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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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  • Lexloco
  • 19-11-2018

Delightful!

This is a delightful series of observations of the sort that only Bill Bryson can make. As always, he had me laughing and thinking. If you have never had the double pleasure of being exposed to Bill Bryson's writing and having the joy of hearing him read it, this is as good as any point to start. And you should start; you are in for a treat, and one which will have you hooked for many books to come. If you have already been exposed to him, I'm not really sure why you're reading this review. Purchase it already

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  • Gert
  • 20-09-2018

Dreadful! Bias! Unimaginative! Arrogant!

This book honestly destroyed any respect I had for the author, and even though I found it quite entertaining at first, during the final chapter it suddenly dawned on me that the reason I've always found his books funny is because Bill Bryson is in essence simply a bias asshole and should never write another book in his life. I suddenly felt a great sense of shame for allowing myself to enjoy his simple minded works in the past. With this single book he has managed to destroy each and every positive thought I have ever had about him and all his past publications. He is to put it quite plainly, the very definition of a bias, spoiled, unimaginative, arrogant American (or is he British now). I feel absolutely disgusted in the amounts of money I've spent in past years on this vile and disrespectful author's work.

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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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  • flora
  • 25-07-2021

fantastic!

fantastic! love bill bryson reading his own books. far better than the other narrators. hes got a great sarcastic droll sense of humour, very funny stories. the only parts I didnt like were the weird musical accompaniments, luckily they didn't happen often, very irritating. otherwise a great book!

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  • A. Hemens
  • 15-09-2020

Love Bill Bryson Travel Stories

A great audio book - really enjoyed Bill’s travel experiences and anecdotes. Certainly recommend this to anyone.

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  • Biads
  • 13-08-2020

Love bill bryson

Was really enjoyable. If you like bill bryson you will definitely enjoy this one.

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  • Kah Yang Chong
  • 04-04-2020

1991. wow

To relive 1991 in 2020, a very interesting insight on how things are still the same and yet have changed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-09-2019

The first book I fell in love with!!

My desert Island book. Great to have it read aloud by Bill himself. Lived it. Thank you.

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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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  • 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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