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Walking Home Audiobook

Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Walking Home, by Clare Balding.

In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. Then, in 1999, Clare took a call from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. "Do you walk?" she asked. "Well, I walk the dog...."

That series, Ramblings, is still going strong - and Clare's caught the walking bug. Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. Her and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer's Walk, a 71-mile route. What could possibly go wrong?

©2014 Clare Balding (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Heidi
    Banstead, United Kingdom
    10/31/14
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    "I felt like I knew Clare as a friend"
    What did you like most about Walking Home?

    I just love Clare Balding's style of writing and the fact that she narrated it just enhanced the listening experience. I was surprised by the chapters which did not relate directly to walking, for example about the Olympics, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to all her anecdotes.


    What other book might you compare Walking Home to, and why?

    I read My animals and other family and so there is an obvious comparison to this book.


    Which character – as performed by Clare Balding – was your favourite?

    I enjoyed the variety of characters, none more than the others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I particularly liked hearing about the famous interview with Chad Le Clos' father at the swimming event at 2012.


    Any additional comments?

    As a direct result of listening to this book I have discovered Podcasts of Ramblings with Clare Balding which are a good listen on my dog walks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    2/17/15
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    "Worth a read on several levels"
    Where does Walking Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is hard to compare this with many of the other books I have read. It is part biography and part a practical and philosophical tract on walking (while being light and wryly humorous). Most importantly it opens up the subject of walking in Britain by connecting the reader to a range of other reading on the subject.


    What other book might you compare Walking Home to, and why?

    In many ways it is superior to Simon Armitage's book ... of the same name! Clare Balding's narration is much better and her story held my interest much more than that of Armitage.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book further energised my interest in walking, and particularly walking in Britain.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Norfolk
    12/19/14
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    "Made me cry!"
    Where does Walking Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks very highly amongst my audible reads. I didn't even know I liked Clare Balding. Now I want to be her best friend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The heart breaking tale of Alice and Clare's puppy had me sobbing like a baby while sitting in traffic on the M25! However, Clare's skill as a weaver of tales became evident when I found myself laughing again (or at least smiling again) only moments later.


    What does Clare Balding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A personal insight that means the tone exactly matches the narrative


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Reading, United Kingdom
    10/3/14
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    "A Truly Wonderful Listen"
    Where does Walking Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook ranks right near the top of best books I've listened to and I am a veracious listener!


    What other book might you compare Walking Home to, and why?

    Clare's other book 'My Family and Other Animals'


    Which character – as performed by Clare Balding – was your favourite?

    Clare as herself, her mother and all the characters on her walks


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to listen to this I one go, but in the end it took two days.


    Any additional comments?

    This book made me laugh, cry, sob and smile. Clare Baldings narration is perfect and I adore how we see a bit more into her mind and soul with each book she produces. The topic of walking is not something I would have thought was transferable to audiobook but it is clever, insightful and it really shows off some of the characters Clare has met. A wonderful book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Bush
    Soham, Cambs United Kingdom
    6/6/16
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    "Both enjoyable and thought provoking"

    Clare Balding has produced a worthy successor to "My Animals and Other Family", which manages to be part interesting autobiography, part thought provoking set of anecdotes from the people she has met, and part evangelical tract on the benefits of putting one foot in front of the other. Accompanied by her soothing voice (and a few dodgy imitations of accents) this is a highly recommended book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BRIAN H. ALLEN
    3/22/16
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    "It is an excellent book."

    I am not a hypocritical person, there were one or two parts which a little depressing, I fast forward over them, but when one reads an autobiography then one has to except it , that is life.
    Therefore that is the reason why I gave all ( 3 x 5 ) crosses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Harris
    2/16/16
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    "Good for sending me to sleep!"
    Would you try another book written by Clare Balding or narrated by Clare Balding?

    Having thoroughly enjoyed listening to My Animals and Other Family, I was terribly disappointed with My Family and Other Rambles. I didn't finished listening to it which is saying something when you don't even have to go to the effort of reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Korn
    2/9/16
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    "Great and very enjoyable story and narrative."

    Highly recommended. Left me with wanted more. it's a big story with little anodised from her show. Every stories are interesting. It's one of those you don't want to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo Inglewood
    1/22/16
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    "Super listening apart from the accents!"

    Clare Balding is a very entertaining writer, I enjoyed this as much - if not more - than her first book. The subject matter of walking and the people she meets while recording the Radio 4 Ramblings programme are so interesting. I have found walking satisfying, relaxing and extremely beneficial to my health, I definitely do not need converting but hope non-walking for pleasure listeners will be persuaded to go out.
    I'm pleased Clare extolled urban walking. I've always really enjoyed exploring cities and enjoyed the mix of urban, coastal and countryside walking in this book.

    The only negative is the accents - many are shocking, particularly her portrayal David Sedaris which means him sound like he has a teaspoon in his mouth and a bean up his nose. Oh dear, oh dear!

    Apart from that I hope there's a third book somewhere in the offing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    12/26/15
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    "A interesting and amusing read"
    If you could sum up Walking Home in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, interesting, honest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How in death and interesting it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my normal choice of books and Clare Balding is just someone I had seen on the TV, but thought I'd give it a go and how glad I am that I did, I really enjoy this from start to finish the ups and downs and in death honest wrighting of extracts from her life, and will defiantly be listing to some more from Clare Balding in the future and taking up rambling!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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