Have you ever had those authors that you’ve really wanted to like but just can’t get into them? The books that everybody is raving about but simply pass you by?
Bill Bryson is like that for me. I’ve picked up his books many times, wanting to read them, wanting to like them. Everybody swears by him, waxes lyrical about how good a writer he is and how amusing.
I watched ‘A Walk in the Woods’ with my hubby who declared that this was one of his favourite Bryson books and that the book was much better than the film. I get that. I’m one of those people who often feel that the book is better than the movie. With this in mind, I decided to give Bryson another go, this time on Audible.
I’ve recently discovered the joy of audio books. I love that I can be doing one thing and ‘reading’ a book at the same time. This is particularly appealing when I’m at work and the task at hand is something mundane and repetitive. I’ve listed to several of the ‘Last Kingdom’ series this way and thoroughly enjoyed them. I can’t wait to get some time to myself so that I’m able to listen to some more.
Not so with Bryson.
I decided to start at the beginning with ‘The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America’. I didn’t even get past chapter one. What was supposed to be comical came out as a deluge of whinge. It may have been the narrator, who was particularly nasally, but I think I’m just going to have to accept that Bryson simply isn’t my kind of author. It’s a shame because I’d very much like to have read and enjoyed his books. Instead I found myself taking the unprecedented step of returning the book to audible because I wasn’t enjoying it!
So, I’m moving on to Patrick O’Brian’s ‘Master and Commander’. Life is too short for books you don’t enjoy!