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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Bryson's best with Google

I rarely write reviews and have been a memeber since almost the begining of Audible (sadly when I upgraded Audible forgot who I was before becoming a Platinum Listener). This was a thuroughly enjoyable listen and I found myself drawn to Google Maps over and over trying to equate the top down view with Bryson's on the street descriptions of the people and places.

If you need an in office vacation then I reccomend you download this book and spend your lunches listening to this book and mousing around Google Maps.


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- Shawn

Especially Europe and USA parts are brilliant

I've read or listened to nearly half of the Bryson's books. No need to mention that I'm a fan of his. This collection is composed of three separate books. The first one is about Britain. I think it's the faintest book of Bryson. Though, it's not bad after all. Maybe it contains too much local information that's too alien to us. It's not about being familiar with Britain. I've never been to Australia for instance, but I loved his book "In a Sunburned Country".

But the others are just brilliant. I bet you'll listen them again and again. The one in Europe makes you feel like you're traveling those places with a best possible travel companion. And the last one will make you understand better what an Ordinary American's life is like.
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- Bilgin Esme

Book Details

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