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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would recommend Neither Here Nor There with reservations, because the actual traveling-around-Europe portion of the book is exactly what I wanted from Bryson. Unfortunately, he indulges too much in digressions where he displays quite unlovable character traits, some of which include:<br/><br/>-despising all dogs and most animals in general<br/>-shameless objectification of women<br/>-defending his complete lack of remorse over beating up the fat kid in his middle school.<br/><br/>In a travel book, I seek to identify with the author so that I may see the places he goes through his eyes. Bryson's digressions make this very difficult, and it is hard to understand why his editor permitted them to remain in the work, since they are so extraneous to the purpose of the work.
What do you think your next listen will be?
I think there is a book that covers his ORIGINAL trip through Europe with Katz, and as a fan of A Walk In The Woods, I'm curious about that one.
What didn’t you like about William Roberts’s performance?
Bryson freely admits being completely ignorant of all non-English languages, except for mostly-forgotten lesson in school. Despite this, Roberts continually indulges in heavy accents and pronunciations that feel false in the context that Bryson has created.
Do you think Neither Here nor There needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Nope. I don't want to tempt Bryson into deeper navel-gazing, since this book took him to some pretty dark places already.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Neither Here nor There to be better than the print version?
It is difficult to compare audio editions with the print versions in most cases. When listening to others read a book, I almost always find I would have read it in a slightly different way. When I read a book, I put my own voices on the dialog, and I have my own way of reading and interpreting the sentences. These are small, subtle changes that I find important for my reading experience. <br/><br/>William Roberts does an excellent job narrating this book. I mean, Bill Bryson is who he is, funny, a great storyteller, and able to make almost any subject appear intriguing through his observations. I've read a book by him before, so I knew what I was getting for content. Therefore, William Roberts' narration came as a pleasant surprise and really made the listen a very enjoyable experience. He read with a voice much better than my own internal one, and in my opinion, emphasizing exactly the right words for each sentence, thus bringing out those extra subtleties I enjoy. <br/><br/>Therefore, I'm inclined to consider the audio edition better than the print version in this case.<br/>
What was one of the most memorable moments of Neither Here nor There?
Being from Norway, I obviously found the part where he travels to Norway particularly interesting. It is interesting to hear a foreign take of one's own culture. It is clear however, that the book is more than 20 years old now, so there's a lot of those small cultural observations that no longer applies. But, I'm old enough to remember!
Which scene was your favorite?
I'm not going to lift a particular scene up to favorite status. The book was generally enjoyable, and not to mention a reminder of how much the world and particularly Europe has changed during the last 20 years. Some cultural differences have disappeared, some have emerged, as with currencies, politics, customs and culture. <br/><br/>In a way, the stories and observations are a bit outdated, but for someone of my age, that didn't lower the reading experience.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
If I had had the opportunity to do so, I probably would do so. But then again, I would with any book, I guess.
Any additional comments?
In summary, I would say a very enjoyable listen, great but slightly outdated content, but with excellent narration.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Narrator was Excellent. Story was not quite as good as the other book "a walk in the woods". Observations and insights not quite as funny as last book either.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I have only read one of Brysons books before and found this to be in the same lighthearted, yet educational style. Had me chuckling outloud.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
sentences read with one liner swagger, a stand up comedy that lacked variety and rhythm
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Then buy it if not forget it and you have to write nineteen words to leave a review! What next?
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