The Lost Continent

  • by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by Kerry Shales
  • 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America. From the Deep South to the Wild West, from Elvis' birthplace through to Custer's Last Stand, Bryson visits places he re-named Dullard, Coma, and Doldrum (so the residents don't sue or come after him with baseball bats). But his hopes of finding the American dream end in a nightmare of greed, ignorance, and pollution. This is a wickedly witty and savagely funny assessment of a country lost to itself, and to him. Travel through small-town America with Kerry Shale's popular BBC Radio 4 reading of Bill Bryson's comic travelogue.


What the Critics Say

"Hilarious....He can be suave, sarcastic and very funny..not your typical travel writer." (Sunday Telegraph)


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I love Bill Bryson's work. Always warm, with a good bit of humor. Listening to his work is always a pleasure with his unique drawl.

THIS READING IS TERRIBLE! The reader on this book is NOT Bryson. He reminds me of the old Fed Ex guy talking so fast as if he can't wait to get it over with. His voice is full of anger and impatience. Every time the reader "does a voice" it sounds like everybody is from the deep south (hint... Des Moines Iowa is in the midwest).

I regret wasting space on my iPod for this pathetic reading. Download any other Bryson work and you'll love it, but avoid this one!
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- Erick

An awful reading of this book

Unlike all the other Bill Bryson books offered by Audible, this book is NOT read by the author. I have downloaded every other book here, but will avoid this one. Just click on "Hear Sample". This reader appears to be in a real hurry to finish the book! I was look forward to adding this audio book to my collection, but will read it myself in good old paper format.
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited