Notes from a Small Island

  • by Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Grab your umbrella and join best-selling author Bill Bryson for a grand tour through the heartland of the United Kingdom. As he wanders through tiny villages and bustling cities, his irreverent travelogue will keep you laughing out loud and eager to explore what lies just around the next corner. Before he returns to the United States after nearly two decades on British soil, Bryson decides to take a farewell jaunt through his adopted homeland. But his plans to neatly traverse the island by foot, bus, and train are soon thwarted. On weekends, odd train and bus schedules leave him stranded in isolated communities with damp, moldering inns. And as a destination beckons above the rooftops, a maze of city streets leads him further away. Amidst the difficulties, Bryson encounters quirky age-old customs, charming architecture, and salt-of-the-earth inhabitants. His uproarious social commentary and Ron McLarty’s warm and witty performance will leave you feeling as if you have actually been travelling across the enchanting island.

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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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- Sharon

Disastrous, condescending, ignorant and offensive

Bill Bryson wrote a lovely book. Then some inbred yank moron was given the task of reading it and decided to unleash every moronic parochial ignorant condescending notion he could muster up on the reading.

THIS SHOULD BE WITHDRAWN for the travesty that it is.

The smearing delivery is a disgrace to the book
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- Chris H

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books