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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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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.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is the only Bill Bryson book I can find here read by Kerry Shales. When I Was younger we used to listen to Bryson in the car - and all were read by Kerry Shales. His delivery, and his character voices are superb and really make me laugh and listen.
I haven't listened to the other narrator but I'm worried it won't live up to the superb Shales.
Audible PLEASE FIND THE OTHER BOOKS HE'S NARRATED!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I remember listening to this with my mum when we were on a long car journey, and for some strange reason I tried to find it, I had given up until I thought I would try the previews, and there was Kerry Shale's familiar voice!!
Kerry Shale is a great narrator, and could make the phonebook sound funny, so added to Bill Bryson' s wit it makes a good 2 hours pastime!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful