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  • Dispatches from Unreported Scotland
  • By: Peter Ross
  • Narrated by: Robbie Coltrane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Daunderlust

By: Peter Ross
Narrated by: Robbie Coltrane
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Summary

Peter Ross' articles from around Scotland provide a piece-by-piece portrait of a nation as it changes.

They show Scotland as she really is, a hopeful country not without problems and pain but a nation made great by the people who live, love, laugh and graft there.

From anatomists who find dissection beautiful to chip-shop owners who sing arias while serving fish suppers, the Scots in these pages come over as eccentric, humorous, moving and extraordinary.

©2014 All but ‘Glasgow Central’ © Scotsman Publications, Glasgow Central © Peter Ross (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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Really good stories spoiled by inept production

This book is deserves to be valued as high quality entertainment and valuable social history. Both the performance and the content are worth 5 of anybody's stars.

So then, why did this audiobook get released in this condition?

Given he isn't available to rerecord lines, we'll let the mispronunciations go.
But there are examples of Robbie fluffing a line and saying "shit" and then rereading it. These could be fixed.
Good editing is not a 'nice to have' in publishing it is a 'must have'.
My final complaint is a purely technical one. The articles sound like they were originally published as a column in a magazine or newspaper, so each one ends with a concluding remark that rounds off the piece. This perhaps should be followed by a breath or two to underline the end of the piece. What actually happens is the next chapter is announced so closely that it, at first, seems part of the previous sentence.
Please Audible, this book deserves a recall. Take it back into the studio and give it a thorough clean up and polish. Then it will get the stars it deserves.

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Beautiful set of stories

Listened to this audio book twice back to back. Set of random little beautiful stories. The gem is Robbie’s performance just superb.

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Rich, Humane and So Rewarding

This audiobook was a wonderful and varied experience for me (and also for a friend who read the print copy). Though a set of feature articles, there is little sense of this other than the mix of topics, people and characters covered. To me it felt more like an 'album' of short stories. The collection holds together really well. Peter Ross is an accomplished writer with insight, compassion strong writing skills and lovely turns of phrase. He like people and this anchors the book with a deep humanity. Humour is frequent - in many guises. As the son of a Lanarkshire man (but me Brummie born) I loved the light-peppering of Scottish words including the 'piece' (meaning sandwich) of my childhood. Each word is worth noting and looking up; without doing so meaning is not harmed - so do not be put off. The narration is fully sympathetic, though how far characterisations match reality no one can tell. Save for a careless, unedited narration error when Robbie Coltrane uses an ugly word, this audio book will remain a firm favourite. It was an absolute pleasure to come across this book. What we all need now is the second volume, 'The Passion of Harry Bingo' to be recorded and made available on Audible.

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"God made the Scots - just a little bit better!"

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These are 'dispatches from unreported Scotland' written by the Glasgow-based journalist Peter Ross for 'Scotland on Sunday'. On the page they're intensely alive and the language is vigorously sinewy; read by Robbie Coltrane they bring yet more life to all the humour (which can be savage, black, sharply witty or heart-breaking), energy and vibrancy. The result is a brilliant and graphic kaleidoscope of the extraordinary in ordinary people. No well-known names, no celebrities, these are real, everyday Scots from paramedics and sheep farmers to those who dissect - with great respect - donated cadavers in Anatomy Rooms. Inside Scotland's belly are the tough gangs who maintain the Forth Road Bridge buffeted by savage winds; prisoners in Glasgow's Barlinnie Gaol, their teeth rotted by methadone; 'Compost Corner' in The Waterloo where the elderly men sit in hope in Glasgow's oldest and most extravagant gay bar; the 'brutal business' of soft fruit picking, even if now the thornless raspberries no longer rip the pickers' skin to shreds; trained extreme cleaners who are brought in to expunge the gore following a violent death. Oystermen collect delicacies for restaurants down South; naturists enjoy the peace of Loch Lomond, Scotland's 'kit-off capital'; modern-day Jacobites save up for their authentic outfits; men on the Isle of Lewis are forced back to cutting peat as the price of oil soars. And then there's Scotland's natural beauty: the vast whirling murmurations of starlings; the shifting colours of Arthur's Seat from dusk to dawn.The promise of the author's opening sentence: 'There are more things in Irvine and Perth than are dreamt of in our philosophy' is generously fulfilled. For Scots and non-Scots, here are 9 hours of superb, energising listening.

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Wonderful stories, brilliantly read.

I enjoyed listening to this book immensely. I just hope that the sequel, Harry Bingo, will also be made available as an audiobook.

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How little I knew my own country

If I'm honest, I'd have to confess that I came across this in a 2-for-1 sale. Encouraged by the sampled narration of Robbie Coltrane I decided to go fo fit. It's a fantastic listen. The range of topics, people, places covered is very wide and there's not a dull chapter in the whole book. The mood ranges from serious, through informative to very light hearted. Regardless of mood, the writing is always fine, with many quotable moments. I won't spoil your listen by citing them here. Reaching the end, I realised how little I know my own small country. As some would say here, 'that needs tae get sorted'.

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Made me feel homesick for Scotland

Lovely book - not very high brow, but very enjoyable. Lovely bite size tales from all over Scotland. Robbie Coltrane's narration is excellent.

That said, the book need editing - there are quite a few places where he makes a mistake and repeats himself, obviously expecting to have it edited out, but it's been missed. As a result there's at least one expletive in there that wasn't intended (just in case that's an issue for where you're listening to the book)

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Magic! Peter Ross writer Robbie Coltrane reader

What made the experience of listening to Daunderlust the most enjoyable?

The writing of Peter Ross and the reading of his prose by Robbie Coltrane. Coltrane picked up Peter Ross's side comment sand brilliantly headed the into a net as surely as Archie Gemmill did in Argentina in 1978.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Daunderlust?

For me personally the chapter on the Strathcathro Services. For those who know of what I write - listen to the chapter and be prepared to be amazed and grateful for many things. I also enjoyed the story of the carnival people and the naturists at Loch Lomond and Barlinnie and the Jedburgh Ba' - there are just so many wonderful chapters. Was it Juliet who said it to Romeo - 'don't leave me so unsatisfied' - ha, Peter Ross/Robbie Coltrane. I want more.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Who needs prozac when you can spend a hae a daunder in Scotland

Any additional comments?

Thank you Audible for making this book available. A book I think should be the leaving present to every Scots schoolchild. Better still 'required reading'. This is a book which can open eyes and ears and hearts and minds.

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Took me back to my homeland

Coltrane is utterly brilliant as the reader of these Scottish vignettes. I know these people, I grew up with them. I missed a nights sleep because it is so captivating. Real people described sympathetically

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So many different stories

Fantastic!
Peter Ross has a great talent for uncovering the lives of so many people, each contributing in their own way, to the Culture of the Nation.
Robbie Coltrane makes an excellent job of narration adding his own comic twist with character voices.

ignore the narrator of the references at the end.
Sadly, unable to pronounce names correctly and seems unaware that items were published in a paper called "Scotland on Sunday" not published in "Scotland" on Sunday xth of June etc. Eejit!

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