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Neither Here nor There Audiobook

Neither Here nor There

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In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations.

©1991 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    M. Craft 08-12-14
    M. Craft 08-12-14
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    "Authentic Bryson, but that might be the problem"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend Neither Here Nor There with reservations, because the actual traveling-around-Europe portion of the book is exactly what I wanted from Bryson. Unfortunately, he indulges too much in digressions where he displays quite unlovable character traits, some of which include:

    -despising all dogs and most animals in general
    -shameless objectification of women
    -defending his complete lack of remorse over beating up the fat kid in his middle school.

    In a travel book, I seek to identify with the author so that I may see the places he goes through his eyes. Bryson's digressions make this very difficult, and it is hard to understand why his editor permitted them to remain in the work, since they are so extraneous to the purpose of the work.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think there is a book that covers his ORIGINAL trip through Europe with Katz, and as a fan of A Walk In The Woods, I'm curious about that one.


    What didn’t you like about William Roberts’s performance?

    Bryson freely admits being completely ignorant of all non-English languages, except for mostly-forgotten lesson in school. Despite this, Roberts continually indulges in heavy accents and pronunciations that feel false in the context that Bryson has created.


    Do you think Neither Here nor There needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope. I don't want to tempt Bryson into deeper navel-gazing, since this book took him to some pretty dark places already.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "The narrator delivers the book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Neither Here nor There to be better than the print version?

    It is difficult to compare audio editions with the print versions in most cases. When listening to others read a book, I almost always find I would have read it in a slightly different way. When I read a book, I put my own voices on the dialog, and I have my own way of reading and interpreting the sentences. These are small, subtle changes that I find important for my reading experience.

    William Roberts does an excellent job narrating this book. I mean, Bill Bryson is who he is, funny, a great storyteller, and able to make almost any subject appear intriguing through his observations. I've read a book by him before, so I knew what I was getting for content. Therefore, William Roberts' narration came as a pleasant surprise and really made the listen a very enjoyable experience. He read with a voice much better than my own internal one, and in my opinion, emphasizing exactly the right words for each sentence, thus bringing out those extra subtleties I enjoy.

    Therefore, I'm inclined to consider the audio edition better than the print version in this case.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Neither Here nor There?

    Being from Norway, I obviously found the part where he travels to Norway particularly interesting. It is interesting to hear a foreign take of one's own culture. It is clear however, that the book is more than 20 years old now, so there's a lot of those small cultural observations that no longer applies. But, I'm old enough to remember!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm not going to lift a particular scene up to favorite status. The book was generally enjoyable, and not to mention a reminder of how much the world and particularly Europe has changed during the last 20 years. Some cultural differences have disappeared, some have emerged, as with currencies, politics, customs and culture.

    In a way, the stories and observations are a bit outdated, but for someone of my age, that didn't lower the reading experience.


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

    If I had had the opportunity to do so, I probably would do so. But then again, I would with any book, I guess.


    Any additional comments?

    In summary, I would say a very enjoyable listen, great but slightly outdated content, but with excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gandalf seattle 12-05-15
    gandalf seattle 12-05-15
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    "Disappointed"

    I enjoyed some of Mr. Bryson's other books, namely Made in America and the obvious A Short History, and was excited to listen to a book about his own direct experiences. Unfortunately I didn't get what I was expecting. I couldn't imagine having so much privilege in life while complaining so much. Trip around Europe, full of new sights and experiences! Sounds great. Better complain for half the book about the bus ride in a way that's far from amusing. There is nothing compelling or interesting about this book or Mr. Bryson. I'll stick to his writings not about his miserable existence.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail arlington, VA, United States 11-15-17
    Abigail arlington, VA, United States 11-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Might want to skip this Bryson"

    In general terms this just isnt one of Bryson’s best. I love so many of his other books but this comes off more whinging and ranty than humorous without the usual wry and sometimes subtle wit you’d expect of Bryson. This is more like the stories you would get traveling with your drunk, entitled and mildly racist uncle across Europe with the tired blanket statements about cultures (the french are so rude!) and predictable sexual or derogatory statements about all the women he sees. These jokes were tired long before this book was written. He also is almost certain to insult half his audience at some point in this book be it from discussing the great childhood joy of pounding on the fat kid at school (a treasured memory), to the rather uncomfortable objectification of women, the hatred of dogs/idea that all dogs should be gotten rid of to a remote island except poodles which should all be shot because dogs dont like him (wonder why), the book is just filled with statements that are likely to fall flat to modern audiences. Of course much of this is just said in humor but that type of humor tends to fall flat and this book really does just that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jellie 09-17-17
    Jellie 09-17-17
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    "Adolescent but Hilarious"

    NOT a book that gives an objective view of other cultures, but an amusing look at the mind of an adolescent male.
    If you are considering this book because you like Bryson's other work, don't. It is as if written by a totally different person.

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    marty 08-23-17
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    "Usual good yarn from Bryson"

    Bryson doesn't disappoint with his wanderings around Europe noticing things and occasionally getting into entertaining trouble.

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    George United States 07-01-17
    George United States 07-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Later stuff from Bryson much better"

    It's Ok and it has some good parts but it is much weaker than later books. He went back trying to find things he had seen before but everything had changed. The opposite of Rick Steves.

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    Hani 03-11-17
    Hani 03-11-17
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    "Amazing book"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, Bill Bryson is hilarious and I was laughing out loud, there were parts that I was driving on the highway and I thought I might get into an accident cause I was laughing so hard.
    I thought the book gives you a fair review of what to expect in each country and city
    Most guide books tell you the place is great and amazing and recommend all museums and everything touristy there is to do
    In this book, Bill Bryson does other things that not all tourists do, he goes to places that not all guide books recommend and gives you his honest opinion of the country and its people
    I liked it much more than a lot of other guide books
    Highly recommended

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    Joyce Miamisburg, OH, United States 01-30-17
    Joyce Miamisburg, OH, United States 01-30-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Going Back Again"

    In his younger years Bill had taken this tour with a guy he had just met and thought he'd see if it had changed much over the years.

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    Cody 07-22-16
    Cody 07-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great"

    This is only my second Bryson book and is much better than the road to dribbling which was my first I highly recommend this book if u r looking for a good quick listen.

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    Ireland
    2/26/15
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    "Good listen"

    Narrator was Excellent. Story was not quite as good as the other book "a walk in the woods". Observations and insights not quite as funny as last book either.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    Ballyclare, United Kingdom
    1/5/12
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    "Very enjoyable."

    I have only read one of Brysons books before and found this to be in the same lighthearted, yet educational style. Had me chuckling outloud.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • iain
    Isle Of Lewis, United Kingdom
    2/22/15
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    "William Roberts is a delight. Brings it to life."

    Roberts excels once again. This is not my favourite Bryson book by any means but I absolutely adore the narration. Waiting for him to do "Thunderbolt Kid"

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Yahya
    Torquay, United Kingdom
    10/19/11
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    "Hilariously discriptive and Brilliant"

    Bill has a great expressive word power. He describes the situations, people and places with brilliance. His descriptive account of European travels creates an enjoyable picture to the listeners. I enjoyed the audio and got hooked on it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    3/25/15
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    "disappointing"

    I loved 'notes from a small island' so thought I would enjoy thus. it was OK, it passed the time, but I was left feeling that someone who may have got more out of it should have taken the European trip. he was just passing the time and seemed not to enjoy it. although I did enjoy the northern lights at the beginning I otherwise found the whole trip uninspiring.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • KOKSAL COBAN
    ISTANBUL Turkey
    12/24/12
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    "Fun to listen to.."

    A very lighthearted approach to Bill Bryson's travels around Europe. The author makes it a fun to listen to his travel memoir with his sophisticated sense of humor. A number of different countries across the Europe are covered with interesting anectodes and sharp critical observations at times. Narration is also very good and clear. Highly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David
    7/8/16
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    "Was thinking of stoppong half way through"
    Would you try another book written by Bill Bryson or narrated by William Roberts?

    No, although I liked some of the humour and the sarcasm, the narration was so annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    Althoug the book is about stereotypes, unfortunately a lot of them are very outdated. Woman in germany dont shave under the armpits? Split a stinking city, Sofia communistic....didnt want to make the effort to see Cologne after first impression, but went back in Itaky to the same poor city and walked through it.

    Got into way too many details at times. I enjoyed the hunour and sarcasm in some parts and then was about to stop when I listened for 5 minutes about some unnecessary details. Could have been half the size the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carl D.
    12/2/15
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    "As fantastic as always"
    Any additional comments?

    Just superb, I have listened to the whole collection atleast twice now and cannot recommend them enough. The writing style is superb, I could wax lyrical about the efficacy of his descriptive writing and humour but suffice it to say, you need to listen to these to fully appreciate just how good they are!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K. M. Woodhouse
    Rainham, Essex
    11/16/15
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    "Great book, great narration"

    Great narration of this great, hilarious book.

    The only problem is snorting with laughter while listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    Stonehouse, Glos, United Kingdom
    1/26/10
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    "An American in Europe"

    Dull is the adjective which characterises this book. Bryson seems to see nothing, appreciate nothing and spends endless time speculating how things and places would be improved by some kind of Americanisation. As a fan of Bill Bryson's writing I was surprised and disappointed by this book.

    13 of 25 people found this review helpful

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