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Made in Scotland

My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (255 ratings)
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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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  • jdg
  • Isle of Bute
  • 23-10-18

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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  • Di
  • 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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Lovely, enjoyed every moment

Never realised Billy was such an avid reader, or such a keen cyclist.
Made me smile all the way through

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Lovely honest man. I wish him all the best.

Lovely honest man. I wish him all the best. God 15 words is an awful lot.

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fantastic!

thoroughly enjoyed hearing some of Billy's history & how his humour helps him throughout life's trials. highly recommend.

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loved it.<br />but disappointed it's not read by Billy

The voice of the narrator is so convincing that after awhile you forget it's not Billy himself so it's very authentic and very Scottish which I loved.
only thing that got a bit annoying was the I said he said sections but I love the man so can forgive that is probably reads better than being spoken.

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An honest man

Billy Connolly is a really nice man, he is not judgemental and is very grateful for the chances he has been given in life. This shows in his book and I feel very fond of him.

Gordon Kennedy did a grand job of narrating, and after a very short while I felt that I was listening to the man himself.

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  • chris smith
  • 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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  • me2
  • 12-02-19

Loved it

The only part I didn't like was that it ended. I love Billy Connolly. His stories made me laugh. The narrator was great.

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  • NHA
  • 10-01-19

Whoa! Billy!

This a simply delightful listen. He is and always has been an absolutely charming guy. His accent is delightful, he is bright, humane and insightful. I have been enjoying this book while driving a particularly rough commute of 2 - 3 hours these past few days and Billy has really taken the sting out of my drive. Thanks!