In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations.
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I loved 'notes from a small island' so thought I would enjoy thus. it was OK, it passed the time, but I was left feeling that someone who may have got more out of it should have taken the European trip. he was just passing the time and seemed not to enjoy it. although I did enjoy the northern lights at the beginning I otherwise found the whole trip uninspiring.
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.
Roberts excels once again. This is not my favourite Bryson book by any means but I absolutely adore the narration. Waiting for him to do "Thunderbolt Kid"
Bill has a great expressive word power. He describes the situations, people and places with brilliance. His descriptive account of European travels creates an enjoyable picture to the listeners. I enjoyed the audio and got hooked on it.
A very lighthearted approach to Bill Bryson's travels around Europe. The author makes it a fun to listen to his travel memoir with his sophisticated sense of humor. A number of different countries across the Europe are covered with interesting anectodes and sharp critical observations at times. Narration is also very good and clear. Highly recommended.
Dull is the adjective which characterises this book. Bryson seems to see nothing, appreciate nothing and spends endless time speculating how things and places would be improved by some kind of Americanisation. As a fan of Bill Bryson's writing I was surprised and disappointed by this book.
lazy book lovers paradise - thank you Audible!
Well written, informative, interesting and humorous. Everything in fact that has made Bill Bryson such a popular and best selling author.
William Roberts is a wonderful Bryson interpreter and does a great job with this book once again.
If you like Bill Bryson's work or just want to try it this is as good a place to start as any.
Racist and tasteless - shows its age. I kept telling myself that I'm too easily offended and then he'd come out with some comment about wanting to help an unconscious young woman so that he could sneak a grope (that's assault, just to remind everyone), or Arabs pausing in line at the bank to pray to Allah and sacrifice a goat.
Why can't a travel book be funny without slagging off the people of basically every nation visited and making sweeping stereotyped generalisations?
An amazing book. Dated now, but really highlights the depth and complexity of the parts of Europe Bryson visited. Written in his signature style, with much wit, this is a treasure. Narrator does a great job too. Really entertaining.
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