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  • Neither Here nor There

  • 著者: Bill Bryson
  • ナレーター: William Roberts
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In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations.

©1991 Bill Bryson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Abigail
  • 2017/11/15

Might want to skip this Bryson

In general terms this just isnt one of Bryson’s best. I love so many of his other books but this comes off more whinging and ranty than humorous without the usual wry and sometimes subtle wit you’d expect of Bryson. This is more like the stories you would get traveling with your drunk, entitled and mildly racist uncle across Europe with the tired blanket statements about cultures (the french are so rude!) and predictable sexual or derogatory statements about all the women he sees. These jokes were tired long before this book was written. He also is almost certain to insult half his audience at some point in this book be it from discussing the great childhood joy of pounding on the fat kid at school (a treasured memory), to the rather uncomfortable objectification of women, the hatred of dogs/idea that all dogs should be gotten rid of to a remote island except poodles which should all be shot because dogs dont like him (wonder why), the book is just filled with statements that are likely to fall flat to modern audiences. Of course much of this is just said in humor but that type of humor tends to fall flat and this book really does just that.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • M. Craft
  • 2014/08/12

Authentic Bryson, but that might be the problem

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend Neither Here Nor There with reservations, because the actual traveling-around-Europe portion of the book is exactly what I wanted from Bryson. Unfortunately, he indulges too much in digressions where he displays quite unlovable character traits, some of which include:

-despising all dogs and most animals in general
-shameless objectification of women
-defending his complete lack of remorse over beating up the fat kid in his middle school.

In a travel book, I seek to identify with the author so that I may see the places he goes through his eyes. Bryson's digressions make this very difficult, and it is hard to understand why his editor permitted them to remain in the work, since they are so extraneous to the purpose of the work.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think there is a book that covers his ORIGINAL trip through Europe with Katz, and as a fan of A Walk In The Woods, I'm curious about that one.

What didn’t you like about William Roberts’s performance?

Bryson freely admits being completely ignorant of all non-English languages, except for mostly-forgotten lesson in school. Despite this, Roberts continually indulges in heavy accents and pronunciations that feel false in the context that Bryson has created.

Do you think Neither Here nor There needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Nope. I don't want to tempt Bryson into deeper navel-gazing, since this book took him to some pretty dark places already.

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  • gandalf
  • 2015/12/05

Disappointed

I enjoyed some of Mr. Bryson's other books, namely Made in America and the obvious A Short History, and was excited to listen to a book about his own direct experiences. Unfortunately I didn't get what I was expecting. I couldn't imagine having so much privilege in life while complaining so much. Trip around Europe, full of new sights and experiences! Sounds great. Better complain for half the book about the bus ride in a way that's far from amusing. There is nothing compelling or interesting about this book or Mr. Bryson. I'll stick to his writings not about his miserable existence.

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  • haley churchill
  • 2020/09/28

I don’t get it

Why write a book about travel if you hate everything? This book is whiny and entitled. I get it was written “in a different time”, but dear god, have some respect for the people around you. Offensive, ranting and boring. I tried to trudge through and finish it, but for the first time ever I won’t make it. This was my first Bryson attempt, and I won’t be making another one.
I thought the narrator did a nice job.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • S. Schmidt
  • 2019/12/24

hard for me to keep track

The stories and funniness were there, but some of it was lost during driving, which is where I listened the most. Great delivery, but I might have done better actually reading the book.

  • 総合評価
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  • .
  • 2018/11/04

It doesn't work 30 years later.

Maybe this was a good story 30 years ago. It is frankly boring today. Pity.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Polly
  • 2017/09/17

Adolescent but Hilarious

NOT a book that gives an objective view of other cultures, but an amusing look at the mind of an adolescent male.
If you are considering this book because you like Bryson's other work, don't. It is as if written by a totally different person.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • marty
  • 2017/08/23

Usual good yarn from Bryson

Bryson doesn't disappoint with his wanderings around Europe noticing things and occasionally getting into entertaining trouble.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • George
  • 2017/07/01

Later stuff from Bryson much better

It's Ok and it has some good parts but it is much weaker than later books. He went back trying to find things he had seen before but everything had changed. The opposite of Rick Steves.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Hani
  • 2017/03/11

Amazing book

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book, Bill Bryson is hilarious and I was laughing out loud, there were parts that I was driving on the highway and I thought I might get into an accident cause I was laughing so hard.
I thought the book gives you a fair review of what to expect in each country and city
Most guide books tell you the place is great and amazing and recommend all museums and everything touristy there is to do
In this book, Bill Bryson does other things that not all tourists do, he goes to places that not all guide books recommend and gives you his honest opinion of the country and its people
I liked it much more than a lot of other guide books
Highly recommended

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Gillian
  • 2018/02/21

Europe- More Blissful Travel

As I get older and due to restricted movement, my adult years of travel have come to end. This new chapter of my journey I hate with avengence. When I was able to travel, I rarely read travel books as I was too busy doing my own travel with my own many adventures. Now I copiously read/listen to travel books to satisfy my hunger.
Bill Bryson is my saviour and medicine.
This book covers many places I have visited in Europe. It is so beautifully descriptive of local customs of past and present, the people, the scenery, the good and the bad of travel and has so much belly laughter humour.
This trip is ideal for anyone wanting to visit Europe with Bill Bryson - it’s another great journey...thanks Bill

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Salter
  • 2018/09/21

A must listen!

Bryson's ability to succinctly describe every day things with such wit and humour is just magical. I really could listen indefinitely! I'm looking forward to listening to the few books from Bill that I've got left.
William Roberts describes the adventures and observations in such a wonderful way. I think the narration is as close to perfect as one could hope to get..
Highly recommended..

