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Made in Scotland

My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

All roads lead back home.

Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. 

It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!' So begins an odyssey through the Highlands, the Lowlands and the Barrowlands on a shaggy dog quest to find out what that 'something' was and whether it is still there.

Far from a typical travelogue, Billy’s quest is as much through his memories and experiences as it is through his excursions, with a series of key artefacts prompting reminiscences - a first pressing of a Hank Williams album (the first record he ever owned), Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen, a bottle of air that re-creates the smell of the old Glasgow Docks - each of which inspire moments of reflection, joy, drama and laughter. 

Accompanying a major BBC TV series, Made in Scotland is Billy Connolly's insightful, moving and very funny account of the stuff that really matters. Family, love, sex, health, football, fishing, work, art, swearing, banjos, friends, going to the pub. And good tea.

©2018 Billy Connolly (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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There's probably an incredible story here but...

this wasn't it, for me.
I was 54 minutes in, and still not completely sucked into the story. I'm not sure whether Mr. Connolly did the writing himself or had help?
I needed a stronger beginning/story to have me driven to know the rest of the story
Disappointed.
Michael Caine's book "blowing the bloody doors off" is a book that hooked me right off.

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Loved it

The only part I didn't like was that it ended. I love Billy Connolly. His stories made me laugh. The narrator was great.

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Whoa! Billy!

This a simply delightful listen. He is and always has been an absolutely charming guy. His accent is delightful, he is bright, humane and insightful. I have been enjoying this book while driving a particularly rough commute of 2 - 3 hours these past few days and Billy has really taken the sting out of my drive. Thanks!

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  • jdg
  • 10-23-18

It’s great

I really enjoyed this book, at times I was laughing out loud at others it made me think really hard about the struggles that billy is having with his disease and how he sees the future, I hope he lives for a long time and we find a cure for his disease but never a cure for his way of looking at the world. Long live the big yin 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-18

Enjoyable book

I thought it would have been Billy reading the book and was originally disappointed to find out he wasn't, after the 1st chapter I soon settled into Gordon Kelly's narration and enjoyed it. The book itself was a nice upbeat look back at Billy's life that made me laugh on numerous occasions.

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  • Di
  • 01-15-19

Well Audible I have enjoyed this program!

As a Big Yin fan I have watched all the television programs and I did wonder was there a point in listening to the book. What more could there be. It turns out...plenty. I had to accept it was not narrated by Billy but by someone that he endorses. I feel that Gordon Kennedy has done a good job and it’s Billy’s words. Things I have watched on the documentary are expanded and I can picture the scene or the person he is talking about because of the program. I really, really enjoyed the experience. Listening to the stories and reminisces of his life has been a treat. So yes, thank you Audible I really have enjoyed this program!

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  • mat brown
  • 10-27-18

Awesome funny and thoughtful

What a lovely insight to the pleasures and down falls of growing old

Gordon Kennedy is a delight to listen, Billy would have been better but totally understandable why he couldn’t or couldnae (did you see what I did there)😂

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  • Andy
  • 10-24-18

interesting but not great

i have heard most of the stories before but it was still worth it. easy to listen to

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  • C B
  • 05-18-19

NOT READ BY BILLY

Just can't understand why this isn't read by the author. It loses the whole point of it. Gave up - disappointed

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  • david llewellyn
  • 04-30-19

A heartwarming and enjoyable listen

Billy Connolly treats us to a heartwarmingi8 trott through his life to better understand the man and what makes him tick. Thanks for sharing, Billy!

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  • JohnJenner
  • 04-16-19

Lovely, enjoyed every moment

Never realised Billy was such an avid reader, or such a keen cyclist.
Made me smile all the way through

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-19

Lovely honest man. I wish him all the best.

Lovely honest man. I wish him all the best. God 15 words is an awful lot.

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  • CMDavis
  • 03-31-19

fantastic!

thoroughly enjoyed hearing some of Billy's history & how his humour helps him throughout life's trials. highly recommend.

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  • Mathew
  • 05-24-19

Most enjoyable book ever

This book has without a doubt been the most enjoyable book I have ever read/listened to.

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  • Josh Coupland
  • 04-25-19

The Big Yin and his Life through his own words

Having been a fan of Billy Connolly for over 13 years now I thought I knew all there was to know. I have watched all his live performances and the documentaries he has made including Around The World Tour Series.
I have even read the two books written by his wife however listening to this book was different because instead of being told Billy like by someone else were getting told by the man himself.

I really enjoyed this book and well worth your time and like myself you may learn a thing or two you didn't know.

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  • DEB1194
  • 04-09-19

love Billy

great book. wish billy had of been telling it himself though. but still well spoken

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  • SW TUBBS
  • 04-07-19

A Glasgow Straight Shooter

It contains some memorable anecdotes and some straight shooting opinions. His working-class upbringing is something he is proud of and his development as a comedian from a folk musician is very well described.

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  • Jennie Lamond
  • 03-29-19

Great if you want to learn about Scotland

If you have Scottish family, or a fascination of Scotland, this is such a fun way to learn about it, and it’s appropriately read by a Scott. Very interesting historical information weaved into the life story and comedy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-19

A great love letter to Scotland

Great narration and fabulous and insightful story of love and joy, forgiveness and most important the ability to laugh!

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  • Tina
  • 01-04-19

Billy’s the Best.

This is a must. Well read, in an easy flow.
Such an interesting person, Billy shares his life openly in this book.
I will listen again.
Thanks Billy xx

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  • joss plumb
  • 11-21-18

excellent story

a good listen to someone who 's accent I could understand very big fan of Billy connolly