Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2006
CD ISBN 978-0-7393-1523-1 $29.95 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9780739315248 $15.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2006
CD ISBN 9781415932957 $70.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9780739346594 $59.90
If you’ve had the pleasure of hearing Bryson speak, you know he’s a master of understated humor. If you haven’t had that pleasure, an enjoyable new experience awaits you in this memoir of growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 1950s. Why, you may ask, does a man raised in Iowa speak with a mostly English accent? It’s because he’s spent much of his adult life in England. That choice does not diminish his fond appreciation of growing up happily with his journalist parents in a kid-friendly community. Bryson punctuates his account by acknowledging such less happy aspects of the era as the Civil Rights Movement, as well as fear of Communism, the A-bomb, and polio. But, on balance, his story is good-natured and often laugh-out-loud funny. S.K. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]
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