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By Sharon on 03-19-12
Appallingly badly read
Although I already own the Abridged version of this book, I bought this Unabridged version because I enjoy Bill Bryson's books so much. What a huge disappointment. The book was completely spoilt by a reader who was incapable of pronouncing British place names. Salisbury, Newquay, Weston-super-mare...... I am not sure I am capable of listening all the way to the end. In addition there are parts of the book that have a crackly quality.
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By Renee Hetter on 05-27-13
Bad narration, dated stories
I enjoy Bill Bryson and have his books in text. But I like to listen to audio books as I knit so I bought this. Not worth it. The essays have become dated, not the fault of Bryson or the narrator but something to be aware of. The narrator was bad enough that I actually looked him up online to see if he was a native American English speaker or trying to fake an American accent. I was amazed to find he was from Rhode Island and a famous character actor. I won't be buying any other books narrated by him.
As those who read Bryson's books know, he can be peevish at times, Maybe it was my irritation at the narration, but the peevishness came across not as amusing, but more jerk-ish (I was going to use another word for jerk, but I don't know who is reading this review. Use your imagination).
I cannot recommend this audio book.
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