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The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of an American in Britain
Auteur(s): Bill Bryson
Narrateur(s): Nathan Osgood
Durée: 14 h et 3 min
4 out of 5 stars (18 évaluations)

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Évaluations de journalistes

"We have a tradition in this country of literary teddy bears - John Betjeman and Alan Bennett among them - whose cutting critiques of the absurdities and hypocrisies of the British people are carried out with such wit and good humour that they become national treasures. Bill Bryson is American but is now firmly established in the British teddy bear pantheon." (Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express)

Description

A loving and hilarious - if occasionally spiky - valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter. 

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the best-selling travel books ever written. Now, he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed - and what hasn’t.

Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the South to Cape Wrath in the North, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road - and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative - and a really, really funny guy.

©2016 Bill Bryson (P)2016 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Fans should expect to chuckle, snort, snigger, grunt, laugh out loud and shake with recognition...a clotted cream and homemade jam scone of a treat." (Sunday Times)

"Nathan Osgood does a fine job channeling the slightly grouchy but nevertheless charming author. Osgood is outraged, droll, tolerant, or positively gushing when the text demands it." (AudioFile)

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  • Don
  • 2020-05-17

Not His best work

Another one but not his best one and I have read all of his books I was disappointed in this one

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Bryson does it again

I just love Bryson's work. This book is no exception. This book capture my attention with Bryson's wonderful ability to take his readers along with him as he travels through Britain. I found myself laughing at some of Bryson's embarrassing experiences and his sarcastic wit. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who love Britain! #Audible1

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  • Rick
  • 2016-01-25

No Bryson?? Alas, another disappointed fan

Bryson without Bryson's voice doesn't work for me. As others have already detailed, his unique voice is essential in conveying the tone of his work. As a long-time fan, I just clicked on "Buy" as soon at this book was released without listening to a sample or paying attention to the narrator. That's my fault for "assuming". This one is being returned for credit. If reissued with Bill Bryson narrating I'll most likely purchase anew. Sorry Bill. I really tried but it just doesn't play properly without your narration.

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  • Anne
  • 2016-05-21

Classic Bill Bryson, but would be better if author narrated

This narrator has a much edgier/sarcastic tone than the author, which makes the funny bits not as funny . His voice is somewhat unpleasantly gravelly. I was able to listen, but wish the author did the narration.

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  • Rio Delta Wild
  • 2016-01-25

Bryson should narrate! No question about it!

I've just started listening, and this reader is okay. But Bill is great at narrating his own work, and I was fully expecting that I'd hear his voice. I never expected for a moment to hear someone else. We need another version with a Bryson narration.

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  • yoderfamily01
  • 2016-01-28

Oh Bill, why?

I love Bill Bryson and have listened to all of his books. Most, unlike this one, are narrated by Bryson himself in his mild, sleepy tones. Maybe it's the different narrator (who does a fine job) or maybe it's the decades that have passed since his earlier tours through Britain, but I found this book to be more "grumpy old fart" than bemused traveller. He wraps up the book with a loving tribute to his adopted home, but so much of what has gone before this chapter is whiny, condescending, and smug. He loves Britain but hates its shopkeepers and hourly wage workers, its politicians, publicans and hoteliers. In fact the only Britains he seems to like are well-educated immigrants like himself. I hope he will cheer the heck up in future and write more great reads like his earlier travelogues and At Home.

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  • Tim
  • 2017-04-18

Stay Home!

Bill Bryson has written and narrated some of the funniest books I’ve heard in many years. Made in America is mesmerizing, A Short History of Nearly Everything is massively entertaining and informative. In recent years he has gotten increasingly grumpy and preachy. A Walk in the Woods is unbearable. Sadly The Road to Little Dribbling is much more of the same…and not read by Bryson..which makes it worse. He hates pretty much everything about the UK. I’m a Brit now living in exile in sunny SoCal….and I see where he’s coming from. There is too much litter, Brits can be rude, and things tend not to be terribly well organized….but for the love of God stop complaining about it…go home! He is nostalgic for a post war Britain that exists in the movies and black and white TV rather than in real life….I know …I lived through it. For example he loves old style red phone boxes (which doubled as improvised urinals) but we have cell phones now. He loves the big government nanny state which Thatcher disassembled and has never returned. Brits are more outgoing, multi-cultural and forward looking than they were back in the 50’s. The Brexit was the last gasp of the reactionary traditionalists who are desperately trying to hang onto the kind of rose tinted historic nonsense Bryson laments in this long grumpy book.

