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My Falkland Islands Life

One Family's Very British Adventure
Narrated by: David Ayers
Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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The world calls the Falkland Islands harsh and isolated. The Carters called it home....

In 1982, war brought The Falkland Islands into the spotlight. When Jennifer and her family put down roots in an unspoiled community on West Falkland, they can’t help but see the unruly climate and the close proximity to a frozen wasteland. How could a place like this be worth fighting for? 

The Carters quickly learn that the Falklands way of life is friendliness and self-sufficiency. Their new life becomes one of abundant wildlife and growing their own food, but it never strays from the island’s true British identity. 

Part homesteading, part off-the-grid, and all charm, this loving testimony to the resilient people of the islands will have you adding the Falklands to your bucket list in an instant. 

My Falkland Islands Life is the story of one family’s adventure in a sub-Antarctic British territory 8,000 miles from the United Kingdom. The Falklands are situated in the South Atlantic, to the east of Argentina, South America. Whether you live on the islands, plan to travel there, or enjoy a fascinating travelogue, you’ll love Jen Carter’s engaging memoir of a charming life at the bottom of the world. 

Buy My Falkland Islands Life to discover the true Falklands today!

©2017 Jen Carter (P)2018 Jen Carter

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My Falkland Islands Life One Family's Very British Adventure. An OK listen, interesting description of life there.
Would have been better if it had a female narrator, because it is written and told by a women.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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Wonderful!

daily-life, family, friendship, nonfiction, short

Welcome to living on one of the smallish islands off the east coast of Argentina in the Atlantic and home to high winds, penguins, and hardy resourceful people. The author, her husband and small son transferred from England and lived there for two years, enjoyed making friends, living a totally different lifestyle, and learning so many new things. This small book is a testament to the people who live there and a fine way for the rest of us to appreciate the islands and those people. Set in the mid 1980's, there is a lovely postscript as an update.
David Ayers did an amazing job of narration!
I requested and received a free audio copy from the author via AudioBookBOOM.

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Unique area in the World





This Book is a great way to learn about this unusual place and is a interesting way to learn about the people and the place itself.

The Narrator had a good performance.





This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


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An Utterly Charming Tale of a Special Place

Jen Carter's brief memoir of her family's relocation to the Falkland Islands is an utterly charming tale told with great warmth and affection for a unique place and the special people she met there. It is a quick and fully worthwhile listen as she describes the friendly, welcoming people and dramatic landscape of these remote-but-engaging islands. The well-described scenes remind one of "Little House on the Prairie" and other tales of pioneers and homesteaders. Pleasantly narrated. Recommended for all.

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Inside look at a remote land most of us will never

I read this book as preparation for a South American cruise that will make a stop in Stanley, which was referenced several times in this book. It provides an interesting look at this remote region, and a more in-depth one than I will be able to experience as a mere tourist. The author describes her own first impressions as an outsider, then shows the adjustments that she and her family must make as they build a life in a land so unlike their native Britain.

There's a bit of repetition--for instance, we're told several times that the Falkland Islanders are self-sufficient, as they must be, cut off from the larger world in the last of the pre-internet days. For the most part, though, I found myself wanting more--more details of Christmas spent in the Southern Hemisphere, where it's summer, more details of what Jen and her family did for fun so far away from town ("town" in this case being Stanley).

I struggled a bit with how to rate the narrator. David Ayers did a fine job, and his British accent is appropriate for a memoir set in this British territory--if only the memoirist had been a man. But the author is a woman, and she tells her story in the first person. It's jarring to hear a man recounting lines like "When I discovered I was pregnant with our second child..." I can't help wondering why the author didn't choose a woman for the job.

All in all, though, this is a vividly described look at a land few of us will ever get to see. It makes me doubly impatient for my own visit.

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My Falkland

Good story,,written by a woman,told from her view YET had a male narrator.The naration ,by David Ayers,was slow and boring,picked up in places then back again.It is always interesting to learn about other places and people.This could have been better.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Beautiful, I want to go!

Jen Carter's beautiful story, My Falkland Islands Life, is educational and entertaining alike. :) What a journey!

What a mystery and adventure it would be to live a completely different lifestyle for a time, and really have to WORK for everything you have.

It sounds like an amazing place.
I felt as if I was there, and really enjoyed the stay. Well written and beautifully narrated, excellent job :)

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  • emma c moore-morton
  • 10-01-18

Fantastic book.

Brilliantly written.
So interesting and informative, learn about the locals and their island home.
Recommend

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