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The Last Englishman

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Narrated by: Adam Stubbs
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

A real-life adventurer. A gruelling pan-American trek. Will one Englishman dare to face his fears?

Shortlisted for Outdoor Book of the Year by The Great Outdoors magazine

Born traveller Keith Foskett had thousands of miles of thru-hiking experience when he prepared for his toughest challenge yet: a gruelling 2,640-mile hike from Mexico to Canada. In a six-month journey along America’s Pacific Crest Trail, he crossed the arid expanses of California’s deserts, the towering peaks of Oregon’s volcanic landscape, and the dense forests of Washington.

Battling phobias of bears, snakes, critters, and camping in the woods after dark, can Foskett find new ways to achieve his ultimate goal when the worst winter in years bears down on the trail?

Shortlisted for The Great Outdoors magazine Outdoor Personality of the Year and Book of the Year multiple times, veteran storyteller Keith Foskett lets you join him for a trek across the greatest long-distance hiking trail on Earth. With witty humor, astute observations, and a delightful cast of characters, you’ll discover a compelling narrative that turns the travelogue formula on its head.

The Last Englishman is an extraordinary travel memoir by an experienced long-distance hiker. If you believe there’s more to life than work, yearn for new horizons and challenges, and believe in overcoming adversity, then you’ll love Keith Foskett’s tale of exploration. 

Discover The Last Englishman to embark on a journey of tenacity today!

Reviews

"The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the most beautiful and diverse long distance trails in the world. The Last Englishman allows you to experience this amazing trail through the eyes of a thru-hiker. If you cannot take the time to hike the trail, then you should definitely take the time to read about it." (Jennifer Pharr Davis, previous record holder for the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail)

"It’s rare to find a book that captures the experience of long distance backpacking so well, and that is also fun to read. Fozzie’s account of his Pacific Crest Trail hike is educational, inspirational, and hilarious. A must-read for aspiring thru-hikers and outdoor adventure seekers." (Erik Asorson, The PCT Atlas)

©2018 Keith Foskett (P)2019 Keith Foskett

Critic reviews

"I’m not sure if Keith Foskett knows it but he has penned a hiking classic. I just wanted to pack up my bags and head off into the wilderness." (Spencer Vignes, The Observer)

"Telling the true story of a six-month PCT hike from Mexico to Canada, crossing wild desert and mountain and meeting everything from eccentric hikers to rattlesnakes along the way. Easy to read and at times laugh-out-loud funny, it will make you want to pack your rucksack and go." (Rosie Fuller, Adventure Travel magazine)

"Long-distance hiking is tragically romantic: it’s not all about fresh air, aesthetic majesty, and colorful company. This book is refreshingly honest about the difficulties and day-to-day monotony. But it also captures the rewards of this oversized effort to hike the United States end to end." (Andrew Skurka (National Geographic, Adventurer of the Year)

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A GREAT TREK POORLY DESCRIBED

Could have been an epic but lacked description of the trail. Far too much about cafe food, food and food. The reader was awful. Unable to pause between sentences. And paragraphs did not exist, as one blurs into the next. Time for a refund me thinks.

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Fantastic book

This was the most enjoyable audiobook I have ever listened to. Would love to follow in his footsteps. Loved it!

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Not as I expected

The first book I read by Keith Foskett was about the Camino Way, and was by a long way one of the best about the Camino I have read, however he had a tendency to jump or not explain events in that book.

In this book he jumps about a great deal, the book does not run fluidly the story moves so fast in places, that trying to understand where he is on the trail becomes difficult. I really got confused at one stage, (I will not put in a spoiler)

Over two books I have grown to like Keith Foskett, after the Camino book I felt like we were mates. In this book not the same.
I like his skills with wild camping te way he describes them, but I would like a little more information in respect of that. Unless I missed it there was mention of a bear scare device or something similar, no explanation as to what it was.

if I am honest I actually lost interest in this book by the end, I stuck with it.

Dont expect this to be like his book on the Camino

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Incredibly inspiring book!

