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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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Extremly disappointed

I usually enjoy every book by Bill Bryson, which I find both funny and interesting. I was however deeply disappointed by this one, which I found racist (Danes are not all walking drunk in gloomy malls), europhobic (the EU is not exclusively a bunch of lazy technocrats) and misogynist (not every danish woman is a secretary wandering bottomless in parks for the enjoyment of the author). If everything is so much nicer in Nebraska or in England, as the author seems to suggest, I would strongly advise him to stay there.

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  • M. Craft
  • 12/08/2014

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
  • 05/12/2015

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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  • Abigail
  • 15/11/2017

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.

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  • Jellie
  • 17/09/2017

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.

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  • marty
  • 23/08/2017

Usual good yarn from Bryson

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

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  • George
  • 01/07/2017

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.

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  • Hani
  • 11/03/2017

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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  • Joyce
  • 30/01/2017

Going Back Again

In his younger years Bill had taken this tour with a guy he had just met and thought he'd see if it had changed much over the years.

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  • Cody
  • 22/07/2016

Great

This is only my second Bryson book and is much better than the road to dribbling which was my first I highly recommend this book if u r looking for a good quick listen.

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  • Jacob A. Nordby
  • 06/02/2016

Classic Bryson but a little tired

First, I always love Bill Bryson. He knows how to frame the mundane in clever ways. I laughed right out loud a few times while listening to this book.

I would have rated the story more highly if this one had more depth or heart or something. Didn't get a sense that he was doing much more than reeling it all out with a bit of Bryson frosting in places.

Quite well read by the narrator and worth the listen overall--just not as great as some of his earlier work.

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  • Martin
  • 27/05/2016

Brilliant. A moody, unique journey through Europe

Retracing his past trip with Cats, Bryson ventures into the Europe of the nineties. His loathing and loving of the different countries and people expresses the author's outstanding character.