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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34,503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Bryson Narrator: Bill Bryson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson took the decision to move back to the States for a while but before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain. His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyze what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy, place names like Farleigh Wallop and Shellow Bowells, people who said “Mustn’t grumble,” and Gardeners’ Question Time.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessie P | 2/9/2014

    " While I enjoyed the book, I get the feeling I would have enjoyed it much more if my familiarity of Britain extended beyond what's essentially on the front cover. I know he probably wasn't writing for my demographic, but a skosh more context would have been nice at times. I'll definitely be picking up more by Bryson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Edie | 1/25/2014

    " Must confess that I never did finish this book and probably will not. It was entertaining for a bit but then other books grabbed me and I am not inclined to get back to it. Cute for a while... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laura | 1/16/2014

    " This was the first Bill Bryson book I ever picked up. I enjoyed the observations from his experiences while living in the UK but most of the book was him dashing around different towns in the UK and spending mere hours in a place. I found it tedious and repetitive at times hearing about the weather, countless meals, and disappointing architecture. While I did enjoy some of the writing, I think the premise of the book let it down. I may browse through some of his other books in the future but I won't be rushing to read more from him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Warnie B. | 1/15/2014

    " So, parts of this I really enjoyed and found pretty humorous, and I felt right at home with most of what he was talking about since I lived in England as a child. But there are times when Bill Bryson comes off as a smug jerk (to put it mildly), and at several points in this book I realized that I don't think I would like this guy very much at all in real life. It's not his finest effort, but was entertaining enough to finish. I don't really think there's anything else I can say about this one though. "

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