Comedy and history (or a combination of both) are my listening choices. Oh, and Bill Bryson.
Contrary to other reviews of this audio book I liked the swearing within it as I could relate to it in the situations the author got into (particularly with the so-called 'driving instructor).
I found this book to be funny but also very informative. It was refreshing to see an author acknowledge where his own personal information was lacking and was keen to praise those characters he met along the way that enlightened him. It was also at times appropriately poignant, particularly at the end.
I would strongly recommend this to anyone who loves British history combined with a love of long walks!
Once again another great listen from a Mr Bryson book. His trip around nearly all the US states has it all, pride, shame, fear about his homeland but above all it's really funny. You certainly cannot accuse Mr Bryson of being completely (and typically) gung-ho about his country and compatriots and he does tell it how it is. I certainly would recommend having a map of the country handy too so you can try and follow his progress.
As for the Roberts vs Bryson debate that other reviewers mention, I think they are both great narrators. So there!
Loved listening to this book but I must admit to sharing Mr Maconie's political views. I think some of the more more right wing inclined listeners will not enjoy or agree with some of the views expressed but regardless, it is still a fascinating listen and gives an alternative opinion to some of the key events the in the last century than that expressed in the tabloids.
Highy recommended and a great follow-up to 'Pies and Prejudice'.