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Summary

From best-selling author Amanda Owen come more tales of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, eight children and 1,000 sheep.

In A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess she describes the age-old cycles of a farming year and the constant challenges the family faces, from being cut off in winter to tending their flock on some of Yorkshire's highest, bleakest moors - land so inaccessible that in places it can be reached only on foot.

Writing with her trademark warmth and humour, Amanda takes us into her life as nine-year-old Miles gets his first flock, Reuben takes up the flugelhorn and she gives birth to a new baby girl. She is touched by the epic two-day journey of a mother sheep determined to find her lamb and gives a new home to an ageing and neglected horse.

Meanwhile Clive is almost arrested on a midnight stakeout to catch a sheep-worrying dog and becomes the object of affection for a randy young bull.

Funny, poignant and charming, A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess is a must for anyone interested in the countryside and those who farm it.

©2017 Magna Large Print Books (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Brilliant book. Voice very irritating though

Loved the book but the narration was terrible. Very irritating voice which made it hard to listen to

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Poor choice of reader- voice and delivery so unlike the author. Voicing of Clive particularly poor. The accent used was too broad. In life much more matter of fact and practical.

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Sensible advice.

I really enjoyed this book. Well read and interesting. Thanks. A really well designed and organised narrative. Two thousand acres. A real challeng.

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Great writing. But.

Absolutely love the memoirs of Amanda Owen and family.
Unfortunately for me the narrator spoiled it.
Using different narrators doesn't work in this instance.

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A year in the life of the Yorkshire shepherdess...

A change in narrator from the previous book by the same author. Whilst I preferred the previous, the diction is clear although some of the accents are a little odd.
The book itself is a wonderful insight into Hill farming life and I would recommend to anyone wanting to be whisked away to the countryside.

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absolutely brilliant

I could not stop listening. it was absolutely brilliant.
I laughed and cryed. very well red

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Wonderful

I love the books written by Amanda Owen. Once I start listening I cant stop but the narrator can be a little annoying with her impression of the children. I'm just about to listen to book 3 now . I read these books when they first came out and never tire of them.

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An excellent story a terrible narrator.

Loved the story but the narrator almost made me give up. Her reading of the children's parts sound as though they were aimed at three year olds and some of the dialect was cringeworthy. Much as I love Amanda Owen I would absolutely not listen to another book by using this narrator.

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Disappointing

I found this book very difficult to listen to because of the narrator. She sounded like a young teenager who has drunk too much coffee and thinks she is reading to a senile audience. Also the book seemed long and if I'm honest, a little boring!. This is a shame as I have enjoyed the TV programmes and the book read by Amanda herself with her contributions from her local paper.

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Entertaining and informative

Absolutely charming.
If you're a fan of the show then you'll love this too. Amanda knows her stuff and is funny with it. A great easy, atmospheric listen

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  • Maggie's Farm, Inc
  • 10-03-20

Loved it!

I came upon Amanda Owen's books while browsing Audible and now I am a devoted fan? I hung on every word. As a shepherd in upstate New York, USA, I can relate to what Amanda is attempting on a daily basis and I am in awe of her. I love the birthing stories....human and animal! How in the world does she manage the farm, the kids, the husband, without breathing hard?! And she looks like a fashion model!

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  • Liz
  • 26-02-19

Charming and educational

I'm a city girl through and through so this was a real eye-opener for me. I loved the narrator's accent and delivery and Owen's honesty about how life is for a shepherdess.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-18

Loved this book so much! I didn't want it to end

I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. could have listened on much more.

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  • MakerMike
  • 11-09-17

Another year of the saga and not disappointed

Amanda Owen continues the story of her expanding family and her life as a shepherdess. This book shares new stories that provide a rich view of this difficult and rewarding life. In this book you get to know a few more of the local characters in the community as well. She shares the highs and lows she has experienced through her families eyes and moves the reader to laugh and cry along her journey.

Her descriptions transport you to her family farm and stories provide enough background so that even the most citified readers feel at home listening. I have to admit, I can't get enough and would love to see a third book in her series.

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  • CDBoston
  • 06-04-18

Not my favorite

For those of us in an urban setting this life seems very strange. I thought there would be some entertaining stories or heartfelt tales but none to be had here. Having 8 children by accident is not really what I want to hear from a strong woman in modern times. She says she never planned on having one! Husband seems like a total ass! She is in a dangerous situation on highway and he is yelling at her?!? I would skip this.