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Simon Armitage, who narrates his own book, has a very relaxing voice which makes this an enjoyable read. His narrative about walking the Pennine way - using no money except that which he earns from readings of poetry along the way - is charming and interesting. He includes a couple of his poems later in the book which are magical.
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Would you listen to Walking Home again? Why?
Yes I would. It takes a while to get used to Simons voice as it is a little whiny. But it works well with words he uses that have a rhythmn and almost rhyme you would expect from a poet.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Walking Home?
Towards the end he wonders if he can ever do another live performance again as he has done so many during the walk. You get a real feeling for the dedication he has to his work, his craft and art and how much it can take out of him.
Have you listened to any of Simon Armitage’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have seen him on TV documentaries and he lacks a bit of passion as a presenter. But as an audiobook narrator he works much better.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No it is good to follow his journey in episodes as the walk was punctuated by his performances. A few days of his journey at a time is best.
Any additional comments?
A good insight into the pennine way and the character of a fine poet and social commentator.
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