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At Home by Bill Bryson
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Jul 03, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: audiobooks

This book was interesting... but perhaps not the best choice for an audiobook to keep me entertained in the car - the sometimes disconnected chunks of "interesting tidbits" made it hard to remember what was happening, especially if I wasn't picking up the story again for a few days. Also, while I feel like i learned a lot, I guess I didn't realize going in that it was going to be mostly English history, mostly 19th century... I dunno. I expected it to be more broad in scope, and it felt very .. chopped up to make history interesting for people who wouldn't normally be into it, I guess. And as a former history major, perhaps I prefer a start to finish narrative, rather than a bunch of sometimes disjointed "fun facts" that were, admittedly, still interesting. But why are we learning about bats in a book about the history of the home? Or a big glass exhibition hall? Yes, interesting but... I dunno. Would recommend it, but not on audio, despite Bryson being a great narrator. Or, okay, on audio but if you were going on a long car ride so you could get more of the book in one go, rather than 45 min here, a half hour here, etc etc.

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Reading Progress

July 3, 2012 – Started Reading
July 3, 2012 – Shelved
July 6, 2012 –
15.0% "interesting random tidbit type topics that totally appeal to the former history major in me... but perhaps nonfiction isn't "man I can't wait to hear what's next" enough for commute audiobooks..."
July 15, 2012 –
August 6, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 7, 2012 – Shelved as: audiobooks

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