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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Robert MacFarlane’s The Old Ways, a major new book from one of Britain’s finest nature writers about landscape and the human heart. Read by Roy McMillan.

In The Old Ways, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove-roads, and sea paths that form part of a vast network of routes crisscrossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to the continents beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, of pilgrimage and ritual, and of song lines and their singers. Above all this is a book about people and place: about walking as a reconnoiter inwards, and the subtle ways in which we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move.

Told in Macfarlane’s distinctive and celebrated voice, the book folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology, and literature. His tracks take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird-islands of the Scottish northwest, and from the disputed territories of Palestine to the sacred landscapes of Spain and the Himalayas. Along the way he walks stride for stride with a 5000-year-old man near Liverpool, follows the ‘deadliest path in Britain’, sails an open boat out into the Atlantic at night and crosses paths with walkers of many kinds - wanderers, wayfarers, pilgrims, guides, shamans, poets, trespassers, and devouts.

He discovers that paths offer not just means of traversing space, but also of feeling, knowing, and thinking. The old ways lead us unexpectedly to the new, and the voyage out is always a voyage inwards.

©2012 Robert Macfarlane (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Reader
  • 2017/05/09

A unique book and views

Would you listen to The Old Ways again? Why?

Yes! The meditative rhythm and atmospheric reading are entrancing, while the descriptions are rich.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Old Ways?

Any of the beautiful descriptions of old traditions.

Have you listened to any of Roy McMillan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I look forward to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Walking the paths and past

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2013/04/04

Not easy but worth the effort.

It took me a little while to get used to the 'voice' of this book. Very descriptive, reflective, introspective, I'm not sure how best to describe it. It conjured some rich word pictures but at times it seemed to require too much concentration and I'm sure I missed some of the detail. I don't want to be over negative; It did keep my interest and I really enjoyed the journey.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M
  • 2013/02/23

Thoughtful and insightful

Could have done without the literature review at the beginning (first hour or so) but once this is dispensed with the author explores the concept of "old ways" in a fascinating and literary manner. Part adventure, part travelogue, part natural science. Hard to define, very enjoyable.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Roderic
  • 2014/01/24

Absolutely Brilliant. A book to be revisited

Would you consider the audio edition of The Old Ways to be better than the print version?

The audiobook was excellent. I have bought the print version - the first time I have done this after listening to an audiobook - because of the wealth of references and my need to revisit parts of this book.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Esther
  • 2016/02/03

wonderful book

I am not a walker but thoroughly enjoyed this evocation of walks from Scotland (across the Cairngorms) to Palestine via part of the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela. It is lyrically written and beautifully read by Roy McMillan. I will listen to this many times.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah Day
  • 2015/07/11

Fantastic book

I really loved this book, and have spent ages looking up the other books mentioned and also looking through maps seeing what I can find close by!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • MR G WHALLEY
  • 2014/10/12

Most enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Initially I found it a little hard to get into but once over the first 20 minutes or so, I couldn't stop listening. In fact, I found it mesmerising and fascinating at the same time. Would thoroughly recommend this book.

What other book might you compare The Old Ways to, and why?

I understand Robert Macfarlane has published a couple of other books; I wish these were available as audiobooks also.

What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?

The narration perfectly complements the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to audiobooks whilst driving and found this perfectly acceptable to listen to in "chunks".

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Debbie
  • 2016/01/08

Loved it !

Where does The Old Ways rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listened to this on one rainy weekend and it brightened my mood no end.

What other book might you compare The Old Ways to, and why?

If you have any interest in nature or walking or history you 'll love it too.

What does Roy McMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Really well narrated , his narration kept me listening

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014/09/23

Very poor

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I haven't a clue. Anyone looking for a book about the old paths should stay away from this book in my opinion.

What could Robert Macfarlane have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write more about "the old ways" and less about the books he has read. Also avoid all the name dropping he seems to enjoy using. It seems he is trying to prove how many books and poems he has read.

Would you be willing to try another one of Roy McMillan’s performances?

No. I felt he reads too fast (I know I can slow it down if needed but should not have to).

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Old Ways?

All of them. All chapters of the book are the same.

Any additional comments?

This book does not live up to its' write up. I have read many books about old paths such as drove roads, green lanes etc. and this is not one of them. Maybe it should have a different title.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Maj
  • 2015/07/22

Evocative and inspirational

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes
Takes one out of the humdrum of daily life into a world that is on our doorstep

What did you like best about this story?

Very evocative in its description of the routes and the writers personal experience and emotion whilst on them.

What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?

Caught the mood perfectly in his narration, measured but not tedious

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

Really enjoyed the routes and moments described for Scotalnd, the waterways round Skye and the Cairngorms

Any additional comments?

A great read and/listen

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth
  • 2014/05/01

A little tiresome at times

I had really high hopes for this listen, I am sorry to say I found it disappointing. The general concept is an exciting one, many British walks to explore and narrate an audible commentary on. Alas this book is more like a thesaurus at some points. I actually felt it to be pretentious. Some of the sentences are so long and the author has an irritating over use of adjectives. Also, it jumps around onto different topics which make it tricky to follow. He starts rambling about stuff which is nothing to do with what he started off describing. The narrator does a sterling job trying to make the 'strings' of words sound comprehensible. Another positive is that you get plenty of hours listening for your 1credit. I would say it's one of those Marmite books, love it or hate it.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • h peens
  • 2021/06/05

Gorgeous

A delight from cover to cover, looking forward to reading all his others. Narration voice is also excellent

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2020/11/15

Beautiful

Gosh I loved this book, my first experience of Robert Macfarlane. It is beautifully written and beautifully read. Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys the subtleties of the world around them. Will revisit this book many times

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Wordish1
  • 2019/12/24

Superb writing, shame about the narrator

I loved Macfarlane’s extraordinarily poetical prose, however I suspect it’s best encountered on the page rather than in the ear, in part because it’s so intricate and rich that it deserves to be read very slowly, and in part because, in this case, at least, the narrator “performs” the book far too forcefully, injecting himself into prose that already eloquently speaks for itself. Eventually (about three-quarters of the way through) I got used to it, but from now on I’ll be reading Macfarlane’s work in print.