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Landmarks

Written by: Robert Macfarlane
Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Landmarks, a fascinating exploration of the relationship between language and landscapes by Robert Macfarlane, read by Roy McMillan.

Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to describe land, nature, and weather.

Travelling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms and exploring the landscapes of Roger Deakin, J. A. Baker, Nan Shepherd, and others, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape and a vital means of coming to love it.

The audiobook version contains an exclusive bonus chapter - a recording of Finlay MacLeod (novelist, historian, broadcaster, archivist, and one of the dedicatees of Landmarks) reading words and definitions from his Peat Glossary for the Isle of Lewis.

This hoard of rare and evocative terms was one of the inspiring documents for the book.

Finlay's voice is also used as a divider between chapters, and the other glossaries in the text are bracketed with appropriate sound effects.

©2015 Robert Macfarlane (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-08-08

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What would have made Landmarks better?

The book version is the way to read this. Words in numerous languages and unique meanings simply must be read, not followed at speaking speed. Audible did not describe this adequately.The book is good.

What other book might you compare Landmarks to and why?

Na

What aspect of Roy McMillan’s performance would you have changed?

Nothing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book is good; in the Audible version the text is difficult to follow.

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  • Dayle
  • 2017-02-06

mesmerizing

Would you consider the audio edition of Landmarks to be better than the print version?

I sure the written word version of this book is good, but the audible version is outstanding!
Background ambient sound, this background "native voice" adds a ghost-like background as a transition change. The readers voice is gentle, yet dramatic. Highly recommend

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • KiraNyres
  • 2017-05-03

Must Read/Listen

This book I own in all it's formats, Roy McMillan takes the work to a new level with his narration. Landmarks is the story of lost language lost culture in the age of tech we've lost our children have lost their natural abilities and this work seeks to point out the fallacy of losing our natural side. For any language lover, nature poet or outdoorsman, you'll find this book full of treasures hiding in each chapter and new each time you read or listen. Robert MacFarlane's talent for word and observation would make even the most treasured authors green with envy.

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  • V
  • 2015-04-05

Perfection.

What a wonderful, stirring, enriching and delightful experience this book this is to listen to.
It is a forever book.
The narrator is a pleasure to listen to, and perfectly matched here.

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  • Philip Foster
  • 2019-03-01

Stunning.

An absolutely gorgeous book that will change the way you see the world, as well sending you rushing to the nearest bookstore to track down copies of all the other books it talked about herein. The fantastic narration by Roy McMillan really brings the lush, verdant prose to life, a reading further enhanced by a subtle, lovely soundscape created to enhance the audio version. I'd recommend getting both the audio and paperback editions. I only wish more of Macfarlane's work was available in this way, (it may already be but is 'region locked' for me, a notion that seems counter to the author's philosophy of language).

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  • Miriam
  • 2018-05-16

McMillan narrating Macfarlane is a treat

I purchased a print copy to go with the audio because I wanted access to the list of words, but the narrator is fabulous and I've really enjoyed listening to this one -- so if you can swing it, it's worth getting both.

Watch out, my book collection increased substantially after listening to this.

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  • FlyGuy
  • 2018-05-04

A Treasure

Robert Macfarlane is a treasure!!!! what an erudite outdoorsman, as come on the heath as in a Cambridge college library. Astounding!

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  • Lambert Parker
  • 2017-08-22

Great book. Great narrator.

This is a wonderful book, and not an easy one to pull off as an audiobook in that fully half of it is a glossary! The narrator obviously did his homework with pronunciation of words in many different languages and dialects. In addition, each area of quotation seems to be in the distinctive voice of that quotation's author.

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  • Peter MacLeod
  • 2015-04-25

Could be and was said in the first few pages

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Flogs the loss of words to death. Languages are living things that reflect life as it is lived where it is lived. Words come and go. Do we need another book to tell us the obvious?

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

Not written the book

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

He was fine with the material he had to use.

Could you see Landmarks being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Never, please

Any additional comments?

move on.

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