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Winner of the Guardian First Book Award  

Once we thought monsters lived there. In the Enlightenment we scaled them to commune with the sublime. Soon, we were racing to conquer their summits in the name of national pride.   

In this ground-breaking, classic work, Robert Macfarlane takes us up into the mountains: to experience their shattering beauty, the fear and risk of adventure, and to explore the strange impulses that have for centuries led us to the world's highest places.

©2003 Robert Macfarlane (P)2018 Granta Publications

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Narrator More Suited for Movie Intros

Huge Robert Macfarlane fan. The book is beautifully written and will appeal to any person passionate about the outdoors. Narration is grating, distracting and plain awful - narrator should stick to pretending to be batman.

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This is a brilliant and beautifully written book marred by a poor narration. Nathan Turner's halting style, peppered with some questionable pronounciation, does Robert Macfarlane's words little justice. I really hope that Mr Macfarlane's next book is narrated by Roy McMillan, who did such a splendid job reading 'The Old Ways'.