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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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Hits you hard in the heart!

We all know Billy Connolly the comedian Billy Connolly the singer Billy Connolly the expert on travelling across America!
But that is not really knowing him! Made in Scotland is a very emotive look back over 75 years I wanna Glasgow’s children! When he tells the story of becoming a welder Stevenson which transforms into the Upper Clyde shipbuilders You are struck with a sense of loss of the stories he tells I’m going to be lost forever, this is advisability that everybody needs to know! Open your heart to the story of his life and don’t forget the Kleenex

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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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a true legend!

Billy has always been my go to comic, if you feel sad he'll fix that. this story of it life was engaging and entertaining.

thanks Billy I loved it.

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Great - but wish I had bought the actual book

I really loved the storytelling and enjoyed listening. The conversation transcript sections at the end of several chapters do not translate well to audiobook though.

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absolutely brilliant

You've got to love the big yen!
This book is a must for fans n non fans.
such a shame that Billy wasn't the narrator..But it was read brilliantly.
and a great book from start to finish.

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A brief trip through Billy's life...so far

The header say it all. A lovely meander through some of Billy's proudest and fondest memories.

I liked the narrator. He captures Billy's voice both figuratively and, when quoting him, quite literally too.

I'll gift this to my son. As a pair of proud Socialist Glaswegians, we relate to much of what Billy stands for. In many ways, he is Oor Billy's and he most certainly has a special place in my heart.

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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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  • kuhn1991
  • 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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  • Sylvia J. Dymock
  • 17-11-20

Not what I expected from the sample. Disappointed

Billy Connelly starts this book off by saying he is going to rant and complain. the sample lead me to believe this would be true but that was just the preface. The little i did listen to was a lot of whinging about his childhood teachers and family. And, yes he has a true right to be bitter--it was awful. But I still wish I had checked it out from the library so I could return it. wasted a credit for a book not worth keeping.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-21

Loved the stories

I felt a part of his history. it was touching and funny. thank you for sharing.

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  • BumbleBee
  • 29-04-21

Too much fun!!

Billy's biography is a lot like the opening line from Dicken's Tale of Two Cities...it was the best of times, it was the worst of times...indeed! But worst or best, happy or sad, this comic icon nailed it and I could listen to this book again and again....and again. Carry on, Billy :)

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  • RC
  • 21-07-20

Family Changing! (As opposed to changing only my life)

Mr. Billy Brilliant!

I’m so proud to be (26%) Scottish!

Your memoirs were thought provoking and painted a picture of humanity as one, and unfortunately, as divisive creatures!

And you brought a brilliant humor to the trials of life

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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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  • 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!