Free Country

A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain
Narrated by: Kris Dyer
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 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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LOVED it

my favorite George mahood book so far. I look forward to reading all of his books

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Excellent Travelogue

Mahood is on par with Bill Bryson, skillfully written, fantasist adventure, great mix of education and humor. Well done George!

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Thre best medicine!

Everyone should read this book, especially during these trying pandemic times. I laughed and laughed, and thoroughly enjoyed the entire story.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-20

thoroughly enjoyable

thoroughly enjoyable but with some crap jokes. a good achievement for the boys well done

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  • Adrian Muckley
  • 12-01-19

Humorous travel book

Nice easy to listen, funny travel book. If you enjoy odd adventures you'll enjoy this.

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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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  • Gareth burgess
  • 11-14-16

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

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-31-17

An amazing adventure

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