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Notes From a Small Island

Narrated by: William Roberts
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him. But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of modern-day Britain, and to analyze what he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, zebra crossings, and place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey, and Shellow Bowells. With wit and irreverence, Bill Bryson presents the ludicrous and the endearing in equal measure. The result is a social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain.
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Laugh out loud

Laugh out loud. Great Bryson insights as usual. He makes you want to go travelling.

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Just not for me

Some years ago I had read a Bryson novel regarding his observations of American culture. It was a great read and hence I was somewhat excited at the prospect of having one of Bryson's more popular works read to me.

I found it to be frankly dull. This flies in the face of the overwhelming majority of other reviews both here and Amazon. It just didn't do it for me which is a shame.

I tried restarting several times but alas, simply could not become enthusiastic. To my mind the narrator is fine, but the content had the flair of unleavened bread. I don't believe my standards for interest are overly high as I will happily watch a five day test cricket match.

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