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Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Narrated by: Janine Birkett
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

Millions of viewers of Our Yorkshire Farm watched Amanda Owen, husband Clive and their nine children share their daily lives at Ravenseat, one of the most remote hill farms in the country. It's a beautiful place, high in the Dales, and a rewarding existence close to nature.

But Ravenseat is a tenant farm and may not stay in the family, so when Amanda saw a nearby farmhouse up for sale, she knew it was her chance to create roots for the next generation.  

The old house needed a lot of renovation and money was tight, so with her usual resourcefulness Amanda set about the work herself, with some help from a travelling monk, a visiting plumber and Clive. 

It's fair to say things did not go according to plan....

In Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda brilliantly evokes life on the farm, as the whole family search for a missing newborn calf, much loved Shetland pony Little Joe defends his honour and the brutal winter of 2018 almost brings her to her knees. 

As busy as she is with her family and flock she also manages to transform a damp and dark old house into a dream home. Funny, charming and filled with unforgettable characters, this audiobook will delight anyone who has hankered after a new life in the country.

©2019 Amanda Owen (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic reviews

"Amanda’s life is one of old-fashioned values, hard graft and plenty of love. She, like her life, is extraordinary." (Ben Fogle) 

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Another enjoyable trip to Ravenseat

I really enjoy Amanda Owen’s books but this one did feel slightly flat compared to her previous two, possibly due to so much being covered in the last books. There were less details about individual animals although Little Joe and Chalky stick out. She is as always unstintingly honest about life on the farm, the positives and the disasters. A lot of the book is taken up with the restoration of the family’s new investment house which although typically funny and informative I have to say I found a bit dull when it came to the search for furniture.
I really dislike Janine Burkett as a narrator and have stopped listening to the Vera Stanhope series as I find her reading breathless and girly. It suits a bit better with these books than the detective but conjures an image which isn’t like Amanda Owen at all. I would have much preferred listening to her read her own book to be honest but that’s just my personal view.

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Excellent

A fantastic, well read account of a wonderful family life. It tells of a hard but very rewarding way of living.

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brilliant and enthralling account of farming life

Extremely enjoyable to listen to and gives a great insight about what lifestyle a shepherdess and farming life encompasses and gives vivid pictures in the mind of how things really are.
I await more of the same.

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Loved it

Yet another book written by Amanda Owen that leaves you wanting more. Lovely narration by Janine Birkett. I love that Amanda just says it as it is and is a wonderful story teller that keeps your attention all the way through. A must read.

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Appalling narrator

A pleasant enough book utterly ruined by the appalling narration – Lesson learnt, always listen to the sample.

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So wonderful

I have enjoyed every minute of this book, Amanda writes her books so beautifully and allows us access to her wonderful family life
in the Yorkshire Dales, so many tales of life with her very special family.

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A wonderful reminder of life in a remote dale

A wonderful insight into the rigours of life on a remote hill farm. I was disappointed with the readers interpretation of the Dales accent - making Clive sound like a dullard - and I know he is most definitely not! Otherwise superb!

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wonderful

great book loved the insight into this hard working family, there caring nature and happiness

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Life is too short

I have heard and enjoyed all previous Amanda Owen books. However having listened to this one for minutes (yes only minutes) the narrators affected sing song voice is so grating that I have abandoned it. I will buy the book and read it myself. A shame as I was looking forward to listening. I have considered if I should have given it longer but in this case I just know I could not live with that voice in my ear for several hours. Bet the book is good though!

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  • 10-03-20

Please write more like this!

I couldn't get enough of Amanda Owen's three books. I listened to them twice and was delighted to find more of her life with her family on the farm on social media. I am a devoted follower! The narration of Amanda's books is excellent. The descriptions of the farm and weather make me feel like a participant in her life. Please don't stop here, Amanda! I want to watch your babies grow up. Don't leave us hanging.