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The Salt Path

Narrated by: Anne Reid
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, read by Anne Reid.

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and 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, via Devon and Cornwall.

They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as 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 journey.

©2018 Raynor Winn (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Sebii
  • New York, USA
  • 08-21-18

What a beautiful book about the essence of our humanity and who we are when we dig deep

I love this book, such beauty, such authenticity and vulnerability. I could put it down and look forward to the next one. Such inspiring people, showing that life is about love and walking through all life brings us .... togetherness 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

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Unassuming brilliance

A troubling story told in a light hearted and deeply honest way. Inescapably everyman and yet entirely personal; an exploration of homelessness, despair and profound hope. I felt totally engrossed in the landscape and like I had just had a long conversation with an old friend who had gone through a lot. Definitely worth a listen!

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Wonderful, wise, entertaining story

This beautifully written and perfectly read book will capture your heart. It did mine.
It's a story you have not heard before and will change you. As a distance walker, I wanted to learn about the coastal path. What I got was so much more!

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Not always pleasant but an important story

This book made many strong and valid points. When the author wasn't digressing into excessive facts and figures, it was compelling and real. However the narrator's voice was far too old for someone who is supposed to be 50 and because of that it diluted the effectiveness the story and made it seem almost whiny in parts. Yet it is a gripping chronicle of hope and spirituality.

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The narrator .....

Story was a bit too full of angst and toilet behind bushes being interrupted by dogs for my liking BUT it was the narrator who sounded as if she herself was struggling with the call of nature behind a bush which spoiled it for me. I think my review would be kinder if I had read it!

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  • Michael Loryman
  • 01-20-19

I want to taste those blackberries

an outstanding tale told with style, emotion and portaying empathy for the author and her husband.

This is a true life tale about a couple facing challenge and difficulty that upends their lives

Facing the challenge, they embark on walking the south west coast path. In doing so they change direction in their lives while maintaining their dignity and grace as they face bias and distrust for no other reason than they are different, interspersed with genuine kindness

i loved the anecdotes throughout, but the blackberries and first Peregrine were defining moments in the book.

I delayed listening to this book after several reviews questioned it's authenticity when told by the narrator. I'm not sure if I subsequently adjusted to accommodate a perceived problem when listening, but I have to say the narrator was excellent, matching the grace and pace perfectly to Ray and Moth as they travelled the path. It mattered not that the narrator was older but only that she conveyed the emotion of the story, which she did with aplomb

Thoroughly recommended

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  • N.J.Jones
  • 02-08-19

Great story, ill judged choice of narrator

Anne Reid’s performance as reader was very good and this is not a criticism of her at all. However I felt she was an inappropriate choice. Ray is a woman in her early 50s and since the book is in the first person, choosing a woman in her 80s (and clearly so) to read was distracting and somewhat alienating. I wonder who made this choice? Let’s hope it was not an assumption that for women 50=old so any older woman will do! An actress in her 50s (a fit and vibrant one at that) I feel would have been a better choice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-18

The Salt Path

An interesting tale, however I’m left wishing I’d read the book rather than had it read to me. The narration spoiled it, hugely. Anne Reid is a talented screen actress but, sadly was, in my opinion, absolutely the wrong choice for this book. Raynor Winn refers to herself as being aged 50, however her voice in the book makes her sound elderly. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, Anne Reid is 83. She has the richness of age in her voice, it just doesn’t match the characters in the story...in my opinion.

A number of the people Raynor and Moth meet along the way are Australian; unless the listener had been given prior knowledge of this, it would be virtually impossible to ascertain this from the narrator’s aussie accent. The same goes for the other regional/national accents that must be recreated in the narration of this book.

I hope, very much, that this book is re-narrated. Using an actress of a comparable age to Raynor Winn. Then it might be possible to truly feel the emotions behind the words as one listens.

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  • sally ellus
  • 02-02-19

Wrong narrator

Lovely story but through out it my brain tells me that the characters are old even though they’re 50ish like me!!! I had to imagine a lilting Welsh accent and a younger voice which was infuriating at times, Anne is a fabulous actor and has a gentle calming tone but sounds all of her many years old. Sorry, but had to be said!

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  • Kim
  • 06-02-18

4.5

4.5. This was simultaneously both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Close to home, now close to my heart. An insight into both the beauty if the British coastline and into the pandemic of nationwide homelessness. Memorable. I just wanted to hear more and know what has become of this wonderful couple since.

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  • a.hopewell
  • 06-02-18

Compassionate healing nature<br />

captivated by the wonderful narration. An intriuging and unfogettable insight into the lived of two homeless people. Their walk takes the reader on a wonderful journey with all its highs and lows A triumph of nature's healing and human strength through adversity.

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  • Someone in Wonderland
  • 08-13-18

A bit drawn out

I found the narrator's voice didn't match the female character in the book. The narrator's voice was of someone much older. Also her voice changed, sometines it was deep and at other times not and this was nothing to do with male/female voices. She was good with male voices and other accents though.
The story itself was quite interesting, partly because it was a true story and the observations of the couple's experiences got you thinking about your life and to be grateful and appreciative for what you have.
I felt it was a bit drawn out and was glad I had the audio version as I wouldn't have finished the book if I'd been reading it.

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  • Susie Hughes
  • 02-05-19

Thoroughly enjoyable read

This book was recommended to me and I can't begin to tell you how the story gripped me from the first. This book will change you forever as regards your outlook on the homeless.

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  • devonchatterbox
  • 02-04-19

Inspirational

What an uplifting tale of hope and endurance conquering adversity ! I loved every step of their journey. Thank you to the author for her magnificent prose and her open honesty.

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  • LBB12
  • 07-22-18

A different travel story but not sure on narration

The story is engaging and I felt drawn in by the journey and the love between Raynor and Moth. But I didn’t love Anne Reid’s narration, only because I felt her voice was a little old for the Raynor. Well worth listening to though.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 02-18-19

Absolutely brilliant

Just loved this journey. I could visualise their journey. Anne Reid was a perfect narrater.
Highly recommended

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  • Michelle
  • 04-18-19

Standout book. A must read

Superb. On so many levels. The only criticism I have is the narrator's age. She sounded 65. Raynor Win was 50 when she was walking with her husband.