• Down Under

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-01-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (156 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.
©2000 Bill Bryson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 02-18-10

A safe bet!

I was first introduced to Bill Bryson, and first read Down Under during a 2 year holiday in the UK (I am Australian). It has been a long time since then and I thought this would be a great book to revisit and to cut my teeth on Audible as a new subscriber. The book was a great laugh and Bill portrays Australians and Australia in a way that makes me want to go there! :)

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4 out of 5 stars
By Pete frier on 07-02-12

great read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As all Bill Bryson books I have read so far this is full of interesting facts that show the countries good and bad points in detail.

What did you like best about this story?

His time spent on the Barrier Reef

What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

His diction and clearity of voice

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just pure interest

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to listening to his other books having read most already

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynette Morris on 12-24-12

Hilarious

Bill Bryson is witty, entertaining and thought-provoking and this book is all of those. It's easy to read, makes you laugh out loud and gets the grey matter working. I am from Down Under and it was fun hearing about Australia from a foreigner's perspective. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By S on 05-18-16

Awful accent - buy the author-narrated version

What would have made Down Under better?

Either an Australian narrator, or the American not attempt a dreadful accent

What did you like best about this story?

Bryson's writing is superb

What didn’t you like about William Roberts’s performance?

His 'Australian' accent

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story is great, the performance is dreadful

Any additional comments?

Buy the version ('In a sunburned country') that's narrated by Bryson himself instead!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/055350259X/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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3 out of 5 stars
By Extraordinary Gent. on 04-26-15

It's OK but --------------------

It would have been much better, for me at least, if the book had been narrated by Bill Bryson himself, who has a delightful narration style and voice, or at least an Australian with an Aussie accent.
For one thing Australian pronunciations and stresses are, in many cases, a lot different from those practised by Americans (citizens of the USA)
This is not intended as 'Yankee Bashing' but a simple statement of fact. To hear some of the mis-pronunciations is at best laughable -------- at worst off putting.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Henry on 06-26-15

Excellent content, xenophobic reading

The content of the book is about spot on for what a visitor to Australia should expect and experience. Some of the information is a little dated (written in 1999) but is generally still quite relevant.

There is a lot of information in the book that many natives will not know or have forgotten.

The reading of it is a joke. It is clear that the only Australian that William Roberts has actually heard is from Crocodile Dundee. The accents for men, women and children, some characters of whom are well educated and respected people are all the stereotypical drawl that borders on offensive.

A great book heavily marred by the reading.

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