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Free Country Audiobook

Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain

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Publisher's Summary

The plan is simple. George and Ben have three weeks to cycle 1,000 miles from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland. There's just one small problem - they have no bikes, no clothes, no food, and no money. Setting off in just a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts, they attempt to rely on the generosity of the British public for everything from food to accommodation, clothes to shoes, and bikes to beer.

During the most extraordinary of challenges, George and Ben scavenge through rubbish bins, search for the Loch Ness monster, wash dishes, clean hotels, sing Christmas carols for food, swim in lakes, descend Cornish hills on children's bikes, and cook a barbecue for 30 old people in a field. They spend the night in a greenhouse, a canal boat, a posh hotel, an empty house, a pub, a tent in a car park, and a barn with a bull.

Through the course of their hysterical journey, they are clothed, fed, and sheltered by the generous people of Britain.

©2010 George Mahood (P)2014 David Darlington

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    June Lapidow Princeton, NJ 12-21-15
    June Lapidow Princeton, NJ 12-21-15 Member Since 2015

    must love newfs

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    "A great book for driving"

    I spend a lot of time in the car, and this decidedly non-vehicular journey is a wonderful companion. Well read.

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    Kat Coz 09-25-15
    Kat Coz 09-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I recommended this to all my UK friends"

    It's so much fun, I laughed out loud several times, getting stares where ever I was. I feel like I know these guys like family now. This is witty and informative and heartwarming. I want to go to all the places they did, but by car. I'll probably wait a few months, then listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sunflower Maryland 08-31-15
    Sunflower Maryland 08-31-15
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    "Hilarious"

    Just the concept of a long distance bike trip in which you start out in only boxer shorts (no other clothes, money or even bikes) grabbed my attention. Then the book just sucked me in and I had a hard time putting it down. Thank you George for your story - I LOVED IT!

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    Barbara S. Thomas 07-27-15
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    "Very enjoyable"

    My husband and I listened to this book on a road trip and found it very entertaining.

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    E. Silva layton, ut 07-17-15
    E. Silva layton, ut 07-17-15
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    "What a fun journey!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It made me reminisce of my own cycling journeys. Their trip was truly an adventure and I loved the extra challenge of doing it penniless. Wow! My hats off to them!!

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    Reggie Wilson 07-07-15
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    "Great!"

    Enjoyed it. Great vacation drive accompaniment. Funny. Real. Narration fantastic! Kris Dyer is superb. Learned a lot about Britain as well.

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    DAVID COX 06-22-15
    DAVID COX 06-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging, humorous and enjoyable"

    Really enjoyed this. Funny and engaging all the way from Lands End to QThe narrator was just right and portrayed the experiences of the two cyclists really well. If you like adventure and humour, you will love this!

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-15
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    "Funny and inspiring."

    I had read this book previously, but had to give it a listen. Now I wish I could book a flight to Scotland to see the home of my ancestors.

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  • Jason
    Reading, United Kingdom
    6/8/15
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    "Very engrossing and funny"

    Was brilliant from start to finish.Will make you want to explore Britain on your bike

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Hayes
    3/25/15
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    "Funny....funny....funny"
    What made the experience of listening to Free Country the most enjoyable?

    George Mahood is a seriously funny bloke and to come up with this concept and then actually complete it makes for a fun ride!


    What did you like best about this story?

    His faith and his mates faith in human nature...plus the sense of humour is fabulous...


    Have you listened to any of Kris Dyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I have not, but he certainly brings the book to life...bouncy and jolly!


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

    Every time they got something for nothing...we forget just how generous the people of Great Britain are...


    Any additional comments?

    Whenever I need cheering up I turn to this listen...it never fails to make me feel better.
    Thanks George...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth burgess
    11/14/16
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    "loved it"

    very good book. loved the narrative, accents where spot on. some silly puns that didn't need adding, apart from that I loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bella
    10/21/16
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    "Free Country"

    A very pleasant and funny read which was enjoying to read. Made me laugh out loud many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J Williams
    United Kingdom
    8/27/16
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    "Good Book. Bad Performance."

    This is a good book ruined by the narrator. His vocal performance follows a pattern.
    This line ends with a his voice going up in tone. Now this line ends with his voice going down in tone. This line may go down about here, then back up towards this point. And this line will go up in tone here, & back down about here.
    Up & down, up & down, up down. Arrghh.

    A good book thoroughly spoiled.

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  • Gillian
    8/25/16
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    "Unbearable narrator!"

    The narrator made it so hard to concentrate on the story I couldn't even finish listening to the book. He had this awful repetitive 5 syllable singsong thing "du du du du daa, du du du du daa" what I heard of the story was ok, I might read the book someday

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jr
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    5/19/15
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    "Walking Britain"

    I liked the idea if the challenge but was dissappointed that every meal seem to be available, never met anyone that said no can't believe that possible

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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