Made in Scotland

My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (119 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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Loved it!

A very touching, earthy and upbeat memoir. Great view of aging and honoring memories. Connolly's story-telling is superb; the genius of making the listener laugh and cry and sigh and laugh again! I only wish it was longer.

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loved every minute!

A great telling of Billy's story. The narrator was chosen wisely and was reminiscent of Billy.

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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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  • 07-21-20

Family Changing! (As opposed to changing only my life)

Mr. Billy Brilliant! I’m so proud to be (26%) Scottish! Your memoirs were thought provoking and painted a picture of humanity as one, and unfortunately, as divisive creatures! And you brought a brilliant humor to the trials of life

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Can’t help but love anything Billy

Interesting insights into Billy’s earlier years voiced by a Scottish voice over artist. But nothing much about his relationship with Pam. That said, enjoyable and endearing.

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Perfect

I didn’t want to stop listening! Highly entertaining and perfect choice of narrator. Looking forward to listening to another book by Billy Connolly!

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I can't believe I wasted a credit on this blather.

I actually read the other reviews before I bought this book. I guess I miss the point. Mindless and boring. The narrator was decent, but the story is just not entertaining. And again, the author has to sprinkle his pointless political leanings throughout. Can't these dopes just write for entertainment and leave the political editorials to the professional hacks?

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Always great to get an insight on Billy's life.

Great insight on Billy's life as a kid and growing old. The narrator was good and took on the part of Billy quite well. It's well worth a listen. 👍

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No Holds Barred Autobiography

The Narration by Gordon Kennedy was first rate. You would have sworn that a healthier Billy Connolly was reading his own text. He traces his life from his hardscrabble youth in Glasgow where he was physically abused on a regular basis by teachers at school and his aunt. Somehow, he overcomes his tough childhood to become a musician, and then a fantastic comedian. I very much enjoyed this book. (For people insulted easily, you might want skip this one, because there are no sacred cows the Glaswegian comedian)

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Brilliant, honest, touching, funny

I absolutely loved this book. So much I didn't know about Mr. Connelly & Scotland!

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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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  • Andrew Watson
  • 08-06-20

Hits you hard in the heart!

We all know Billy Connolly the comedian Billy Connolly the singer Billy Connolly the expert on travelling across America! But that is not really knowing him! Made in Scotland is a very emotive look back over 75 years I wanna Glasgow’s children! When he tells the story of becoming a welder Stevenson which transforms into the Upper Clyde shipbuilders You are struck with a sense of loss of the stories he tells I’m going to be lost forever, this is advisability that everybody needs to know! Open your heart to the story of his life and don’t forget the Kleenex

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-20

Billy

Great listening to this book love to hear someone who never forgets were they came from money an fame does not change them he came from a normal background loved listening to his stories from his life well worth listening too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-20

a lovely listen by a great speaker

So when I opened it I was a bit glum that Connolly did not do the voice. I hate to say it but Gordon is great!

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  • Joe Clarkson
  • 09-01-20

insightful listen

very well read, this book flows brilliantly and is a charming and delightful listen.

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  • Patrick Dee
  • 06-24-20

Great Great Book

The narration was amazing , he read it well, the perfect man for the job, absolutely loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-20

Fantastic! A great insight

I'm a huge fan of Billy Connolly and this book was absolutely fantastic. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Dr.
  • 06-29-20

Well done Billy!!

Having been a fan of Billy's for 50 years, it was as good as I expected!! Also well narrated, given it wasn't Billy himself. Well done to all...…. I stromgly recommend this to anyone whw has any appreciation for the multiple talents of Billy Connolly!!

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  • Aj
  • 05-31-20

Loved it

Absolutely loved listening to this! Made me miss home, and family. Reminded me of the cheek I was brought up around. Made me laugh and cry! So bomb👌🏽

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-20

Loved it!!!

A great book from start to finish. Thanks for sharing your journey Billy. You’re a legend xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-20

dissapointed

dissapointed as it was not what i expected frm billy connely and was hoping he would have narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-20

hilarious and inspiring

Absolutely Fabulous, awesome narrator as well as a super inspiring book that really shows to just go about life and be the best you can. Absolutely hilarious of a book too

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  • Alexander Ferguson
  • 01-23-20

A great yarn

Billy’s take on the world is enlightening and so hilariously told. While I don’t agree politically with him you just know he has a heart of gold and wants the best for everyone and to see them laughing and happy. This book will brighten up your day! I know a lot more about the real Scotland from this book too.

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  • Michael
  • 12-31-19

Brilliantly Billy!

This is a fascinating and, of course, immensely funny look at Billy’s life and connection to his homeland. Although slightly disappointing that Connolly was not up to reading it, Gordon Kennedy’s narration is so good there are times you forget it’s not the Big Yin himself. Billy really opens up in his usual fashion which is to say his honesty and frankness about himself and his life is so refreshing compared to some of the more guarded autobiographies I’ve read. This is a must read (listen!) for anyone who has ever had their funny bone tickled by one of the best comedians the world has ever known.

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  • Brian
  • 10-16-19

Luv the Bigyin

Being a migrant myself leaving Scotland when I was 20 I understand what Billy says about getting older and feeling closer to Scotland with the urge to go back home more often. Such an interesting journey the man has had, what a great ambassador to our beautiful country and Scots in general.

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  • Tricia Stubberfield
  • 10-07-19

If you love Billy Connolly you’ll love this

A great story told by the only person that could do it justice. A very easy to listen to book told in a heartfelt manner.