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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?
What aspect of Roy McMillan’s performance would you have changed?
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. The author effortlessly takes you into his subjects. His writing is taut, precise and evocative.
What did you like best about this story?
Each chapter is dedicated to a different author/topic. Some reviewers didn't like this, but I loved it. It allowed for journeys into particular words and stories associated with the underlying topic that I found fascinating.
What does Roy McMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He reads beautifully; with him the stories come alive. You are climbing the mountain with him, swimming in icy water alongside him, clambering into caves as he explores. It's a full on sensory experience.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes. It made me furious to learn nature related words were being removed from children's dictionaries as they were "no longer deemed relevant". It also created a burning desire to get out there and experience some of the places or things discussed.
Any additional comments?
I couldn't tear myself away from this recording. The only downside..I became so caught up in the books and authors described in each chapter that I've had to buy many of them AND a hard copy of Landmarks so that I have easy access to the glossaries!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Living on the isle of Lewis and hearing our mother tongue makes me feel so proud of our country
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Thought-provoking thesis that loss of language affects how we see and relate to landscape. Frightening that people, especially children, have less and less experience of freedom in, and understanding of, the environment. The final chapter and its emphasis on children and their interpretations of environment makes one realise how close humanity is to loss of the essential links with what sustains us. A beautiful book!
I recommend this for anyone who shares a love of land, language and literature. Robert Macfarlane's writing expertly fascinates and informs. The discussion is artfully presented. Roy McMillan's performance fits well and it is an incredibly enjoyable piece of non-fiction. It will take you on a journey into landscape and leaves you reconsidering the conventional ways you usually see and discuss the 'natural' world.