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Free Country

A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain
Narrated by: Kris Dyer
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Comedy, Memoirs
4.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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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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Good audio performance whiny story

The story is written in a very whiny manor and often I felt that the author was being a dickhead in how they whined and mocked people they met. The continuous snubs at gays and old people, who in many cases assisted them is a snub in the face. The reading was done superbly and was probably one of the only reasons I finished the book on Audio.

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Very entertaining!!!

1 learned so much about the UK from reading this book. actually I listened, and thought the narrator was great. Loved it!

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Hilarious tale

I loved this book, the story and narration both. There is no way I’d have the guts to travel like Ben and Gorge, but I laughed out loud hearing George recount their story and the shenanigans they get into on the journey from Lands End to John O Groats. A must read for any travelers planning an upcoming adventure!

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What a Waist

9-10 hrs of wandering dribble. What a waist of time. The whole point of the book is captured in the last 3 minutes; all points of value, but why 10 hrs of wandering to make the point.

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Frededick needs this book in Whispersync for Voice

Frederick had a stroke and can not read. He can follow
the text as it is read to him and highlighted by Whispersync for Voice.
This book is a funny true adventure. Please release a Whispersync
version. It lifts his spirit and helps his reading recovery.

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Hilarious adventure!

Just listened and followed the route in Google Maps. Even marked some places to visit. So much laugh and so many unbelievable meetings, pure kindness. And of course the main thing - I wondered so many times when they end up continuing solo but they never did, stayed together until the end in John o' Groats. Great fellows and great adventure!

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Hilarious

One of the best books I've read/heard in a long time. Had me giggling throughout the work day.

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brilliant story

I loved this wonderful story; this got me totally hooked on Mahood's stories. they are funny, relatable, with wild creativity as a hallmark of all he does.

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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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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.

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  • JohnJenner
  • 02-18-17

awesome

what a wonderful adventure & celebration of the kindness of mankind.
not to mention two fingers to commercialism

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  • Dr. S. Farrow
  • 04-26-17

Great book

Very humerous indeed. Bizarre escapade. Great narration by Kris Dyer in a very lively manner

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  • Giles
  • 02-20-17

Great read/listen!

Really enjoyable book, light going, very humorous and fascinating subject. Nicely narrated too . Recommended thoroughly

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  • Gillian
  • 08-25-16

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

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  • Jason
  • 06-08-15

Best book I’ve ever heard

Ive listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this is still the best one I’ve ever heard.Its funny and absolutely brilliant!

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  • John Hayes
  • 03-25-15

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...

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  • M. J. Hough
  • 09-04-19

Free country

Enjoying Great Britain in all its free glory the ups and downs of asking strangers for things and shelter

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 01-10-19

Should be available on the NHS!

Got the January blues? Feeling a bit fed up? Down hearted? Glum? Then this is the book for you. George and Ben are absolutely archetypal British eccentrics. As if cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats isn't a mad enough idea in its own right, they decide to take it not one, not two, but about another 637 steps further into mad territory by cycling the length of the country without clothes, food, bicycles and the additional limitation of no use of money. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but this is a very funny book that does reaffirm your faith in the innate goodness of the people of Britain. I can't imagine for one second how well this book will sell in any other country, it's so quintessentially British. But it is without doubt an uplifting, heart warming, chucklicious tale that I would highly recommend and doubtless will listen to again when I feel an attack of the doldrums coming on. Witty in a way that will appeal to every British citizen. Congratulations fellas, you've made us proud!

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  • ARC
  • 09-12-18

My first ever audible book

this was my first ever audible book and i couldn't have picked a better book to start with. From start ti end it has me hooked, such a brilliant read (listen) also Kris Dyer, take a bow loved listening to you read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-18

Great story and funny

I listened to this practically none stop. A great story and very inspiring. I would highly recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-31-17

An amazing adventure

I LOVED IT, So brave, funny, exciting and interesting. i so wish there was more.