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The Last Hillwalker

A Sideways Look at Forty Years in Britain's Mountains
Narrated by: John D Burns
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

Short-listed for TGO Magazine Book of the Year 

This is an audiobook for everyone who truly loves the mountains and wild places. John Burns takes you on a journey of more than 40 years from the hills of Britain to adventures in the Rocky Mountains of the US and Canada. His love for the Scottish Highlands and his intimate knowledge of their wild glens and distant peaks means that this book will resonate with anyone whose heart lies in Scotland. 

Join John Burns in his first faltering steps as a schoolboy in the English Lake District, through climbing adventures in the great ranges of the world, and finally to his return to his beloved Highlands. 

This is an audiobook about the people who love mountains and whose journeys among them enrich their lives. It is a story told with humour, humility, and passion, a tale that displays a deeper understanding of what it is to have a relationship with nature. 

The Last Hillwalker has become a best-seller among the outdoor community. This audiobook will be enjoyed by everyone from the serious mountaineer to those who simply want to gain a greater insight into our relationship with wild places. 

©2017 John D Burns (P)2018 John D Burns

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A real account of a journey from novice onwards...

John, offers a down to earth, honest and humerous look back at how it all began that you will probably relate to in more ways than one. He takes you on a journey from naive teenager right through to his later years exploring, discovering and looking for answers as to why some of us choose to venture into wilder, remote places where there are few others about. The writing style is easy to listen to and cunjures up images as the story progresses from what maybe considered a low-tech age of clothing and equipment right through to the modern day. As time moves on John restles with the reality that one day he will have to come to terms with not being able to continue as before and that hillwalking maybe dying out...

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Interesting

Loved it. Really enjoyed it. Unique narratoon style that really worked in the end

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Poor quality sound

I gave up trying to listen to this book as the sound quality is poor. Almost as if someone had recorded it at home in their garage.

In addition to this the narrator was also poor.

I cannot really comment on the story as I couldn’t make it to the end of the first chapter.

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Really enjoyed this book. Takes you on a journey.



I really enjoyed this book, the author takes you on a journey through his youth and the exuberance of youth with his mountain adventures through middle age, falling in and out of love with his hobby to the present where he gas refound his love of why he went out there in the first place.
Loved it and have purchased the next book Bothy tales.

(A couple of small niggles, narrator takes a bit to get into the swing of it but gets more and more confident as he gets into the book.
Audio quality comes in and out and quite a few line repeats.
All these things are fine for me and do not ruin your enjoyment of the book but just needs a touch more editing.)