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The Salt Path

A Memoir
Narrated by: Anne Reid
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The true story of a couple who lost everything and embarked on a transformative journey walking the South West Coast Path in England.

Just days after Raynor Winn learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their house and farm are taken away, along with their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, through Devon and Cornwall. 

Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea, and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable and life-affirming journey. Powerfully written and unflinchingly honest, The Salt Path is ultimately a portrayal of home - how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most unexpected ways.

©2019 Raynor Winn (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"An astonishing narrative of two people dragging themselves from the depths of despair along some of the most dramatic landscapes in the country, looking for a solution to their problems and ultimately finding themselves." (Independent

"In some ways The Salt Path reads like the ultimate drop-out odyssey, except that this journey isn't a life choice.... What the book chiefly conveys is the human capacity for endurance and the regenerative power of nature...The Salt Path has reminded me to scrape last year's mud from my walking boots and get rambling again. I hope it has the same impact on millions of others." (The Times (UK)) 

"Readers are immersed in a grueling and transformative adventure. Like the Winns, one feels 'salted' by the experience, however vicariously, drawn to the edge in defiance of fate and in search of a new life. They found it as well as a measure of acceptance, and their story is indelibly told." (Kirkus)

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Very Slow

Seemed to be very repetitive and slow moving. The author implied that being 50 years old was extremely old to be taking on the journey that lay ahead and the person chose to read sounded extremely old as well.

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Inspiration

I absolutely loved the story and narration. My husband and I have spent several summers doing long distance walking in England. The paths are so great there. This made me think how I want to go back. The only thing I did not like was the portrayal of the couple being old. We were their age when we walked and I never felt old! The walks make you feel young (when done). I wonder if people thought we were old. Well if I go back I will be old. This book gives me inspiration to make the next chapter of life outstanding. I hope Raynor writes more!

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Gratitude

Great ful for this lovely reminder of what really matters. Thrust into a very different future than what they had imagined - they find a perspective that they could not have gained without the heartbreak, struggle, & hardships.

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Did not enjoy

The story of a couple learning to accept change in their lives. I’ve always lived with change, so found the author’s rude awakening rather trite and the whole thing rather boring.

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Narrator sounded pretty old for a 50 year old but was great

I was pretty offended at first that the narrator has the voice of an 80 year old for a character who is only 50. Did a millennial hire her? Otherwise she’s a great narrator for a great book so I got over it.

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Redemptive memoir

Taking a huge risk at the edge of the abyss offers this amazing couple a new start

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Inspirational, soulful and so relatable!

Every wondering soul's guidebook. This is the must read for our generation. It's a perfect amalgamation of life's journey married to the natural world around us.

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Best book I’ve read this year

Inspiring tale of an older couple who have had everything unfairly stripped from them and yet manage to forge new lives, new selves. Beautiful descriptions of nature, philosophical insights from unlikely sources, political and ethical questions raised, a real love story (not just a hop between the sheets steamy interlude), and a tortoise. Best book I’ve read this year.

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Fantastic adventure & journey

Really nicely written with beautiful imagery. An incredible true story that surely would inspire anyone to get outside & walk!

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As a backpacker, I loved it

...but if I wasn't I'm not aure I'd feel the same. For anyone who has any experience on a trail wild camping, almost every written word is relateable, from the see of strangers to how dull other backpackers can be. The descriptions of the wildlife was gorgeous as well and the environmental tidbits were very interesting. But even for me I felt there were things brushed over or events mentioned that I'm not sure why were relevant to the story. Also while I could feel sympathy pangs of hunger and relate to exhausted turns of emotion I'm not sure how that would relate to me if I hadn't hiked. Overall I loved it but I do feel like it was written by a backpacker, for a backpacker.