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Chelsea

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Fantastic book, annoying narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-2020

This book is really well written. I learned a lot about canned lion hunting in South Africa. I used to believe the propaganda that hunting actually helps with conservation, but this book explains why those claims are false. Unfortunately, the narrator mispronounces a bunch of words. Hearing “says” pronounced like “days” got really, really annoying (it comes up constantly). Otherwise his voice is nice. Definitely worth listening to (or reading) this book.

Narrator is robotic

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-2020

I cannot attest to the content of this audiobook because I could not handle the narrator. She is so robotic that I could not listen to more than 10 mins. Will be buying on kindle instead.

Not Bryson’s best

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-2019

This book’s content is fairly average for a Bryson book. A lot of what he talks about is just high school biology. But the worst part is the narration. It’s awful! Bryson should not narrate his own books. He is monotone and slurs his words. Please please get William Roberts to narrate Bryson books - he ‘gets’ Bryson’s writing.

11 people found this helpful

Very enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-2019

Fans of Veep will love this audiobook. It is performed so perfectly by Selina and Gary. I actually can’t imagine it working as a regular book, because almost all the comedy comes in the delivery.

2 people found this helpful

Funny and delightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-2019

This was such a delightful listen. It’s a story of a group of incompetent men and their socially inept leader as they try to climb the highest mountain in the world, Rum Doodle. Consistently silly in a funny way, and read so perfectly by Terry Whale. If you enjoy Bill Bryson or Alan Partridge, I highly recommend giving this little treasure a listen.

Narrator ruins it

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-2019

This book has been totally ruined by the narrator. She is so clearly Australian trying to be English. Why not just hire an English person? Her terrible English accent grates on my ears to the point that I can’t enjoy this book. I am going to return it and read the book instead.

8 people found this helpful