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Notes From a Big Country Audiobook

Notes From a Big Country

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Publisher's Summary

Des Moines, Iowa-born writer Bryson's first success was the travel book The Lost Continent. After living in England for several years, he wanted to go back to the USA to find the perfect little US town of his past, he lovingly called Amalgam. More travel books followed, in the form of Neither Here Nor There (where he travels through Europe), Notes From A Small Island (where he travels around the United Kingdom, before returning back to the USA to live there for good) and A Walk In The Woods (where he walks the Appalachian trail). After moving back to the States, Bryson started to write a column for The Mail on Sunday Night and Day magazine. This is a collection of these column entries. Bryson writes about everything from everyday chores, to suing people, the beach, TV, movies, air conditioners, college, Americana, injury dangers, wasting resources, and holiday seasons.

©1998 Bill Bryson; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is Bryson at his best." (Amazon.co.uk)

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    Sara 27/06/2015
    Sara 27/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting"

    Pithy observations and a great insight on the American view of the world in the late 90s.

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  • J-H2O
    3/10/06
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    "Bitter or Sweet ? I'm not sure !"

    I really enjoy Bill Bryson and his sense of observational humour really appeals however, although this was funny at times, because it was a collection of smaller clips I found that I could not get my teeth into it as much. It is worth having in a collection because it is enjoyable but I would not put it high on my list of Bill Bryson must haves. I was expecting it to be like Notes From A Small Island but in this respect I was a little dissappointed.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    STEVENAGE, United Kingdom
    8/07/15
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    "The usual"

    Brilliant written as usual.
    Excellently read as usual.
    A joy to listen to as usual.
    Do yourself a favour and get this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zara
    19/03/15
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    "Great book, well written."

    Overall a fantastic buy but for me William Roberts does not have a voice I appreciate listening to hours of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • maria rocke
    31/12/14
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    ":) loved it"

    Loved the book and I enjoyed the narrator's reading.... If you like Bill Bryson's witty view of life you will love this one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    31/05/10
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    "Great book, terrible narration"

    As an avid fan of Bill Bryson, I couldn't wait to download and play this, possibly my favourite book of his. Unfortunately the narrator's voice is so grating and misinterpretive of the content, I cannot listen for more than 10 minutes at a time. It's such a shame. I gave 3 stars for the content, I really love this book, but had to take away for the narration.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Plumstead, London, United Kingdom
    25/03/08
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    "Very Entertaining"

    As always, Mr Bryson is very entertaining, and he provides a very interesting account of the trials and tribultations of returning to your mother country after years of being an Alien in another land.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • P. Sharples
    19/11/16
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    "Prefer Bill reading his books"

    While Bill's stories are always entertaining, I much prefer the versions where it is Bill himself reading them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrsmcnair
    Scotland
    20/10/16
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    "Bite size chunks of Bill"

    Bill Bryson can do no wrong for me, so I'm never going to submit a bad review. I enjoyed reading this, a collection of his newspaper columns. I like the narrator and his style. A really enjoyable look at American life.

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  • Susan
    23/09/16
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    "Enjoyable listen in short bursts"

    I did enjoy this although I do prefer Bill Bryson's own voice. As I too have lived in both the U.S.A. and the U.K. these stories resonated for me and made me chuckle and grimace at all the same things. Nothing seemed too far fetched although at times it must have been.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maid Marian
    Sherwood Forest
    15/08/16
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    "Excellent, once again"

    Yes, I'm a big Bill Bryson fan and this selection from his newspaper column is written specifically for we Brits, in order to better understand Americans. As usual, there are many laugh-out-loud moments, enhanced by William Roberts' excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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