• by Robert Macfarlane
  • Narrated by Roy McMillan
  • 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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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- V "Books, books, books..."

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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- Peter MacLeod "Retired father of two with 4 grandchildren. I listen to my books while driving or flying off to somewhere. Keeps me up to date."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-05-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited