Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion up, down, and over the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now he has traveled around the world and all the way "Down Under" to Australia, the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. Australia exists on a vast scale, a shockingly under-discovered country with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on this planet, and more things that can kill you in extremely malicious ways than anywhere else: sharks, crocodiles, the ten most deadly poisonous snakes on the planet, fluffy yet toxic caterpillars, seashells that actually attack you, and the unbelievable box jellyfish. In a Sunburned Country is a delectably funny, fact-filled and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. Wherever Bryson goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging. They are the beaming products of a land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bryson its perfect guide.Plus
Bryson, the author of
A Walk in the Woods, shifts his keen gaze and comic sensibility from the Appalachian Trail to Australia.
A Sunburned Country recounts Bryson's adventures in the land of absurdly hospitable and friendly people, astoundingly dangerous snakes and other wildlife, and continuous sunshine. Bryson's droll narration is the perfect vehicle for delivering his brilliantly crafted observations. My desire to visit the island continent is much more informed after listening to this title, so much so that I feel as if I've already been there! (Jonathan, Director of Public Relations)
Bryson's cheery Australian tale should entertain even the most listless driver. His strength lies in his ability to incorporate astounding facts about the country with nutty personal anecdotes. (
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