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Bill Bryson's first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here Nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student 20 years before.

Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture, and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.

©2004 Bill Bryson (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Nina
  • 02-06-2010

A dissapointment after other Bryson's tales

Having listened to A Walk in the Woods and having read Notes from a Small Island I was really looking forward to Bryson's account on his travels in Europe. And... I was hugely disappointed. Not only by the narration but by the book itself finding it angry and arrogant. While Bryson is for sure a great author he must have written it when he was in a particularly upset mood, there seem to be just a few places that he actually liked while traveling around Europe. He should also leave the reading to someone else, nothing spoils the seldom occurring funny tale than a flat voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-2015

love it!!!

love him and his unique way of loomi g at the world. listen to time and time again

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  • Oliver Mahoney
  • 07-04-2018

Loved It!

Inspiring and funny, just down right brilliant. If you're not inspired to leave through your door to Europe or the rest of the world right away, there's nothing that'll make you.

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  • Katie Price
  • 22-01-2018

Bit jingoistic.Some nice turns of phrase.

This was the first book I'd read by Bill Bryson. I do think that there are better travel writers, who steer clear of empty national sterotyping ...

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  • Linda Firth
  • 11-06-2017

Perfect

Will no doubt listen to this again and again. just a shame it's abridged - I'd love to have the full book read by Bryson.

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  • "newfavourite"
  • 16-05-2017

I heart Bill

Bill Bryson is just great. Here he is reading some words he wrote. well done

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  • Owen Lloyd
  • 13-10-2016

Great.

Great narration and story. Very funny and definitely worth a listen. Recommend to any fan of humour, wit and relaxation.

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  • Susan
  • 04-09-2016

A picture painted

You certainly get an excellent portrait of the diversity of Europe and its major cities. I really like Bill Bryson's narrative style and he brings out the humour so well in his laconic way.

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  • Dave
  • 03-08-2016

A modern classic

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  • Squeakable
  • 21-06-2016

Hilarious.

laughed out loud again and again. engaging performance from the author. very enjoyable listen :)