M. R. Kaspar

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Engaging and informative with quirky details

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-2020

The amount of historical and factual detail Bill Bryson manages to weave together seemingly effortlessly in this book is astounding. What sets his style apart and makes it noteworthy is that in an endearing and chatming manner he intersperses 'dry' facts with the human foibles and twists of fate that brought them to our knowledge. By offering the information this way I become aware that I, the reader/listener, too, am on this historical continuum and we are all in this together. I also enjoyed the clear unpretentious reading by the author himself, which was as engaging as the material.

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Well written, informative AND engaging

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-2020

This was so pleasant to listen to mainly due to the comprehensive and apparently well-researched content, which is presented interspersed with engaging human background stories (a Bryson hallmark). I would have preferred that the narrator had not tried to read in a poorly executed Australuan accent, which suddenly made the impeccable narration awkward. Thankfully this part was only short.