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Reviewed: 10-11-2019

I love Dan Carlin and his Hardcore history podcast. But. This is not new material. In many places it is verbatim from his previous podcasts. Namely the blitz he did on ‘destroyer of worlds’. If you havnt listened to Dans podcasts this is very much worth the listen and very enjoyable, however if like me you have listened to all of his podcasts then maybe just re-listen yo ‘destroyer of worlds’ it’s pretty much the same...

Another masterpiece.

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Reviewed: 23-10-2019

I have not enjoyed a book as much as this since I first listened to ’a short history of nearly everything’ another Bryson classic. The level of detail and Brysons easy to absorb style of written lead to me arriving home several times, only to reverse out of driveway and drive aimlessly so I could continue listening. A must listen for anyone with a curious mind.

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Very interesting piece of history.

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Reviewed: 05-11-2018

Thoroughly enjoyed learning about a very early episode in the Australian continents foray onto the world stage. I did find some of the Dutch characters very similar sounding names (sometimes the same) confusing at points. Although the author does make attempts explain this in the prologue I still found it mildly confusing. Although I greatly enjoyed this book, and it may in fact be integral to the story, I feel the book becomes very monotonous and bogged down in the slaughter of victims on Batavia’s graveyard. All in all a very interesting, little known story, told by a easy to listen to narrator.

Highly recommended

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Reviewed: 20-07-2018

Very interesting listen, extremely detailed, perhaps bordering on too much detail in sections which slows the pace of the book. The narrator is very easy to listen to and I enjoyed the life he gives to the characters. A great Australian tale to which all Australians should be familiar with, I was surprised at how much I didn’t know about the expedition as I thought I was fairly familiar!

Absolutely delightful.

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Reviewed: 04-10-2015

Bill Bryson has certainly delivered. A very entertaining summery of his own trip. I found myself sitting in the vehicle long after I arrived at my destinations simply to hear which direction brysons trip would take at the next mountain pass or state line.
It is FUNNY, not in a slap stick way, but with his unique way with words which had me giggling at his encounters with other trail goers, as well as an unassuming public, which certainly had no reason to fathom being included in his tale.
And I learnt a lot about a trail I never would of otherwise, on the other side of the world, as well as about America, American life and the rise and fall of certain endeavours.
I may even plan my own hike! Perhaps a few days at first. And hopefully with a comically inept companion such as brysons!