • Little Rock, AR United States
  • 05-21-12

Bryson takes his insight and humor down under!

First, I'm an unabashed Bill Bryson fan, so this book was already on my wish list. What makes these audiobooks such a wonderful way to experience Bryson is getting to hear him narrate his own story. This adventure into the outback is no exception. He manages to tell you many things you didn't already know about the natural and cultural history of the land, and inspire you to look up even more. He sent me to the maps and reference books more than once because his descriptions are so wonderful, you want to learn more. He paints such a vivid picture of Australia, I don't think I will ever be able to consider the country again without his influence. His narration is so wonderful, you are sad when the book is over, feeling like you've had to say goodbye to a dear friend.

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  • Jack
  • Mill Valley, CA, United States
  • 04-23-12

One of the best audiobooks ever.

Would you consider the audio edition of In a Sunburned Country to be better than the print version?

Having listened to over 400 books on Audible, Bill Bryson is one of the best voices on audio--he is understated, sly and hilarious. His writing is completely informative and entertaining...I guarantee you will learn things about Australia you never even heard of and be entertained the entire time. And of course you will laugh. Love love love this book. It's sounds boring, but his Shakespeare is also a great "read" with details about 16th and 17th century England that shed a fascinating light on that time. But that's another audiobook....

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a delightful romp down under

What did you love best about In a Sunburned Country?

i loved learning about the country. Full of nature raw and open spaces and interesting people and places. made me want to go there very badly. also enjoyed Bryson's sense of humor.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In a Sunburned Country?

All the encounters with nature.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

i like hearing the author's voice, even tho i'm not crazy about Bryson's.

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

i would not make a film about it.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Highly recommend this. Bryson will have you laughing out loud with his unique insights during his trip around Australia. Very informative and entertaining.

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Delightful Travel

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This was my frist Bill Bryson book and I can't wait to travel with him again. I loved the vivid, well researched descriptions of all parts of Australia. Not only did I chuckle constantly while listening, I learned many details about this fascinating continent. Bryson's droll wit is absolutely endearing. Where do I buy my ticket to the Outback or Bryson's next adventure?

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  • Michael
  • ASHLAND, OREGON, United States
  • 03-05-12

Bryson Does it again

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoy Bill Bryson's work, very relaxing and he takes you on his adventures...

What was one of the most memorable moments of In a Sunburned Country?

Listening to him talk, over and over, about all the different

Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, they are all good

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

Too many to mention

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Not an easier listen anywhere

Bill Bryson's works are all top shelf; never less than five stars. First, he narrates his own stories. His wit and satire bring me to tears. He is laugh out loud funny. Second, and to me this is the best part, I always learn something. His works are always educational, thought provoking, and honest. Not a better combination anywhere. I guarantee if you listen to just one of his works you will be signing up for all the rest. He is THAT good.

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