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The Mountains Are Calling

Running in the High Places of Scotland
Narrated by: Sam Devereaux
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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The Mountains Are Calling is the exhilarating story of the runners who go to high places. 

From its wild origins in the Highlands, hill running in Scotland remains as pure and traditional as sport gets. Jonny Muir explores the history and culture of the sport and meets the legends of hill running, who are revered for their extraordinary endurance. As he discovers the insatiable lure of the hills, a calling leads him to the supreme test of mountain running: Ramsay's Round, a continuous loop of 23 of Scotland highest mountains, to be completed within 24 hours.

©2018 Jonny Muir (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Great book about Scottish Hill running

I had a hard copy of this book already and loved it so when I saw you could get the audio version at a great price I went for it as I like audio books /podcasts while driving or out walking sometimes. This wonderful book was spoiled somewhat by the narrator’s dreadful pronunciation of Scottish places, names and gaelic words. Coupled with cringemaking attempts at local accents sadly reduced my enjoyment of this audio book. At times it sounded as though the book was being read by a ‘sat nav’ computerised voice. Really weird. I prefer audio books to be read by the author wherever possible but I appreciate not everyone has the ability to create an effective voice over. Maybe I’m being picky but I want to hear the correct pronounciation of places and names regardless of the country of origin. Otherwise a very entertaining and inspiring book which I recommend to everyone interested in hills and running.

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Should have bought a hard copy

Narrators pronunciation of the Scottish locations and some words in this book varies, and in some places its absolutely awful. It can be quite off putting, although the content of the actual book is very good. Should have bought a hard copy.

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Enjoyable

Sometimes working out what hills the narrator's talking about is a bit tricky with the pronunciation but the content of the book is great. I really enjoyed the listen.

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So disapiinted

A born and bred Scot living in Scotland and a lover or hill running and the outdoor life this book was a perfect fit for me. Or so I thought. The subject matter, the story and the experiences are all great. However, the audiobook was spoiled hugely by the narrator. The Scottish runners were all portrayed by the narrator trying to perform a Scottish accent. It resulted in a cartoon character portrayal of the language. To make matters worse place names were continually mispronounced. I can accept that the Gaelic is not easy. I would pronounce those names incorrectly too, I'm sure. There is no excuse for place names in the English language being mispronounced, especially by a British narrator. That aside the subject matter was interesting the peoples experiences and challenges they took on inspiring. Maybe the narration will not irritate a non Scot as much as it annoyed me. I listened to the whole book and have not returned it because I liked the literary content so buy it by all means. Please though, Amazon, do not have narrators doing accents when they lack the ability to do so. If that factor had been acknowledged it would have been 5 stars all round.

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  • 14-08-19

Great book, poor narration....

A very good book made very poor with the narrators pronunciation of the Scottish place names!

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Great book, poor pronunciation

An excellent book, but pronunciations of Scottish and Welsh names, and even some other terms such as plantar fasciitis have been attempted so poorly as to render them almost unintelligible. Some basic research into these would have been a good idea. It’s not just a couple of words, it’s something in every paragraph and really spoils the listening experience.

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Book good, pronunciation very bad!

Good well informed book on Scottish Hill Running, but seriously dodgy pronunciation of all hill names and areas.

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Terrible/hilarious pronunciation of Scottish place names

As an ex Scottish team hill runner and someone who grew up in Lochaber , this book was of great interest. It’s extremely well written and really entertaining. You need to keep a sense of humour however when it comes to the narrator’s pronunciation of Scottish places, if you don’t you may, like me, find yourself receiving bewildered looks when you angrily shout random words like ‘It’s AVIEMORE!’ on busy trains ! I found myself wondering if someone deliberately gave the narrator the wrong pronunciations for funsies ? He tries so hard to roll the ‘r’s and gargle the ‘ochs’ whilst completely messing up some of the names that surely someone was having a laugh ? Despite this it’s a wonderful book and I highly recommend reading ... but maybe not listening to it if the mispronunciation will offend !

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  • 24-11-18

it has nothing for runner or any story

If you are a runner, you look for some information for running. Stay away from this book. If you are looking for a good story or novel, give this guy a big dirty boot. Just filled with words and lots of male cow droppings.