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Familiar Countryside that I didn't recognise.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-14

I'm not sure about this book I enjoyed the walk but I know, and have often walked, a lot of the middle sections of the Pennine Way. Somehow I didn't recognise any of the places from the word pictures that Simon Armitage painted. I found that this bothered me. I also found that I only got a very superficial view of the people he met along the way. I have read many books about walking, in familiar and unfamiliar surroundings and most I found more engaging than this one.

3 people found this helpful

Interesting but ultimately too long

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

There was a lot in this book that was interesting and informative but it somehow couldn't hold my attention for long periods of time. In small chunks I found it worthwhile and I never felt like giving up on it but often took a break from it. As a result, it took me a lot longer than usual to get through it.

Would you recommend Jerusalem to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not. I might suggest it to a friend who had an interest in the subject but I don't think it would inspire anyone if the interest wasn't already there.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

I had no problem with John Lee's narration It suited the subject.

Did Jerusalem inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

I started off being very interested but as the book went on, each episode seemed to be dealt with in the same way and at a similar pace. It is a long book and my interest steadily waned. I always listen to unabridged versions but perhaps, in this case, I would have been better making an exception.

3 people found this helpful

Not easy but worth the effort.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-13

It took me a little while to get used to the 'voice' of this book. Very descriptive, reflective, introspective, I'm not sure how best to describe it. It conjured some rich word pictures but at times it seemed to require too much concentration and I'm sure I missed some of the detail. I don't want to be over negative; It did keep my interest and I really enjoyed the journey.

14 people found this helpful

Interesting and engaging but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-13

This book held my interest and is written in an accessible and engaging style. I enjoyed it and found much of it fascinating. The 'but' is that although it has been written in a clearly male voice it is read with a female voice, at times, this just sounds wrong.

1 person found this helpful