I'm a Stranger Here Myself
- Narrated by: Bill Bryson
- Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-15-99
- Language: English
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
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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. From garbage disposals ("everything a labor-saving device should be...and so dazzlingly good at what it does you cannot imagine how you ever managed without one") to careless barbers ("in the mirror I am confronted with an image that brings to mind a lemon meringue pie with ears"), I'm a Stranger Here Myself chronicles the quirkiest aspects of life in America, right down to our hardware-store lingo, tax-return instructions, and the cupholder revolution ("cupholders are taking over the world").
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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.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful