I'm a Stranger Here Myself

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4 out of 5 stars
By Cather on 12-22-06


This isn't a deep meaningful book. It's not even really a book so much as a collection of columns. Having finished it, I couldn't tell you what was in it. But I can tell you that I enjoyed it immensely, in a laugh-out-loud-in-several-places way.

The real problem is that some crackhead in an office somewhere decided that it needed to be abridged, because apparently people who buy audiobooks don't like hearing long engaging stuff by talented writers that make fabulous readers.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Beverly on 09-09-08

AKA "Notes from a Big Country"

I love Bill Bryson and would love to hear and read everything he has written. So a word of caution to those like myself. "I'm A Stranger Here Myself" was published in Britain as "Notes from a Big Country". Do not make the same mistake as I did and purchase it twice.

Otherwise, I enjoy Bryson's wit and sarcasm. I laughed out loud several times listening to this.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By John on 05-27-04

A little disappointing

I wouldn't go so far as to say "worst book," but this one was pretty disappointing. I'm a big fan of Bill Bryson, but this book -- which is a collection of newspaper columns -- seems choppy and gets more than a little formulaic. Practically every one ends with "Now, if you'll excuse me, I must go (do something related to what I was just talking about)," something you can get away with, I suppose, as long as people aren't reading a string of your columns at once. It's clear Bryson is more comfortable with and much better at the longer format.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 07-30-05

Poor Bryson

Even if you are a Bryson fan, I would pass on this book. Bryson explains (warns) at the begining that this is just a collection of weekly columns that he wrote for a British magazine, and that he often did not really have much to stay. I am a fan of his work, and thought he was being modest - he wasn't. It is very clear that most of the columns were written at the last moment and based on what he did that day or is seeing out the window - and those are the good ones. For the others it seems that he just picked an article out of the paper, grabbed a few facts (usually getting them wrong) and then get sanctimonious about the subject he clearly does not have any clue about. Perhaps he felt that his British readers would not know any better. Imagine if you took Seinfield's "observational humor", removed ALL the humor and then even botched most of the observations. Extremely disappointing.

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8 of 11 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Ray on 06-02-11

Not His Usual Fare

I've always rated Bryson highly, I recommend his books, and give them away as gifts.

This book however is just really bad. It's a compilation of magazine articles written for a British audience so he really just ripping on America in every segment, and it's not even funny stuff.

That's not some flag waving defense of the ol' homeland either. I mean I absolutely love his other books, if I had a problem with his politics I would have fell out with him over those as well where he's not necessarily shy about his ideological views. But those views don't interfere or define his writing though.

In this book however they do define the writing, and it's just not very good.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Laurie on 02-19-05

The funniest thing in print!

I laughed out loud, I giggled for days and I still can't look at ice skates in the same way after reading Bryson's piece in this book called "Winter Sports."

The rest of the book containes erudite observations and an excrucitating and hilarious view of grown-up life in America. Read it, you won't retret it.

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