Notes From a Small Island

  • by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by William Roberts
  • 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him. But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of modern-day Britain, and to analyze what he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, zebra crossings, and place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey, and Shellow Bowells. With wit and irreverence, Bill Bryson presents the ludicrous and the endearing in equal measure. The result is a social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.

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Great Read, Great Laugh

I've been a Bill Bryson fan for years now, and as funny as his books are, listening to this one definitely made it even more enjoyable. It was a bit embarrassing when I kept bursting out laughing in public, but it's a very small price to pay for the great entertainment.
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- Donna

Feelgood therapy - a must-read!

If you could sum up Notes From a Small Island in three words, what would they be?

Humour, warmth and passion.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Notes From a Small Island?

The whole book is a pearl necklace of memorable moments!


What does William Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

William Roberts is the perfect narrator! Mr. Roberts - if you read these reviews - THANK YOU!


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- H.B. Teicher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2006
  • Publisher: Audible Studios