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In a Sunburned Country

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bill Bryson

Narrated By: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: June 2000

Duration: 11 hours 57 minutes

Summary:

Just in time for the 2000 Olympics-the bestselling quthor of A Walk in the Woods takes listeners on a truly outrageous tour Down Under.

Compared to his Australian excursions, Bill Bryson had it easy on the Appalachian Trail. Nonetheless, Bryson has on several occasions embarked on seemingly endless flights bound for a land where Little Debbies are scarce but insects are abundant (up to 220,000 species of them), not to mention crocodiles.

Taking listeners on a rollicking ride far beyond packaged-tour routes, IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY introduces a place where interesting things happen all the time. Leaving no Vegemite unsavored, listeners will accompany Bryson as he dodges jellyfish while learning to surf at Bondi Beach, discovers a fish that can climb trees, dehydrates in deserts where temperatures leap to 140 degrees F, and tells the true story of the rejected Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House.

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  • WYOMING PHILLY

    It's talk about the history of Australia and it's people, plus his dairies throughout Australia

  • Manasi Kashyap

    Very entertaining and informative. I now want to know more about Australia, so am watching "Australia's first 4 billion years". His dry humor

  • Anonymous

    Entertaining and interesting. More facts about Australia than you ever could imagine. The dry reading style is also a plus. I recommend it.

  • Anonymous

    As a diehard fan of Bryson, I was surprised how he rambles during this journey. It was nice of him to do all the research and unearth every little detail of all the areas he visited, but could have left some of them out. I still enjoyed the book, and want to visit Australia even more, just not with as much history. I very much enjoy Bryson’s stories of interacting with other travelers and natives during his visits, he seems to stay mostly alone,(maybe not by choice as Australia’s population is much different than ours) and when he is with others, he doesn’t interact with them like he has in past books.

  • Anonymous

    Bill Bryson adds his sarcastic humor to this travels throughout Australia. This is a very good read for a person interested in learning about Australia and/or will be traveling to Australia.

  • Anonymous

    Overall this was an OK book, not as good as some of Bill's other books but still educational and entertaining. I was dissapointed that he did not write more about travelling in the outback. Was a bit dry at times.

  • Joan

    I always look forward to a Bill Bryson book, and he didn't disappoint here. Once again, he finds many interesting, out of the ordinary observations about the places he visits. A very good book for a commute.

  • Laura

    Interesting information about the history and places of Australia, great preview if you are planning a trip there, and witty- but it goes on and on and on -- I actually switched to another audiobook and then returned to it after that break.

  • Anonymous

    I loved it. Funny and interesting. Bill Bryson is an engaging writer.

  • Marissa

    I am currently reading the actual book, and although I'm only halfway through, I can already tell I'm going to be a huge fan of Bill Bryson's writing style. The book is both educational AND interesting. I appreciate the historical information as well as his humor. I'm looking forward to reading the next half!