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Nicknamed 'Mountain Man' by the Sunday Telegraph, James Forrest is the record-breaking adventurer who climbed every mountain in England and Wales in just six months - the fastest ever time. Solo and unsupported, he walked over 1,000 miles and ascended five times the height of Everest during his 446-peak challenge. And he did it all on his days off from work, proving it is possible to integrate an epic adventure into your everyday life. 

From collapsing tents and horrific storms to angry farm dogs and near-fatal mountaineering mishaps, James endured his fair share of hardship out in the hills. But the good times far outweighed the bad. He slept wild under the stars, met eccentric locals, and exchanged the 21st century social media bubble for a simpler, more peaceful existence. What did he learn along the way? That life is more fulfilling when you switch off your phone and climb a mountain. 

This is the humorous and inspiring story of an extraordinary adventure, featuring moments of drama and jeopardy, beautiful descriptions of the landscape, entertaining digressions on the places visited and people met and raw and personal accounts of the highs and lows James encountered every step of the way. 

Listeners will be inspired and motivated by James’ amazing adventure, and so the book concludes with a section on how you can achieve your next adventure - whether it’s something to get the kids involved in at half term, a fun challenge to tackle solo or with friends or, like James’, a record-breaking attempt of epic proportions, James will guide you through everything you need to do to plan and execute your adventure, as well as give you some great ideas, too.

©2018 James Forrest (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Lists, lists and more lists

Long lists of mountain heights in both feet and meters made for boring listening in an audiobook. I can see the value of these in the written book and why they are therefore included in the audio book but it had me reaching for the skip button on a regular basis. Good to hear about the adventure though along with all of the ups and the downs.

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Finishing felt like climbing 446 mountains.

Really struggled to finish. Read like an obnoxious millennial trying to meet a target for fame and glory - somehow managing to be both extremely arrogant / judgemental of everyone he meets while also labelling himself as the "slightly useless everyman".

Definitely a book for a novice hiker with no previous interest in walking or the outdoors.

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A load of rubbish

Half the book is him listing the names of all the hills he’s climbed and their heights - in feet and metres. I literally zoned out and then found he was still listing them when I zoned back in. Boring.

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boring!

what could and should have been s really interesting story became seriously boring as you kept repeating every boring height in feet and metres! why?

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Great if you like listening to someone read a list

I was really disappointed by this book. I love adventure writing but this just didn’t hit the mark.

Firstly and most importantly it is ruined by the regular reading out a long list of mountain (!) names with their heights in feet and metres. This tedious process takes between 5 and 10 minutes and is unbearable. Considering the book covers 466 mountains you can imagine how long this will take

Secondly, I don’t feel that the subject matter is sufficiently adventurous to be interesting. The author isn’t climbing mountains he is walking up hills! Alongside this he is basically on a day out doing it. I found the writing style boring and unengaging, worsened by an underwhelming subject matter.

One to be avoided.

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Witty, informative and brilliantly written

Fantastic book!! Made me laugh on a number of occasions. Great information throughout and now desperate to start my own adventure!

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Excellent Adventure Book.

Are you Mr or Mrs or Miss Ordinary this is the book for you.
As an ex hiker and climber , trained Outdoor and Mountain Climbing Instructor and Guide, this book brought me and. All my experiences has told me my firm belief that without proper instruction you cannot do such adventures.
I have been put in my places well and truly. Truly his epilogue has shown me having tons of expensive equipment is not news.
GlYcol.

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A great adventure

A brilliant book of adventure, to inspire as do the mountains inspire me. Enjoyed hearing his stories and tales in the mountains in which i can relate to and in places i have been to and places yet to be visited.

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Yes.

Epic. Inspires you to go and adventure yourself. This, could get both interesting and exciting.

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Oddly calming, like a long hike

It feels odd that this personal story was narrated, bit the pace was good, the tone often mildly amusing, the mishaps mildly alarming and the adventure mildly inspiring. Such an incredible, and bonkers challenge, distilled into a marvellously British, and matter of fact record. It is easy, therefore, to underestimate the gargantuan achievement this book describes. I enjoyed going along for the walk from the comfort of a chair. I might even dig out my boots and go bag a peak, or two. Infectious, funny and well worth the listen. My only beef was the epilogue, maybe could have left that in the print version.