In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Australia—a land of kangaroos, koala bears, 12-foot earthworms, killer seashells, and Prime Ministers who disappear in the surf—provides a rich adventure for those who are not afraid to possibly encounter some of the world’s deadliest creatures and forbidding terrain. Bill Bryson, author of the bestseller A Walk in the Woods, invites us on his treks throughout the Land Down Under from the comfort of our own homes (away from the deadly box jellyfish and toxic caterpillars) in his book, In a Sunburned Country.
Bryson’s work covers his numerous trips to Australia—it’s about the same size as the United States, so it takes a while to see everything—and covers the entire continent from the well-populated areas of Sydney and Melbourne, to the capital Canberra (which Bryson points out is so dull that even a prime minister refused to live there and commuted from Sydney), to the more out-of-the-way places in the outback.
Listening to the audio version feels as if you’re sitting down with Bryson and listening to his fascinating accounts of traveling through Australia. His reading manner is relaxed and easy to follow, and he brings the adventures, history, and lovable people of Australia to you!