The Road to Little Dribbling

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 10-22-15

Typical Bryson

U get what u expect from a Bill Bryson book and that is a good thing. It's not quite as sharp or funny as some of his others but still a very enjoyable 12 hours or so

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By larry Redmond on 11-04-15

Excellent as usual.

He hasn't written a bad word yet. Same here. As the review requires twenty words, I am now just filling.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Peonyrose on 12-01-15

Great story - pity about the reader.

Bryson's written another great book but I find the reader very difficult to listen to - which in the end put in off listening to it. I want William Roberts as a reader for Bryson back.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Andy Crawford on 11-06-15

Not bad. Narration was distracting though.

Decent book. Not one of his best by any means but there was some interesting stuff in there.

A bit miffed that out of the almost 14 hours running time he talked about Scotland for less than 1 hour, despite it being (geographically speaking) almost 40% of the journey. Seems pretty disproportionate.

My other main criticism is that the narration was average at best. The attempts at English accents (or, more accurately, accent since they all sounded identical) were very grating. The Scottish one was terrible too, though mercifully not used very much.

Might work for an American audience I guess but I'm presuming most of the readership would be British. Not sure why, with a book of this nature, they would get a guy to narrate who can't do any British accents! Also, as an aside, I think we're all pretty familiar with Bryson's distinctive voice from his TV shows and other appearances, not sure why he wouldn't have just gone to the effort to narrate this himself.

Anyway, might have been a little harsh here. It's a solid book. Just not up to the standard of his previous offerings.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 11-03-15

Infortainment

So there's a word that will have Bill's toes curling ... With the expected humour of this author, this listen gives an honest account of Bill's observations. It had me chortling at his observations, nodding sagely in agreement at some of his despairings and every now and then, thinking he was really getting a bit tetchy in his old age. Quite philosophical and thought provoking in many parts. There'll be some locations I'll be sure to include on Bill's recommendation during our first visit to the UK this Christmas. However, I now wonder what my husband and I will be getting ourselves into as we plan to make a journey to Blackpool to catch up with friends from Oz now stationed there with the Air Force ... Fingers crossed we'll get out of there intact. I hope Bill revisits Australia!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-24-18

Brilliant!

Insightful and says it the way it is. Worth every penny and more. Now onto his next book.

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