©1995 Bill Bryson; (P)1996 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
I love Bill Bryson's book and this is, by far, my favourite.
It's a while since I heard this originally broadcast on Radio 4 and I'd forgotten how much better it is as a native Brit to hear it read in an american accent as it makes Bryson's journey and experiences more charming and entertaining.
I thoroughly recommend this, even for diehard fans of the book - it gives it a whole new perspective!
If the town you live in is featured in this book Bryson is not likely to leave you with a feel good factor of your home. Though this book is typically Bryson with the genuinely funny moments you'd expect, as the book goes on it does seem to cross over in to a bit of a moan about anything and everything. Gets to the point where it becomes a little energy sapping. Though it's Bryson's style so I'm still a fan. What was unforgivable and the knocked off a star, were the factually incorrect parts that for such a smart man were enough to rock confidence in his travel accounts and revealed a previously unseen sloppiness in his writing. For instance, asserting Glasgow as the capital of Scotland was just one that stood out.
I was first introduced to this book in the mid 1990's and i was amazed that a travel book could appeal so much to an uncultured youth such as myself. It is hard to know what is so appealing, the flattery that an american could find so much interest in the things we pass everyday or having another view of places we remember visiting but never really got yo know.
This audiobook was the first one I bought several years ago I hoped to experience the same feelings as when I first bought the book many years earlier, I'm glad to say Bill didn't disappoint. This audiobook is of the highest quality in writng and delivery.
This book is another good Bryson. A well narrated farewell tour of Britain in Bryson's usual style. It's lovely to hear of his descriptions and experiences of familiar places to me. It's a good book but not his best, rather too much description of his train journey, but I guess that's inevitable given his mode of transport for the trip, and not quite as funny as other books of his that I've listened to. Still worth reading/listening to though.
I love Bill Bryson's books, and I particularly love them read by William Roberts, whose voice and interpretation are perfect. This was no exception. 5 star!
Enjoyed this book immensely, reminded me of days gone by, and the hope that we still clung to all that was good about being British.
This book is so funny and such a great read/listen its one book i have on hand to listen time after time you can relate to everything hoing on must have great stuff
Many years since I read this book, but it is still terrific and the narration was perfect. It may be some time since Bill went round Britain, but it really could have been written last week!
Bit of a newbie listener, still trying to find out what I like
I was pointed in the direction of Bill Bryson as a comic travel writer. I picked notes-from-a-small-island as something I could relate to. I found some areas of his tales rather long winded (this guy loves his lists!), and other areas sadly lacking. Wales was covered in one day! I did listen all the way through but towards the end I felt myself not really paying attention.
"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.
"Bill at his Best"
Yes, in a book like this is better than printed.
Well it has to be Down Under by Bill Bryson too. I am English by birth but now an Australian, I learned more about Australian history from Bill reading Down Under than others as he seems to pick those stories that is well, just darn more interesting. He does the same here about the English.
Bacon and Eggs, early morning rain and cold... I remember it so well. Cold wind Swept port towns dark and closed. Yep remember those well.
Cringe maybe, as I have memories like these myself. Cringe in a nice way Bill.
Enjoyable, if you grew up in England through the 70's and 80's a lot of this will hit home. But for anyone else, it is still a fun read/listen.
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