In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country

by Bill Bryson
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In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

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Nine CDs, 10 hours

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553502596
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2000
Edition description: Unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hrs.
Pages: 10
Sales rank: 260,339
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 5.87(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Bill Bryson's many books include The New York Times bestseller A Walk in the Woods and, most recently, I'm a Stranger Here Myself.  He lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with his wife and their four children.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Des Moines, Iowa


B.A., Drake University, 1977

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In a Sunburned Country 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews. More than 1 year ago
The first time a read this book I enjoyed it. The second time I read it, a couple of years later after learning a great deal more about Australia from other sources, I loved it. Bill Bryson does not take you to the typical tourist stops. Rather he takes you to many places best avoided, but he explains why in the process. His focus is on odd happenings in history, and quirky people he meets along the way. He is always researching museums and reading local papers to ferret out more little know factoids about the place. He does not spend a lick of time at the Great Barrier Reef except to tell us about the couple that was left there to try to snorkel thirty miles back to shore. They were most likely eaten by sharks as they tried to reach a buoy resting on the other side of a deep channel where the big boys roam. Instead, he takes us to the distant shores of Western Australia, a place so vast that it has never been completely explored, to stare at blobs of matter called stromatolites credited with being the first bits of life in our universe. No matter where we are he always throws in a bit of sly, self-deprecating humor. Fun read chock full of information and insights into the people and the place down under.
Gusboy More than 1 year ago
If Bill Bryson wrote all the history books, history would become every student's (and everyone else's) favorite subject. I've read most of Bryson's books and have been educated and entertained by them all. "In a Sunburned Country" is not a history book, but is about all kinds of facets of Australia, including history, the culture past and present, the geography, topography, animal and plant life, and the residents. Bryson makes it all incredibly interesting. I learned a lot, laughed quite a bit and enjoyed the book thoroughly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I immensely enjoyed this book... Considering the fact that I've learnt more about my own country from a traveller of origins elsewhere probably says something, not the least of which about my good self. But that is the beauty of Bill Bryson: the most seemly dull things transform into small realms of genuine interest and consideration. With that said, who better to write a book about Australia? Quite an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of Bill Bryson, and I am, then this is another must have. Lots of fun and useful information, stories and tidbits about Australia, but what makes it worth the read is Bryon's style and wit. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hands down Bryson's funniest and most interesting book! I've reread this a number of times over the years and it has never lost it's charm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic Bryson style with a wonderful meandering tale chock full of facts, anecdotes and a good giggle nearly every page! Too bad Bryson wasn't my history or sociology teacher!
Chocks More than 1 year ago
Humorous and interesting if you plan on doing a similar trip. Great fun on his take of the local people. A little long but enjoyed what I read.
Xasha More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the hearing about the history of the places and things he encounters along his trip.
lucysassy More than 1 year ago
If I were going to Australia, I would want to read this book prior to leaving. However, I got a bit bored with it--and I adore Bryson--and did not finish reading it because of that. Would not recommend this if you are looking to be entertained and looking for Bryson's wonderful humor. It is in there but not as much as his other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is enjoyable and easy to read while also containing a wide variety of facts and interesting knowledge that are presented by the author in an excellent manner. Bill Bryson (author) has a way of telling his stories that make you feel like you are right there with him and are experiencing his journey as it happens. He has a great sense of humor and thoroughly enjoys what he does. I would recommend this book for anyone who has been to Australia, lives there, or is thinking about traveling there.
huckfinn37 More than 1 year ago
I loved In A Sunburned Country. Bill Bryson is a witty and smart writer. I want to Australia as soon as possible. He makes Australia come alive and jump right off the page.
L.Emerson More than 1 year ago
I hoped this book would provide a lot of practical information about being a tourist in Australia, and it does. There is a parade of facts, figures and stories about the history of this wild and amazing place, and tons of practical advice on how best to see this continent, what to see despite the hardships in getting there, and what to skip (Canberra). Amazingly, all his facts are real and quite informative. This is a place like no other. What I did not count on was the humor, the hilarity the author finds in trying to survive his adventures in this untamed playground. The reader gets to experience all this with him for the first time, see a vast and bizarre continent through the eyes of a most civilized and middle-aged westerner not normally given to extremes. The result is truly funny. Thereafter, I read more of Bill Bryson; "Notes From a Small Island," about touring the British Isles, and "The Lost Continent," about touring the U.S. after 20 years abroad. I did not like either of these books nearly as much, mainly because in them, he complained constantly. It was not like the detached dry humor of his Australian tour book, wherein he is a confused but willing foreigner trying to make his way through an unforgiving wilderness among people bent on minimizing to the point of deception the dangers lurking in the Australian waters, gardens and yes, in the Outback. But in the other books, Bryson is not as game to try new things, he seems to be looking back for something that once was and not finding it. In them, no place was worth the effort or money he expended to get there, nor did it live up to his fondest memories once he arrived. I did like Bryson's "I'm a Stranger Here Myself," a compendium of newspaper articles he wrote about his new life once he had repatriated back to the U.S. and settled in small town New England. I may try another one of his travel guides. I'm hoping there is another one out there that he wrote with the love and humor as he did this love letter about Australia."In a Sunburned Country" is recommended for its entertainment value even more than for its extensive information that anyone should have before visiting Australia.
hound48 More than 1 year ago
i've never been to australia, but i feel like i've just taken a 3 week vacation there. bryson's style and descriptions are great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed BIll Bryson's account of his love for the 'Sunburned Country' so much I have to turn off the audio book to laugh out loud and then replay it so I can laugh again. He is fast becoming one of my all time favorite authors. He wicked tongue in cheek is the most fun you can have with a subject about travel in a foreign country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and loved every page! Bryson has such a way of putting things to make even the most mundane seem comical and interesting. In the past, I have the opportunity to visit many other places he has written about and can't wait to go to Australia now. Who ever thought giant worms would be so fascinating?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I found it hilarious. Mr Bryson's writing style is great, and it was not only informative, but very fun to read! Even if you're not interested in Australia, everyone should read this book!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
After reading ‘A Walk in the Woods’ I was excited to pick up this book but ‘In a Sunburned Country’, isn’t as funny and as a result was a bit disappointing. Sure he has a couple of great one liners and some interesting tales but overall it felt like more of a road journal. The book is well written and probably worth a read if you are planning a trip down under but if you’re looking for something engaging and humorous I would look elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it.
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Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
If you've read the author's famed “A Walk in the Woods” (recently adapted for film), you know the format. The author wanders an area, and describes what he sees – mixed in with the history and science of the area. This time, Bryson takes on the island continent of Australia. I found the book to provide a largely enjoyable tour of the country, taking in at least a point or two from the top, bottom, right, left, and center of the continent. In some cases, Bryson talked about something everyone has heard of – Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House. In others, the author brings up things that many folks, at least many in America, may never have heard about. For example, the shifting of fortunes between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne. All of this is done in a light, entertaining, and occasionally self-deprecating manner. I had both the audio book and paperback versions of the author's work. The paperback also contained a new appendix reprinting some enjoyable articles that Bryson wrote during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. I wish the CDs included this material, but it was nice being able to actually READ the words. RATING: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars when 1/2 stars are not permitted.
Charlottes-son More than 1 year ago
A book to laugh out loud with. And a book to share. 
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Having visited down under on business on a number of occasions, I was curious to see what a visitor with more time would think of that fascinating country. I was not disappointed. Bryson's custom of setting off on foot to experience the country  adds immeasurably to the descriptions of his experiences. I was totally entertained and educated by this wonderful book, and have already begun enjoying another Bryson title. 
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