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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (32,975 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Bryson Narrator: Bill Bryson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553753172
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Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the WoodsIn A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity.

Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kateclysm | 2/10/2014

    " I always love Bryson, he brings a certain open and friendly point of view to traveling that I wish I had. It's awesome to be able to 'follow' him on his travels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess Tait | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed this. So funny, laughed hard many times. And interesting to read an outsider's perspective of our wide red land. Great detail and history with a healthy dose of personality. I want to travel Australia again. I wish I'd known half as much as he did when I travelled it all those years ago. Easy and hilarious, one of those books you read with relief and joy. Recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harley | 1/18/2014

    " This is a great read, had me laughing so hard it was scary. A insightful "outside" look at Australia and the people, presented in an easy to read manner, but jam-packed full of interesting bits of information about Australia I never knew before. It really give me the desire to go exploring around the country more than I have already. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Haines | 1/15/2014

    " This is trademark Bryson at his best, traveling around Australia and making witty comments. The book really gets good when he gets a traveling companion, similar to when his buddy joins him on the Appalachian Trail in A Walk in the Woods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iwannazombie | 1/13/2014

    " hilarious! But I still don't want to visit Australia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/11/2014

    " Absolutely hillarious observations and experiences in Oz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 12/31/2013

    " 4 April 2012 -- a confronting read as an Australian. This is a book definitely written with an American audience in mind. Appreciated the research into Australian history was done in a comprehensive and accurate manner. Liked the anecdotes of his interactions with people. Very funny in places. Not sure if I would recommend this to someone visiting Australia or not. Perhaps more suitable for someone who has already visited. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/26/2013

    " I always enjoy Bryson's book, but this one was a bit slower that his others. Australia is fascinating and full of more deadly plants and animals than any place in the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Newgirl | 12/20/2013

    " Very funny and full of information, from someone who obviously loves the country. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbey Road | 12/12/2013

    " Took me 10 years to finish reading it, a tad too long and whimsical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 12/10/2013

    " Laughed until I cried in some parts of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 11/8/2013

    " i thought it was a humorous, informative read, but it did not add a lot of enjoyment to my life. I could have lived without it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Ball | 10/25/2013

    " Bryson may be the most interesting non-fiction writer on earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 10/10/2013

    " I'm impressed by how Bill Bryson can write such an entertaining book consisting of mostly dull material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Snyder | 5/22/2013

    " You've gotta just love Bryson's travelogues. And he does a nice job narrating it himself. Well worth a listen. Not as good as A Walk in the Woods though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary O'donoghue | 3/5/2013

    " Fantastic book! Hilarious and insightful. Lots of laugh out loud moments. I also enjoyed reading about lots of the places I've been to "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jinx Landis | 2/24/2013

    " Really enjoyed learning about a county/continent I did not know much about. The author is very humorous so it was really fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Parnell | 12/17/2012

    " Love the humor and learning about Australia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/28/2012

    " Lots of information about Australia. Travel humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Cross | 9/4/2012

    " Classic, excellent, informative, hilarious Bryson! Read it whether you're going to Australia or not! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Wayne | 7/10/2012

    " Now I really want to go to Australia! I have enjoyed everything I've read by Bill Bryson and I love hearing him read his audiobooks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TwoDrinks | 5/1/2012

    " Found this much easier to understand when I'd actually been to Australia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dirk Heinz | 3/26/2012

    " Bryson's writing style is a wonderful combination of a travelog, a Mitchner book and P.J. O'Rourke. Confirmed for me that if I had any job offer than enabled me to move to Australia, I would leave immediately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solange Wichems | 12/11/2011

    " His description of listening to cricket on the radio is hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martee | 6/27/2011

    " A laugh-out-loud funny account of Bill's travels in Australia. Possibly funniest to those who are relatively familiar with Australian life but an entertaining and informative (in a very unique way) read for anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 6/24/2011

    " Loved this. As usual, Bryson made me want to travel to the place he visited. Can't wait to get to Australia! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 6/20/2011

    " Great tour through Australia, Bill was able to capture a great mixture of local hot spots and big tourist attractions while weaving in a great history of the country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bxrlover | 6/14/2011

    " This is my second Bryson book, and I am so glad I stumbled upon him. Funny, funny man.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiloh | 6/13/2011

    " Travel, humor and crazy stories. What's not to love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 6/7/2011

    " Bill Bryson is always an enjoyable and pleasant stroll through wherever. Australia has always a fascination for me. This was just right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 stillme | 6/7/2011

    " Definitely moving Australia up on the list of places to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rock | 6/6/2011

    " Made me want to go. I love his wandering approach to travel, and that he walks a great deal to get a feel for daily life in a community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanna | 6/3/2011

    " The only caveat with this book is that you may embarrass yourself with laughing if you read this in public. "

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About the Author
Author Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is the New York Times bestselling author of At HomeA Walk in the WoodsThe Lost ContinentMade in AmericaThe Mother Tongue, A Short History of Nearly Everything—winner of the Aventis Prize—and various other works. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he now lives in England, where he has worked for both the Times and Independent and written for most other major British and American publications.