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  • Down to Earth

  • Gardening Wisdom
  • By: Monty Don
  • Narrated by: Monty Don
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Discover Monty's thoughts and garden ideas around nature, seasons, colour, design, pests, flowering shrubs, containers and much more. Hear about the month-by-month jobs he does in his own garden that he hopes are relevant to you. Monty's warm voice brings this most intimate book to life - an enriching listen for any gardener. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical, delightful and informative

  • By North Norfolk on 04-06-19

Annoying narration

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Reviewed: 31-07-19

I adore Monty Don, and thought I’d enjoy this very much. But he overeggs the narration so much that I just couldn’t stand to listen. Every single word is spoken with such extreme - and inappropriate- emotion and enthusiasm that he’s practically panting with the effort and has to take great gasps of air between and sometimes in the midst of sentences. It’s stressful and exhausting to listen to.

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  • The White Road

  • A pilgrimage of sorts
  • By: Edmund de Waal
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

A handful of clay from a Chinese hillside carries a promise: that mixed with the right materials, it might survive the fire of the kiln and fuse into porcelain - translucent, luminous, white. Acclaimed writer and potter Edmund de Waal sets out on a quest - a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Being!

  • By Rachel Redford on 15-10-15


2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-16

Would you try another book written by Edmund de Waal or narrated by Michael Maloney?

No. They are both so annoying in their individual ways.

Has The White Road put you off other books in this genre?

In the genre, no.

How could the performance have been better?

Narrator vastly overeggs it - says the most mundane things in a tense, excited voice that becomes hugely irritating.

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

Interesting subject matter, if the writer could have stuck to the subject, porcelain, rather than larding it with tedious details about his personal life. Should have been edited, edited, edited to about half its over-inflated (like author's ego) size.

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