Notes From A Small Island: Journey Through Britain

Series:
#9 of Bryson
Written by:
Bill Bryson
Narrated by:
Bill Bryson

Abridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
127
Narrator
5
Release Date
April 2010
Duration
5 hours 39 minutes
Summary
Brought to you by Penguin.


In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, Bill 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 the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse 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, Titsey and Shellow Bowells; people who said 'Mustn't grumble', and 'Ooh lovely' at the sight of a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits; and Gardeners' Question Time. Notes from a Small Island was a huge number-one bestseller when it was first published, and has become the nation's most loved book about Britain, going on to sell over two million copies.


© Bill Bryson 1995 (P) Penguin Audio 2010
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hyperbole lover

Bill Bryson is funny and interesting. I know that some people hate his voice, I happen to enjoy it. It adds to his quirky sense of humor. Classic Bill Bryson.

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Jim F.

Bill Bryson is always entertaining and informative. His narratives have allowed me to visualize places I have never been, and revisit places I have been to with a different perspective.

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CJ

I am new to the Bill Bryson bandwagon - I know, where have I been?... As a dual citizen who has spent a lot of time in both England and America, I thought I'd find a lot to love in this book. It had a promising start, I liked Mr. Bryson's humour (at first)... Then reality kicked in. I don't know whether Bryson was trying to convince himself he was doing the right thing in moving away from England and back to the States, but for all his "don't get me wrong - I love England" pronouncements, he didn't seem to find much to love (or even like) about any of the places or people he encountered. After a while the jokes rang hollow, and I found myself wondering "To what book were all those 5-star ratings referring?!" I don't ever write reviews, but I really was SO disappointed with Bryson's tone, attitude, and narrative that I had to add my two cents. Another country heard from, shall we say...

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Anonymous

I laughed out loud at times! Bill Bryson has a way with bringing you on the trip with him as he moves around the public transport system of Britian. Very enjoyable. As always Bill Bryson never fails to entertain.

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Anonymous

I really like Bill Bryson books and although I really like his travel books, I didn't find as detail as I have his other travel books. His sense of humor helps me understand what it would really be like to visit some of the places he mentions. I'll continue to read his books as I will never travel as much as he does, but will get a sense of the place through his eyes and humor which seem to be along the same waves as mine.

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Anonymous

A wonderfully funny book and hearing the author read it was even better than reading it myself. Don't be fooled by the music that swells up at odd times; the book isn't over (and the music will go away). A great summertime book for the long drive to the lake or beach.

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Taos B&B lady

Perhaps it helps to be English or to have lived in England for a longish time to really appreciate Bryson's wry observations, droll commentary and no punches pulled opinions. For those of us who fit that criterion, the book is an absolute gem as Bryson gives eloquent voice to our thoughts and feelings about the Highlands, the Fens and Dales, Dover, Brit rail and Calais shopping. Hw writes like the Anglophile he is and can point out warts and scars that only a lover would know.

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Melissa Menz

When I first started listening, I was immediately reminded of David Sedaris. Their styles are very similar and quite enjoyable. This is a laugh-out-loud kind of book and kept me smiling all the way through.

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Anonymous

Bill Byrson is as witty as ever. And this also could double as a 'real person' travelogue -- found myself wanting to map my own UK trip using the book as a travel guide.

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Anonymous

however I did not love this book. As I have never been to Britain, it could certainly just be that I couldn't relate. His typical dry humor was present, I just couldn't keep my mind on it. Anyway, I just don't think this was his best work. Not bad but worth a listen.

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Chris

I am a big fan of bill bryson, having listened to Walk in the woods, Sunburned Country and Short History, and think the man is hilarious. But this one couldn't keep my interest. When it was slapsticky, or very mean, it was funny, but i found myself not really listening to it most of the time, and just wanting to be done with it. Listen to A Walk in the Woods or In a Sunburned Country if you have never listened to Bill Bryson before. Sorry I can't be more specific about what I didn't like, but I just don't remember any of the book, and I think that says something.

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Jane Gordon

After I listened to "A Walk in the Woods", I had to get another Bryson novel. I'm addicted to his odd lilting accent. This audiobook was light & funny. Don't view it as a travel guide, just an entertaining narrated tour through Britain. Bryson's observations of all things trivial and wretched about society are hilarious, at times so funny that I laughed out loud in my car! If you have ever been to Britain, you will identify with almost all of his remarks. If you haven't been, this book may very well inspire you to book a ticket. Only got boring a few times when he complained about ugly buildings, poor urban planning and 1960's architecture, but I completely agreed with him so I didn't mind.

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Tonytoga

Notes From A Small Island is vintage Bill Bryson. His witt and humor are at least half the fun of his work and when he narrates (as he does here), his most unusual accent adds that much more. In "Notes", Bill takes us back to the first time he set foot on British soil as a footloose American searching for who knows what and brings the 20 year adventure full circile with one last trip around jolly ole England before returning to the U.S. with wife and family. Not quite as entertaining as "In A Sunburned Country" but close.

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