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Made in Scotland

My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

All roads lead back home.

Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. 

It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!' So begins an odyssey through the Highlands, the Lowlands and the Barrowlands on a shaggy dog quest to find out what that 'something' was and whether it is still there.

Far from a typical travelogue, Billy’s quest is as much through his memories and experiences as it is through his excursions, with a series of key artefacts prompting reminiscences - a first pressing of a Hank Williams album (the first record he ever owned), Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen, a bottle of air that re-creates the smell of the old Glasgow Docks - each of which inspire moments of reflection, joy, drama and laughter. 

Accompanying a major BBC TV series, Made in Scotland is Billy Connolly's insightful, moving and very funny account of the stuff that really matters. Family, love, sex, health, football, fishing, work, art, swearing, banjos, friends, going to the pub. And good tea.

©2018 Billy Connolly (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks
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It’s great

I really enjoyed this book, at times I was laughing out loud at others it made me think really hard about the struggles that billy is having with his disease and how he sees the future, I hope he lives for a long time and we find a cure for his disease but never a cure for his way of looking at the world. Long live the big yin 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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Enjoyable book

I thought it would have been Billy reading the book and was originally disappointed to find out he wasn't, after the 1st chapter I soon settled into Gordon Kelly's narration and enjoyed it. The book itself was a nice upbeat look back at Billy's life that made me laugh on numerous occasions.

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  • 15-01-19

Well Audible I have enjoyed this program!

As a Big Yin fan I have watched all the television programs and I did wonder was there a point in listening to the book. What more could there be. It turns out...plenty. I had to accept it was not narrated by Billy but by someone that he endorses. I feel that Gordon Kennedy has done a good job and it’s Billy’s words. Things I have watched on the documentary are expanded and I can picture the scene or the person he is talking about because of the program. I really, really enjoyed the experience. Listening to the stories and reminisces of his life has been a treat. So yes, thank you Audible I really have enjoyed this program!

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Awesome funny and thoughtful

What a lovely insight to the pleasures and down falls of growing old

Gordon Kennedy is a delight to listen, Billy would have been better but totally understandable why he couldn’t or couldnae (did you see what I did there)😂

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interesting but not great

i have heard most of the stories before but it was still worth it. easy to listen to

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Great Great Book

The narration was amazing , he read it well, the perfect man for the job, absolutely loved it.

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I've always liked Billy Connolly

I've always liked Billy Connolly, his stand up routines have always made me laugh.
I was surprised to find out more about his life, and is was a colourful one at that.
This is an honest bio of Billy, the narration was brilliant, many of his story's will stick in my memory and many were hilarious.
Well worth listening to.

Thanks

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Loved it!

Loved the book! Laughed out loud. Hope it's a long time before you're away now the big y'un.

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Through and through

A true Scottish upbringing had by many, not entirely enjoyable at times but character building nonetheless.

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entertaining

a very funny travel through Billy's life, most of the story's have been heard before. but still funny.

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  • 05-09-19

loved every minute!

A great telling of Billy's story. The narrator was chosen wisely and was reminiscent of Billy.

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  • alexis
  • 18-04-19

There's probably an incredible story here but...

this wasn't it, for me.
I was 54 minutes in, and still not completely sucked into the story. I'm not sure whether Mr. Connolly did the writing himself or had help?
I needed a stronger beginning/story to have me driven to know the rest of the story
Disappointed.
Michael Caine's book "blowing the bloody doors off" is a book that hooked me right off.

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  • Ian Hutchinson
  • 20-02-20

Can’t help but love anything Billy

Interesting insights into Billy’s earlier years voiced by a Scottish voice over artist. But nothing much about his relationship with Pam. That said, enjoyable and endearing.

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  • John Lamberth
  • 10-02-20

Loved it!

A very touching, earthy and upbeat memoir. Great view of aging and honoring memories. Connolly's story-telling is superb; the genius of making the listener laugh and cry and sigh and laugh again! I only wish it was longer.

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  • Loribeth Barden
  • 31-01-20

Perfect

I didn’t want to stop listening! Highly entertaining and perfect choice of narrator. Looking forward to listening to another book by Billy Connolly!

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  • J. M. Popa
  • 23-01-20

I can't believe I wasted a credit on this blather.

I actually read the other reviews before I bought this book. I guess I miss the point. Mindless and boring. The narrator was decent, but the story is just not entertaining. And again, the author has to sprinkle his pointless political leanings throughout. Can't these dopes just write for entertainment and leave the political editorials to the professional hacks?

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  • adam forde
  • 06-01-20

Always great to get an insight on Billy's life.

Great insight on Billy's life as a kid and growing old. The narrator was good and took on the part of Billy quite well. It's well worth a listen. 👍

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  • Steve Adams
  • 23-07-19

No Holds Barred Autobiography

The Narration by Gordon Kennedy was first rate. You would have sworn that a healthier Billy Connolly was reading his own text. He traces his life from his hardscrabble youth in Glasgow where he was physically abused on a regular basis by teachers at school and his aunt. Somehow, he overcomes his tough childhood to become a musician, and then a fantastic comedian. I very much enjoyed this book. (For people insulted easily, you might want skip this one, because there are no sacred cows the Glaswegian comedian)

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  • spike417
  • 30-06-19

Brilliant, honest, touching, funny

I absolutely loved this book. So much I didn't know about Mr. Connelly & Scotland!

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  • Angi
  • 25-06-19

Wonderful!!

I thoroughly loved this book! It made me laugh and so much. It’s sweet and even a bit bittersweet in places. Such a lovely thing for Billy I to do, to share his life with us in such an intimate way.
As for the narrator, Wow! He was wonderful! There were many times that I forgot that it wasn’t actually Billy Connolly speaking. His timing and cadence were wonderful. I have another of Billy’s books and its narration is just awful. It sounds like an Englishman trying to force a Scots accent.