• Move Along, Please

  • By: Mark Mason
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-23-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

At 10.41am on a Tuesday morning in September, Mark Mason boards the number 1A bus at Land’s End in Cornwall. Forty-six buses and eleven days later he disembarks at John O’Groats in Scotland. Move Along, Please is his account of that gruelling 1100-mile odyssey; a paint-by-bus-numbers portrait of Britain.
Along the way he visits everywhere from the village where the internet enters Britain to the urban sprawl of Birmingham (inspiration for the Two Towers in Lord of the Rings). He samples staples of the British diet from curry to the deep-fried Mars Bar, and uncovers countless fascinating facts about his native land – did you know, for example, that Crewe Alexandra football club is named after the wife of Edward VII, that Loch Ness could hold the water from all the lakes in England and Wales, or that there is a village which rejoices in the name Tongue End?
Set against the backdrop of 2000 years of history and with a full supporting cast drawn from that most unusual of species, the Great British Public, this is the unmissable story of a man rediscovering his nation in all its idiosyncratic glory.
©2013 Mark Mason (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd, Random House Audiobooks
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1 out of 5 stars
By Mad Jeff on 08-03-16

Thin Stuff

What would have made Move Along, Please better?

The book is dull, lacks any real humour and exposes the writers dislikes and prejudices.
It seriously needed a good editor to pick up on this. I'm amazed it found a publisher.

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At 41, the writer seems prematurely middle-aged whilst remarkably untraveled in his own country and lacking in common knowledge. Bill Bryson he is not so expect none of the humour or wry observations. His recollections are mundane and uninteresting; descriptions of places visited vague and littered with random facts that I imagine were gleaned from Wikipedia. I had high hopes for this book but have found it boring. He clearly has negative preconceptions about some people that he would have better kept to himself.
Having just recently listened to Stuart Maconie's excellent travelogue of his journey around the North, I found this a tiresome listen. Sorry.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Nigel on 01-18-17

Gets his facts wrong

The Lion of Vienna he talks about was Nat Lofthouse. not Sir Stanley Matthews do people not check,

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