My first introduction into the world of Thru-Hiking couldn't have came in a better format. The Last Englishman is a fantastic adventure story full of highs, lows and damn hard work. Guaranteed to inspire wanderlust. PCT 2021, here we come.

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Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant nuf said! Now I have to write eleven more words to submit review 😆

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Delightful

Really enjoyable and inspiring story. The insights into life on the trail are both joyous and distressing revealing what it actually takes to accomplish such a feat. What an inspirational journey, now to go buy myself some new walking boots.

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Narrator is smarmy posh boy.

Could not get through first chapter. The narrator sounds like Bear Grylls crossed with the voice that advertises the six nations rugby. Grating.

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An absolute gem of a book

This is, and will probably remain, one of the best books I've ever read. It is beautifully written and drags out of anyone lucky enough to read it a sense of wanderlust they never thought they had. Keith is a brilliant wordsmith and I wish him all the best on his future wanderings.

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Life changing book

If this book dose not make you want to put on your boots a walk then nothing will

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excellent adventure tale

An honest, interesting, humorous and inspiring story of real adventure, accessible to all. Packing my bags right now

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  • John E. Wright Jr.
  • 31-03-19

My favorite book of my library

After about 20 audible books, I have found this my absolute favorite, while I'm torn between my favorite running book, and this book. the story of this book is epic. the narrator in the beginning kind of had me iffy. but after chapter 2 you fall love with his style. I don't usually leave reviews. but I did this time and you'll have to find out why

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  • Randall M. Robinson
  • 30-03-19

Incredible and funny book.

I actually listened to this book on audible. It’s written by an Englishman, and read by an Englishman. This not only works it’s a joy to listen to. Now for the book. It’s destined to be a classic of thru hiking books. The author is funny and has that English since of humor. His descriptions of the trail and people he meets brings this book alive.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who hikes or just wants to listen/read about an incredible true story, an adventure.
Buy it, you will not be disappointed in the least

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  • Ethan Gallogly
  • 27-03-19

This is the book to read about life on the PCT!

This is the book to read if you are considering hiking the PCT. It is also the book to read if you have hiked the PCT and are missing life on trail. From blisters to bliss, agony to angels, bears to bugs, and fighting to friendship – this book has it all. Foskett, aka “Fozzie” beautifully captures the experience of being a thru-hiker on the grueling 2,640-mile Pacific Crest Trail, finding that wonderful balance between trail-life, contextual history, and personal triumph. Foskett is an excellent writer; his memoir is well-written and highly engaging. Two thumbs up!!

Adam Stubbs does an excellent job narrating this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-20

An Englishman goes for a walk

An engaging, funny and occasionally brutally honest look at the triumph, travails and foot injuries associated with long distance hiking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-20

Very inspiring

I liked his British point of view. There was an abundance of facts, as well as some very humorous and comical sections. I very much enjoyed the book, along with the narration.

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  • Heather Mitchell
  • 07-06-20

Really Enjoyed

This was a highly enjoyable romp through the PCT. The reader’s voice is fantastic and I remained engaged through the whole story! Highly recommended.

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  • scott
  • 24-05-20

o the memories

great story and as a former thru-hiker I felt the humor in so many levels. brought back the memories of trail.

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  • Abby Mamacos
  • 19-05-20

YES!

Wonderfully written. I didn’t want the hike to end! I’ve only read one other book about the outdoors that is as good. It’s very different. Called into thin air by Jon Krakower....that spelling looks wrong.....it’s about a Mt Everest expedition. I’ve read dozens of other “outdoorsy” books.
This one was great!
Thanks for the update in the added last chapter!

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  • Jonathan
  • 14-04-20

Really enjoyable

Author does a nice job about his trip on the trail without becoming too into the minor details. I loved the narration and the last chapter was great!! Great listen

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  • Margo
  • 01-02-20

the story is good. the narrator sounds like he

the story is good but the narrator wasn't fitting. he sounds like hed be better suited for narrating suspense or books about sports?