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Free Country Audiobook

Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain

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Publisher's Summary

The plan is simple. George and Ben have three weeks to cycle 1,000 miles from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland. There's just one small problem - they have no bikes, no clothes, no food, and no money. Setting off in just a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts, they attempt to rely on the generosity of the British public for everything from food to accommodation, clothes to shoes, and bikes to beer.

During the most extraordinary of challenges, George and Ben scavenge through rubbish bins, search for the Loch Ness monster, wash dishes, clean hotels, sing Christmas carols for food, swim in lakes, descend Cornish hills on children's bikes, and cook a barbecue for 30 old people in a field. They spend the night in a greenhouse, a canal boat, a posh hotel, an empty house, a pub, a tent in a car park, and a barn with a bull.

Through the course of their hysterical journey, they are clothed, fed, and sheltered by the generous people of Britain.

©2010 George Mahood (P)2014 David Darlington

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    Frederick Bates 09-29-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Frededick needs this book in Whispersync for Voice"

    Frederick had a stroke and can not read. He can follow
    the text as it is read to him and highlighted by Whispersync for Voice.
    This book is a funny true adventure. Please release a Whispersync
    version. It lifts his spirit and helps his reading recovery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristel T 07-23-17
    Kristel T 07-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hilarious adventure!"

    Just listened and followed the route in Google Maps. Even marked some places to visit. So much laugh and so many unbelievable meetings, pure kindness. And of course the main thing - I wondered so many times when they end up continuing solo but they never did, stayed together until the end in John o' Groats. Great fellows and great adventure!

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    Traci Williamson 05-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Hilarious"

    One of the best books I've read/heard in a long time. Had me giggling throughout the work day.

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    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 04-15-17
    Amazon Customer Atlanta, GA 04-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant story"

    I loved this wonderful story; this got me totally hooked on Mahood's stories. they are funny, relatable, with wild creativity as a hallmark of all he does.

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    June Lapidow Princeton, NJ 12-21-15
    June Lapidow Princeton, NJ 12-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great book for driving"

    I spend a lot of time in the car, and this decidedly non-vehicular journey is a wonderful companion. Well read.

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    Kat Coz 09-25-15
    Kat Coz 09-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "I recommended this to all my UK friends"

    It's so much fun, I laughed out loud several times, getting stares where ever I was. I feel like I know these guys like family now. This is witty and informative and heartwarming. I want to go to all the places they did, but by car. I'll probably wait a few months, then listen again.

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    Sunflower Maryland 08-31-15
    Sunflower Maryland 08-31-15
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    "Hilarious"

    Just the concept of a long distance bike trip in which you start out in only boxer shorts (no other clothes, money or even bikes) grabbed my attention. Then the book just sucked me in and I had a hard time putting it down. Thank you George for your story - I LOVED IT!

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    Julie 08-28-15
    Julie 08-28-15
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    "Travel and humor"

    The author and his best friend decide to bike from one tip of England to the other. They only have a few obstacles in the way: they don't have bikes..Or money. Or clothes.
    Yes, they start their journey in their underpants, and travel along to see if they can depend on the kindness of strangers. I've listened to this multiple times and enjoy it every time.

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    Barbara S. Thomas 07-27-15
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    "Very enjoyable"

    My husband and I listened to this book on a road trip and found it very entertaining.

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    E. Silva layton, ut 07-17-15
    E. Silva layton, ut 07-17-15
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    "What a fun journey!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It made me reminisce of my own cycling journeys. Their trip was truly an adventure and I loved the extra challenge of doing it penniless. Wow! My hats off to them!!

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  • Dr. S. Farrow
    4/26/17
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    "Great book"

    Very humerous indeed. Bizarre escapade. Great narration by Kris Dyer in a very lively manner

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Giles
    2/20/17
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    "Great read/listen!"

    Really enjoyable book, light going, very humorous and fascinating subject. Nicely narrated too . Recommended thoroughly

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JohnJenner
    2/18/17
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    "awesome"

    what a wonderful adventure & celebration of the kindness of mankind.
    not to mention two fingers to commercialism

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Reading, United Kingdom
    6/8/15
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    "Very engrossing and funny"

    Was brilliant from start to finish.Will make you want to explore Britain on your bike

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Hayes
    3/25/15
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    "Funny....funny....funny"
    What made the experience of listening to Free Country the most enjoyable?

    George Mahood is a seriously funny bloke and to come up with this concept and then actually complete it makes for a fun ride!


    What did you like best about this story?

    His faith and his mates faith in human nature...plus the sense of humour is fabulous...


    Have you listened to any of Kris Dyer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I have not, but he certainly brings the book to life...bouncy and jolly!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every time they got something for nothing...we forget just how generous the people of Great Britain are...


    Any additional comments?

    Whenever I need cheering up I turn to this listen...it never fails to make me feel better.
    Thanks George...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Ross
    9/9/17
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    "Down to earth and great fun"

    This book was a good read and interesting to see if the guys would complete their challenge. Easy listening and very funny with the guys meeting all walks of life along the way.

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  • Gareth burgess
    11/14/16
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    "loved it"

    very good book. loved the narrative, accents where spot on. some silly puns that didn't need adding, apart from that I loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    10/21/16
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    "Free Country"

    A very pleasant and funny read which was enjoying to read. Made me laugh out loud many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J Williams
    United Kingdom
    8/27/16
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    "Good Book. Bad Performance."

    This is a good book ruined by the narrator. His vocal performance follows a pattern.
    This line ends with a his voice going up in tone. Now this line ends with his voice going down in tone. This line may go down about here, then back up towards this point. And this line will go up in tone here, & back down about here.
    Up & down, up & down, up down. Arrghh.

    A good book thoroughly spoiled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    8/25/16
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    "Unbearable narrator!"

    The narrator made it so hard to concentrate on the story I couldn't even finish listening to the book. He had this awful repetitive 5 syllable singsong thing "du du du du daa, du du du du daa" what I heard of the story was ok, I might read the book someday

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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