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The Salt Path

Narrated by: Anne Reid
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, read by Anne Reid.

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.

They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.

©2018 Raynor Winn (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Compassionate healing nature<br />

captivated by the wonderful narration. An intriuging and unfogettable insight into the lived of two homeless people. Their walk takes the reader on a wonderful journey with all its highs and lows A triumph of nature's healing and human strength through adversity.

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4.5. This was simultaneously both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Close to home, now close to my heart. An insight into both the beauty if the British coastline and into the pandemic of nationwide homelessness. Memorable. I just wanted to hear more and know what has become of this wonderful couple since.

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The Salt Path

An interesting tale, however I’m left wishing I’d read the book rather than had it read to me. The narration spoiled it, hugely. Anne Reid is a talented screen actress but, sadly was, in my opinion, absolutely the wrong choice for this book. Raynor Winn refers to herself as being aged 50, however her voice in the book makes her sound elderly. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, Anne Reid is 83. She has the richness of age in her voice, it just doesn’t match the characters in the story...in my opinion.

A number of the people Raynor and Moth meet along the way are Australian; unless the listener had been given prior knowledge of this, it would be virtually impossible to ascertain this from the narrator’s aussie accent. The same goes for the other regional/national accents that must be recreated in the narration of this book.

I hope, very much, that this book is re-narrated. Using an actress of a comparable age to Raynor Winn. Then it might be possible to truly feel the emotions behind the words as one listens.

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An inspiring story.

This was nearly ruined by the narration. A story about the South West coastal path, you'd have thought that pronouncing the names of places would be important. The constant mis-pronunciation of place names drove me crazy!

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A bit drawn out

I found the narrator's voice didn't match the female character in the book. The narrator's voice was of someone much older. Also her voice changed, sometines it was deep and at other times not and this was nothing to do with male/female voices. She was good with male voices and other accents though.
The story itself was quite interesting, partly because it was a true story and the observations of the couple's experiences got you thinking about your life and to be grateful and appreciative for what you have.
I felt it was a bit drawn out and was glad I had the audio version as I wouldn't have finished the book if I'd been reading it.

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A different travel story but not sure on narration

The story is engaging and I felt drawn in by the journey and the love between Raynor and Moth. But I didn’t love Anne Reid’s narration, only because I felt her voice was a little old for the Raynor. Well worth listening to though.

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Beautifully written and wonderfully read

I loved this book, I enjoyed visualising all the places mentioned, as I know most of them. Just a wonderful story, I didn’t want it to end. I cannot imagine it read by anyone else, perfect.

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Bit boring

I was very optimistic about this book but found it very dragging and depressing, and being Cornish myself I didn’t like the way Cornwall was portrayed. It’s not a read that will leave you feeling happy, but it passes the time

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  • Matt N
  • LEEDS, West Yorkshire
  • 12-01-19

Inspiring and Heartfelt ❤

An amazing tale of an unconditional love. Most definitely buying a hard copy for a second read.

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Truly beautiful book!

Had me in sobs of tears within the first few chapters and left me with such a strong urge to pull on my boots and just head to the coast.

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  • Sebii
  • 21-08-18

What a beautiful book about the essence of our humanity and who we are when we dig deep

I love this book, such beauty, such authenticity and vulnerability. I could put it down and look forward to the next one. Such inspiring people, showing that life is about love and walking through all life brings us .... togetherness 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