I'm a Stranger Here Myself

  • by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by Bill Bryson
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After living in Britain for 2 decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and 4 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. 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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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.
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- Cather

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.
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- Beverly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio