The Road to Little Dribbling

The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of An American in Britain

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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 bestselling 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York :, Random House Audio,, 2016
[New York] :, Penguin Random House,, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2016
ISBN: 9780147526885
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (14 hr., 3 min., 58 sec.)) : digital
audio file,CD audio,rda
Additional Contributors: Osgood, Nathan

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
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! :)

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.

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.

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.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Deann_0 Aug 23, 2016

Deann_0 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at NWPL

To Top