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  • Dear Bill Bryson

  • Footnotes from a Small Island
  • By: Ben Aitken
  • Narrated by: Ben Aitken
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Dear Bill Bryson

By: Ben Aitken
Narrated by: Ben Aitken
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Summary

An irreverent homage to the '95 travel classic, from the author of The Gran Tour.

In 2013, travel writer Ben Aitken decided to follow in the footsteps of his hero - literally - and started a journey around the UK, tracing the trip taken by Bill Bryon in his classic tribute to the British Isles, Notes from a Small Island.

Staying at the same hotels, ordering the same food and even spending the same amount of time in the bath, Aitken's homage - updated and with a new preface for 2022 - is filled with wit, insight and humour.

©2022 Ben Aitken (P)2022 W F Howes

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"It would be wrong to view this book as just a highly accomplished homage to a personal hero. Aitken's politics, as much as his humour, are firmly in the spotlight, and Dear Bill Bryson achieves more than its title (possibly even its author) intended." (Manchester Review)

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No spark.

Managed to get to chapter 2 but was finding this very slow and not very amusing but as the narrator said, his writing is only funny by accident. Needs a bit more spark in the narration, the dead pan delivery was a bit dull unfortunately.

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I reckon Bill would enjoy it

Ben takes a while to get into his narration, but once he does, his emotions can be heard in his retelling of the stories of his visits, just as Bryson does. The emphasis on political views took me out of the narrative too often. Still, an enjoyable audiobook, and, as a love letter to Bill, is very good.

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  • Jacob Nance
  • 24-05-22

Very nicely done!

I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to read (listen to) more books from Ben.