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mub
  • 2011/10/19

Hilariously discriptive and Brilliant

Bill has a great expressive word power. He describes the situations, people and places with brilliance. His descriptive account of European travels creates an enjoyable picture to the listeners. I enjoyed the audio and got hooked on it.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • 2016/07/08

Was thinking of stoppong half way through

Would you try another book written by Bill Bryson or narrated by William Roberts?

No, although I liked some of the humour and the sarcasm, the narration was so annoying.

Any additional comments?

Althoug the book is about stereotypes, unfortunately a lot of them are very outdated. Woman in germany dont shave under the armpits? Split a stinking city, Sofia communistic....didnt want to make the effort to see Cologne after first impression, but went back in Itaky to the same poor city and walked through it.

Got into way too many details at times. I enjoyed the hunour and sarcasm in some parts and then was about to stop when I listened for 5 minutes about some unnecessary details. Could have been half the size the book.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Andy
  • 2017/03/29

decent enough, but this has dated!

Would you listen to Neither Here nor There again? Why?

No.I loved Notes from a Small Island the moment I picked it up. For a while back in the mid '90s I couldn't get enought Bryson. Listening to this audio book of Neither Her nor There brought a lot of pleasant memories back, but it also showed it as a somewhat dated "Daily Mail Reader Tours Europe" (even though he hates the Daily Mail). I think the somewhat irritating tones of the narrator (William Roberts) didn't help things here. My wife couldn't bear to listen to it. There seemed to be way too many antagonistic remarks about pretty much any country/people (which I know is somewhat the point), but it rather undid all it's good work some 20 years later and I began to wonder why the hell he bothered travelling at all, if he felt this way? Funny though it still is in large parts, it has a mildly icky undertaste that's a little patronising by the standards of 2017

What other book might you compare Neither Here nor There to, and why?

Notes from a Small Island - similar vintage Bryson. The Road to Little Dribbling - more contemporary, if slightly less funny

Did William Roberts do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Not really many characters to speak of. Even so, his tone is a bit whiny and I think this dragged the funnier elements of the book down, making it sound like an American-knows-best kind of rant.

Any additional comments?

Remarking on all the bare-breasted women sunning themselves in parks might be the kind of comment made by middle-aged men (or teenagers) to their friends (in private, without being mic'd up) but devoting a vast chunk of a chapter of a book to it borders on the embarassing

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Macksparky
  • 2015/02/26

Good listen

Narrator was Excellent. Story was not quite as good as the other book "a walk in the woods". Observations and insights not quite as funny as last book either.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • KOKSAL COBAN
  • 2012/12/24

Fun to listen to..

A very lighthearted approach to Bill Bryson's travels around Europe. The author makes it a fun to listen to his travel memoir with his sophisticated sense of humor. A number of different countries across the Europe are covered with interesting anectodes and sharp critical observations at times. Narration is also very good and clear. Highly recommended.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sara
  • 2012/01/05

Very enjoyable.

I have only read one of Brysons books before and found this to be in the same lighthearted, yet educational style. Had me chuckling outloud.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • sinbad4england
  • 2020/09/12

just couldn't finish it.....

There are some of the authors descriptions and turns of phrase which I find quite unpleasant. I like the idea of following an explorer on their travels but this books seems more of a social commentary. I found his other 'down under', similar and couldn't wait for it to end, this however (which I bought afterwards to see if it was better) I decided was more of the same and so 'retired' before I was even half way through. I know Bill Bryson is immensely popular and I think many others will find it a better 'read' ?

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/09/02

Not enough history or interesting facts

Not enough history or interesting facts about the places he visited, but some very funny and engaging moments on the joys of travel..

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Chuck
  • 2019/06/14

One long Whinge about being lucky enough to travel

Normally truly enjoy Bill's work but this was just a lazy idea for a book and was very disappointing.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • C. Swan
  • 2019/06/10

Disappointing in Parts.

Mr Bryson mainly complains his way around Europe in this book. He intersperses the complaints with memories of an earlier trip with a school friend and if you dislike hearing the F*** word frequently, as I do, then I suggest you save your money/credit as I wish I'd done. I bought this book as I'd enjoyed his 'Down Under' book.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020/10/18

Stuck on a bus

Imagine being stuck on a bus for 9 hours, sitting next to a miserable, judgmental, racist whinger with very little positive comments about anywhere or anyone who just wont shut up and let you sleep. I’ve liked other books by Bryson but this book is bloody awful.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer2
  • 2020/10/07

blasphemy put me off

Uneccessarily taking opportunities to blaspheme. I find that offensive and have no idea why authors resort to it.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019/09/06

Awesome

Amazing! Perfect book for listening to on your way to your weekend getaways! Good gob Bill!

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Jh99
  • 2019/08/29

Love Bryson, but cannot stand Roberts' narration.

Painful narration. I found it distracting and overdone. Hopefully Bryson will release a copy read by himself.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017/08/24

Too Too Droll

sentences read with one liner swagger, a stand up comedy that lacked variety and rhythm

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • SW TUBBS
  • 2021/02/05

Overcritical at Times

Entertaining for the most part but he was a bit overcritical of his hosts at times.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • JUDITH LE MASURIER
  • 2020/12/11

A big thumbs down

The title says it all for me> There is nothing more to say. Thumbs down.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Alistair
  • 2021/01/05

A good listen. Made me LOL at times....

Good fun, a good laugh, could easily relate.... and so nice to hear something not washed in PC