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Fred

The Definitive Biography of Fred Dibnah
Narrated by: Clive Mantle
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)
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Summary

Fred Dibnah's World celebrates the life and work of Britain's best known steeplejack and national treasure, Fred Dibnah. Before his death in 2004, Fred presented many popular series, including Magnificent Monuments, The Age of Steam and Made in Britain, all of which attracted viewers in their millions.

Fred is the companion to the 12-part BBC2 series celebrating the life of this great man, which combines highlights from some of Dibnah's classic programmes with previously unseen footage. The book can of course go much further than the series, including an extraordinarily account of Fred's childhood which evokes a lost England and our great industrial heritage. Fred's passion for the glories of the Victorian age and his fascination with the landscape he grew up in, plus his admiration for the craftsmen and labourers who made it all possible, captivate us on every page. Fred is the personification of everything that made England great in the first place. And this is a glorious tribute to a man whom millions came to love.

©2006 David Hall (P)2011 Random House AUDIO GO

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Excellent listen, wonderful

This is a wonderful and thoughtful book, it tells the story of the man behind the tv face of Fred. Such a talented and interesting man who truly lived in a past age where values were valued. We share a hero, Brunel and through that I felt a true connection. I will never look at a stack or church tower without thinking of this wonderful man.

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Fantastic Read. Very Moving.

Excellent book with narration that brings it all to life. Final chapter is one of the most moving pieces of text I have come across. Will be listening to this many times.

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The mechanics of the man and his passions

This is quite something of a life story of all of Fred Dibnah's passions. This book made me laugh and brought a lump to my throat, a brilliant listen for all fans of Fred and those who have an interest in him!!!

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a bloody good read

im a man of few words so here goes.. awesome a well worth listen fred is the man oh and bring back national service r.i.p fred

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fred

i enjoyed this book, with the guy doing the audio been very good at Fred's voice, it made for good listening

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  • Joseph
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azzurra

an exellent listen & well narrated. Having watched several of the Fred Dibnah TV series this audio book was an superb account of his life and insight into his character

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A real man

I always used to enjoy his TV documentaries, he came across as a man of the people with a can do attitude. This book does well in giving you an insight to the life both of a personal nature and indeed the public side, the last chapter is a celebration of what he stood for and is very sad that I was quite moved.

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great book love it

loved it Freds life was fantastic but the final chapter makes you cry best read so far

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Totally engrossed from start to finish

What a wonderful book I was totally engrossed from start to finish what an amazing story of rags to fame no riches

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Earthy, compelling and sad.

listening to an audiobook where the presenter imitates the subject, I thought would not be the best route forward - how wrong I was.

Clive's delivery of the story of Fred, is truly compelling listening. The more you hear, the more you want to hear.

Having grown up fascinated by his numerous television appearances, avidly following them, you might think there is nothing more to learn, not so. Fred's biography summarises his life, filling in the gaps you didn't realise were there.

But be warned, the end of the book is very sad, documenting his final months with great compassion. year inducing indeed...