Down Under

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3 out of 5 stars
By Extraordinary Gent. on 04-26-15

It's OK but --------------------

It would have been much better, for me at least, if the book had been narrated by Bill Bryson himself, who has a delightful narration style and voice, or at least an Australian with an Aussie accent.
For one thing Australian pronunciations and stresses are, in many cases, a lot different from those practised by Americans (citizens of the USA)
This is not intended as 'Yankee Bashing' but a simple statement of fact. To hear some of the mis-pronunciations is at best laughable -------- at worst off putting.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Henry on 06-26-15

Excellent content, xenophobic reading

The content of the book is about spot on for what a visitor to Australia should expect and experience. Some of the information is a little dated (written in 1999) but is generally still quite relevant.

There is a lot of information in the book that many natives will not know or have forgotten.

The reading of it is a joke. It is clear that the only Australian that William Roberts has actually heard is from Crocodile Dundee. The accents for men, women and children, some characters of whom are well educated and respected people are all the stereotypical drawl that borders on offensive.

A great book heavily marred by the reading.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Proud Mum on 08-31-15

Great story but the narrator let it down.

Bill Bryson is definitely a gifted story teller. It was such a shame he wasn't the narrator as I feel Roberts didn't do the book justice. As an Australian I cringed at his poor Aussie accent and his inability to correctly pronounce many words but none more so than Uluru. Of course I'll buy more of Bryson's books, but not the audible version (especially if William Roberts is the narrator).

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 04-28-16

Perfect match!

Thanks Bill for a wonderful account of your travels and thank you William for your great narration. I think this author and narrator are the perfect match. While some of my fellow Aussies might grumble at the mispronunciation of some of people and places - I don't mind. It adds to the charm of the book. Besides, who is to say who's right or wrong...? Keep up the great work and thank you again!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By droimar on 04-11-15

Fun and informative

All-round great, but some inaccuracies, and the narrator's Australian accent sounded more like a Brooklyn accent at times. And, strangely, all Australians sounded almost identical. But it was part of the charm.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Eachan Harrison on 02-03-15

It ended!?!

Very disappointed that it finished! I look forward to his next Australian sojourn novel! I was reaĺly hoping he would experience The Kimberley and Tasmania as well!

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