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  • Walking Home: A Poet's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, has taken on Britain’s version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way.

    John S. says: "Not necessarily what you might imagine"
    "Better the second time through"
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    I agree with what other reviewers have said, it takes a bit for this book to take hold. I read the hardcover when it came out, enjoyed it, but forgot about it pretty fast. Then I saw this audiobook and went in for a second journey. The narrator helped bring this book to life for me and I've very much enjoyed my second take on the book. The prose is wonderful, descriptive and takes that British tradition of poking fun at oneself to heart.

    AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Leopard

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen, Pico Iyer (introduction)
    • Narrated By Peter Matthiessen
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (240)

    In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Z en Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one.

    Robert says: "Worth the wait"
    "Requires a little patience, but so worth it"
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    Any additional comments?

    Peter Matthiessen's reading is slow and intimate, a true experience to hold and cherish. It is not, like most audible books-- and what I prefer--an easy book to listen to while driving or fiddling around the house. Matthiessen speaks slow and sometime faintly, making headphones and concentration helpful. My initial reaction was to return the book, though I am happy that I sat through that reflex. His reading is full of character, I felt, once I got past my expectations. What I do still want, however, is an unabridged version of the book expertly performed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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