To be fair…it is funny in places….quite a few places, but even then much of the “comedy” is from a dark bitter place. It’s boring and predictable to complain about how expensive food can be in public places, we know kids can be loud and unruly…they are everywhere. The perfect example of the tin ear he brings to his tour on the UK is his analysis of what we called Holiday Camps. These were a form of mass vacation in the post war world where families could get away to the sea side and stay in a chalet at an organized camp which has communal food, entertainment for the kids and a chance for the parents to chill out for a week…all for the cost of a week’s pay. Yes it was a bit like a prison camp but some of my best child hood memories come from just these ‘prison camp’ vacations. The snarky patronizing tone he users to wonder at such things says it all.

Books seldom get me hot under the collar….but this one did. When he’s doing the history and origin stories which he scatters through the book it’s terrific but when he laments what most people actually living there would regard as progress it gets a bit much…no a lot much.

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  • Jeanette Finan
  • 2016-03-18

Great Book, Disappointing Narration

I love travel books and Bill Bryson is my gold standard. I buy his books as soon as I'm aware a new one has been released. For a very long time I have been purchasing them in audio format because listening to Bill Bryson read his book adds an element that professional narrators, no matter how good, just can't achieve. For that reason I have only rated this book four stars. I was very disappointed that the author was not reading this himself. I should have just purchased this in Kindle format. It would have been cheaper and then I could have imagined the author's voice reading it in my head.

But the book itself was, as usual, very good. I really love his use of language and it's is a great sequel to Notes from a Small Island. I so wish I was still able to travel because he mentions so many places I would love to visit in person.

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  • Frank
  • 2016-03-10

When did Bryson become a cranky old man?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I've read and thoroughly enjoyed several of his books including "A Walk in the Woods" and "In a Sunburned Country". For some reason ole Bill has turned into a nasty, short on patience old man, he just gripes constantly, especially about young folks he deals with. For god's sake do some soul searching Bill!

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  • David Alan Larkins
  • 2016-01-26

Too much snark, not enough heart

Would you listen to The Road to Little Dribbling again? Why?

I had to tap out with two hours remaining. Bryson's travel narratives have always included a level of snark, but he overspiced the soup this time, I'm afraid. I get enough of the "grumpy old Boomer" act from my parents, thanks.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A bit more of the heart and humor found in A Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country. Also, the completely unnecessary and transphobic swipe at Caitlyn Jenner should never have made it through editing. Say what you will about her as a person (and I don't hold her in any esteem in that regard), but there's no call for labeling her "Bruce Jenner in drag."

What does Nathan Osgood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Osgood's reading was excellent, and really helped elevate the material. He has a masterful command of the various regional British accents, and that was put to excellent use as the narrative moved about the island.

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  • Hellocat
  • 2016-01-22

Utterly delightful

For the good of mankind, Bill Bryson needs to be permanently chained to his desk and forced to write non-stop for the rest of his life. While this might sound cruel, the benefit to mankind would far outweigh any such concerns. The only exception would be when he is travelling for his writing, and even then I think the desk should go with him just to remind him what's up.

The Road to Little Dribbling is the latest book from a man who has yet to write a bad one, and is bristling with the sort of excellence that I, and his many fans, have come to expect. Hilarious, insightful and interesting, The Road To Little Dribbling is highly recommended.

There have been some negative reviews for the book, but these can be quickly and thoroughly discounted. Yes, this is not Notes From A Small Island, and 20 years on who could expect it to be? Bryson now travels mostly in short bursts, not the long stretches of solitary sojourns of his youth. This does change the tone of the book, but once you accept that it is as delightful as anything he's written.

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  • Shana
  • 2016-01-23

What a dissapointment!!

What disappointed you about The Road to Little Dribbling?

I love Bill Bryson and have bought all his audio books and listened to most of them many times. First of all this book isn't narrated by him, strike 1. Next he he spends half his time complaining about things and the other half talking about what he wrote in Notes from a small Island, or talking about previous works, thanking people or endorsing products. He even admits at the beginning he practically wrote this book just for the money. He said he wouldn't visit previous places from Notes from a Small Island, but he did or else talked about it endlessly.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I don't know yet.

What didn’t you like about Nathan Osgood’s performance?

He's okay, but I was expecting Bill Bryson.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There were moments with some of his old charm but overall I found myself thrinking about other things for most of the book and I can't really remember any place he talked about, mostly because he didn't talk about the places.

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like this book, even after reading some negative reviews. I just couldn't. So glad I got it through Audible and can return it and didn't spend a lot of money on a physical book that was far far less than I expected.

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