Walking Home

  • by Clare Balding
  • Narrated by Clare Balding
  • 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Walking Home, by Clare Balding.
In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. Then, in 1999, Clare took a call from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. "Do you walk?" she asked. "Well, I walk the dog...."
That series, Ramblings, is still going strong - and Clare's caught the walking bug. Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. Her and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer's Walk, a 71-mile route. What could possibly go wrong?

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I felt like I knew Clare as a friend

What did you like most about Walking Home?

I just love Clare Balding's style of writing and the fact that she narrated it just enhanced the listening experience. I was surprised by the chapters which did not relate directly to walking, for example about the Olympics, and thoroughly enjoyed listening to all her anecdotes.


What other book might you compare Walking Home to, and why?

I read My animals and other family and so there is an obvious comparison to this book.


Which character – as performed by Clare Balding – was your favourite?

I enjoyed the variety of characters, none more than the others.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I particularly liked hearing about the famous interview with Chad Le Clos' father at the swimming event at 2012.


Any additional comments?

As a direct result of listening to this book I have discovered Podcasts of Ramblings with Clare Balding which are a good listen on my dog walks.

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- Heidi

Worth a read on several levels

Where does Walking Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is hard to compare this with many of the other books I have read. It is part biography and part a practical and philosophical tract on walking (while being light and wryly humorous). Most importantly it opens up the subject of walking in Britain by connecting the reader to a range of other reading on the subject.


What other book might you compare Walking Home to, and why?

In many ways it is superior to Simon Armitage's book ... of the same name! Clare Balding's narration is much better and her story held my interest much more than that of Armitage.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book further energised my interest in walking, and particularly walking in Britain.


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- Roderic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-09-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin