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21st Century Yokel

By: Tom Cox
Narrated by: Tom Cox
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)
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Summary

21st-Century Yokel explores the way we can be tied inescapably to landscape, whether we like it or not, often through our family and our past. It's not quite a nature book, not quite a humour book, not quite a family memoir, not quite folklore, not quite social history, not quite a collection of essays, but a bit of all six. It contains owls, badgers, ponies, beavers, otters, bats, bees, scarecrows, dogs, ghosts and yes, even a few cats. What emerges from this are themes that are broader, bigger and more definitive.

©2017 Tom Cox (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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wonderful book perfectly suited to audio format.

wonderful, nostalgic book perfectly suited to audio book format. read by the author. highly recommended.

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Another great book from Tom Cox

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My New Year resolution was to stop listening to the Today programme in the morning as it just wound me up for the rest of the day. This audiobook was the perfect antidote. Gentle tales of walks, folklore and family. Having Tom reading it brought the book to life, particularly the LOUD DAD sections. Didn’t want it to end.

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Adored every moment

Simply adored every moment of this and will certainly listen again.
Tom speaks with such humour and warmth about nature, the British countryside, family, friends ...and cats.
It's the equivalent of, in audio book from, of a long walk in the country followed by curling up in your favourite armchair with hot chocolate, cheese on toast, a dog at your feet and a cat on your lap.

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Hugely enjoyable

I loved reading the book, and hearing it in Tom Cox's voice somehow adds another layer of enjoyment to it.
Recommended if you like any or all of: walking, nature, the sort of conversations that start on one topic and manage to cover lots of seemingly unrelated issues, lynx-related hypothetical mild peril.

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Best book of the 21st Century

I’m sad, no the book didn’t make me sad. I’m sad now I’ve finished the book as I feel like I’ve lost a good friend.
If you like nature, random stories, people falling out of trees and sheep then this is the book for you!

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Enjoyable

It really added to my enjoyment of the book that Tom Cox narrated it himself. I find him very likeable. Have read all of his 'cat' books previously and this one was no less amusing. Would recommend.

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Very comforting to the soul!

Walking around my Cornish landscape and suddenly laughing out loud as I listened, I really enjoyed this book. The ways of the cats therein were useful context for my own relationship with my cat Merlin, and the other cats. Didn't realise when I subsequently purchased The Good, The Bad and The Furry, that it wasn't also read by Tom himself. Please, please, please can they all be read by Tom in the future.

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  • Jo
  • 12-08-18

Loved it!

Love, love, loved this funny and educated tale of life in Devon & Norfolk. Tom Cox’s narration is funny & heartwarming, can’t wait to hear more from him. Makes me want to up & walk alone for miles & to get another cat too!

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Like listening to a friend

Loved listening to this especially having lived in Nottingham and Eastwood. Brought back happy memories.

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  • Shalaana
  • 22-07-18

Excellent book

I’ve just finished this, and I’m sad that it’s done. Wonderful stories of trees, walks, cats, swimming, family, and finding one’s place in the world.

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  • julie
  • 12-05-19

Absolutely endearing

Tom is insightful, illustrative, and paints an intricately detailed picture of the natural world he adores. His writing communicates how the landscape influences his thinking, while also giving an excellent sales pitch for getting out and experiencing the outdoors in general. If you live somewhere that the great outdoors doesn’t color your world much, this book is a good primer as to why others love it so much. Likewise, if you spend time bonding with the landscape, climates, and wildlife where you live, you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement with tom quite often. Witty, humorous, and honest in his expression of personal points of view - does not disappoint. I find myself upping the level of my own mental narrative after reading one of tom’s descriptive and insightful books, too.

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  • allison
  • 02-04-19

a wonderful collection of thoughts and musings.

listening to Tom stories is like sitting down to a cup of tea with a good friend and catching up. listening was delightful and endearing, and I will definitely be listening to this one over and over again.

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