The Road to Little Dribbling

The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of An American in Britain

Audiobook CD - 2016
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The hilarious and loving sequel to a hilarious and loving classic of travel writing: Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson's valentine to his adopted country of England. In 1995 Bill Bryson got into his car and took a weeks-long farewell motoring trip about England before moving his family back to the United States. The book about that trip, Notes from a Small Island, is uproarious and endlessly endearing, one of the most acute and affectionate portrayals of England in all its glorious eccentricity ever written. Two decades later, he set out again to rediscover that country, and the result is The Road to Little Dribbling.
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Audio,, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780147526878
0147526876
Branch Call Number: 914.20486 Bry
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (14 hours) : digital, CD audio ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Osgood, Nathan

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MrPlatypus
Dec 11, 2018

Even though I haven't been to most of those places the author visits and describes, I laughed my head off while listening. I really enjoyed this one! :)

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hadlock
Jul 05, 2018

Bill Bryson is from Iowa. Assuming he is writing for the U.S. audience, I was surprised that he is totally English in his vocabulary: car park, crisps, lay by, etc. At the request of his editor, he goes all over England, Scotland, and Wales, never having sandwiches that aren’t dry, dealing with even one helpful store clerk, or having a positive encounter with the National Trust. He does a lot of walking, drinking beer, and complaining about litter. In fact, he is grouchy pretty much all the time. He is funny on occasion, but not hilarious, as billed. He does like almost every museum and view of the countryside he sees. The end is the best part of the book (and not just because it is almost over), when he talks about what he really likes about Britain.

JCLJoyceM Nov 08, 2017

Bryson is an American-born Brit; he has lived there long enough to offer insults in the best British fashion. Two women offer him a ride, demand to know about what he doesn’t like about Britain and then drag the details out of him. Other encounters include a disturbing stay at a bed and breakfast.
Especially hilarious are his thoughts about studies related to stupidity and his goal of wearing his clothes to rags. Bryson has thoughtful and funny remarks about immigration and the poor grammar he found in a school’s fundraising appeal.
After he learns that Ringo Starr is his neighbor, he finds that Brits engage in a bit of one-upmanship regarding their interactions with the Beatles.

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Daj_O
Feb 22, 2017

Who took Bill Bryson and replaced him with a grumpy old man who periodically intersperses flagellations of humankind with charming travel vignettes?

Deann_0 Sep 06, 2016

A lot of people don't like this older, more acerbic version of Bryson as well as they did in his earlier travel tales. I listened to the audio book, and for the most part he had me laughing all the way through. Perhaps because we are "of an age".
I'm guessing the author is moved to report negatively on a world he sees as changing, not always for the better. I appreciated his observations throughout. The reader did a fine job, too.
There is a degree of repetition throughout that was a little off- putting, but for me, it was a fun listen for the commute.

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IV27HUjg
Apr 21, 2016

This is reviewed from one extreme to the other, you either 'go with it' with BB or really dislike him. I did feel a bit cheated that it's a rehash of his early years travel, obviously with a completely different mind-set. He's often cruel in comments, very biased & close minded or gushing. Durham Cathedral left me cold, but a short distance away is an equally old church, St Oswald, with great warmth & history. Totally agree with BB rants about school kids & their trash throwing, manner-less little hooligans. Riding the train in his early travels compared to now can be a nightmare. Despite his faults I remain a fan.

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