I'm a Stranger Here Myself

  • by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by William Roberts
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens - as he later put it, "It was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, 24-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.
Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended, if at times bemused, love letter to the homeland he has returned to after 20 years away.


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How strange! Not as recently written as described.

Bryson fans and strangers to Bryson alike may be misled as I was by the advertised description of these pieces as recent. Depends on how you define recent! Do not expect pithy observations on this century's catastrophes, elections, current TSA procedures, celebrity culture, and/or texting, tweeting, FBing. For instance, he writes with wonder of such artifacts as microwave pancakes. Brilliant and au courant not. Microwave pancakes are hardly a new invention. Having been to England myself this century I know High Street food shops and the big chains there sell them and have for years. A quibble? No. As it turns out, these pieces were written some time ago - decades ago? However, Bryson still amuses and William Roberts captures the quirky tone of Bill Bryson's ambling style well. Old Bryson is better than no Bryson.
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- Lynn "Writer, painter and unabashed romantic with passion for history and mystery."

Dismal and putrid

I listen to an average of 3 or more audible books per month and have done so for awhile. I usually don't bother to review books, but this one was so bad I was compelled to write a review. I have read other Bill Bryson books , At Home & his Shakespeare book, & enjoyed them, but this one is a dud. It is a collection of columns he wrote for a British newspaper in the 90's. The colums are dated and consist mostly of bashing Americans to amuse the Brits. I wouldn't mind the bashing if the columns were witty, but these are not. I realize Bryson has made his living as a "professional American" among the Brits, and these columns probably were his bread and butter in the UK, but this book just leaves a bad taste in my my mouth. In these columns Bryson panders to the Brits making sure to emphasize what unsophisticated rubes Americans are. Also, there is a little too much political correctness involved and all the preachy left wing drivel is at odds with the humor he is trying to invoke. I listened to the first part and part of the second, but couldn't finish the book. This is the first audible book I have ever abandoned. After listening to this twadle, my main thought was that our idea to separate ourselves from the British was THE BEST IDEA EVER. I know we have plenty of faults, but thank goodness we are independent.
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- SF girl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio