Bill Bryson Collector's Edition

  • by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by Bill Bryson
  • 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Notes from a Small Island
After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.Neither Here nor There
Thirty years after backpacking across Europe, Bryson decides to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth, carrying with him a bag of maps, old clothes, and a stinging wit honed to razor sharpness by two decades of adult experience.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Bryson reads "somewhere" that nearly three million Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens; clearly the Americans need him back. So after years of raising his family in Britain with his English wife, the brood moves to the States, allowing Bill to chronicle the quirkiest aspects of life in America as he reveals his own rules for life.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A humorist in the Mark Twain tradition.

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

Great listen! You can start just about anywhere in the recording and enjoy it. Hugely entertaining, and enlightening.


What other book might you compare Bill Bryson Collector's Edition to and why?

So far every Bryson book we've tried has been both a great read and a great audio experience. These include : A Walk in the Woods, A Short History of Nearly Everything, At Home, In A Sunburned Country, and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid. These make great gifts too - especially for anyone who has a tedious commute or is laid up in bed for any period of time - Bryson' s take on the world is always unique and often laugh out loud hilarious.


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- C. Montgomery

So good I hated for it to end

What did you love best about Bill Bryson Collector's Edition?

The fact that Bill Bryson narrated it. No one else could have captured his style, I don't think.


What other book might you compare Bill Bryson Collector's Edition to and why?

His " At Home," I suppose.


What does Bill Bryson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He just makes me laugh. He brings so much humor to his travel experiences that he makes you want to go to even the places he did not like.


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

If I had the time to, I could sit there all say listening to this audiobook.


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- J. Dominy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio