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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?

©2014 Clare Balding (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited

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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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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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Made me cry!

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

This ranks very highly amongst my audible reads. I didn't even know I liked Clare Balding. Now I want to be her best friend.

What did you like best about this story?

The heart breaking tale of Alice and Clare's puppy had me sobbing like a baby while sitting in traffic on the M25! However, Clare's skill as a weaver of tales became evident when I found myself laughing again (or at least smiling again) only moments later.

What does Clare Balding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A personal insight that means the tone exactly matches the narrative

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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A Truly Wonderful Listen

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

This audiobook ranks right near the top of best books I've listened to and I am a veracious listener!

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

Clare's other book 'My Family and Other Animals'

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

Clare as herself, her mother and all the characters on her walks

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to listen to this I one go, but in the end it took two days.

Any additional comments?

This book made me laugh, cry, sob and smile. Clare Baldings narration is perfect and I adore how we see a bit more into her mind and soul with each book she produces. The topic of walking is not something I would have thought was transferable to audiobook but it is clever, insightful and it really shows off some of the characters Clare has met. A wonderful book.

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I didn’t want this to end. Clare’s wonderful narration and storytelling makes for a wonderful listen.

It’s a wonderful story of family and experiences that show an insight into the writer’s life. A truly great communicator, down to earth, witty,moving. I could listen all over again and probably will.

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great inspiration

makes you want to get out and live your life Clare is an inspiration to people of any age anywhere.

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great read

nice pce easy to listen to and informative
inspired to get back out walking
recommended

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Excellent audio book

Absolutely loved it. I have always admired Claire for what she has achieved and for remain8ng true to herself. This was a gewat listen. Really well narrated and full of interesting stories. I do hope at some point she'll do another book as I've loved this and her first book

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I love Clare Balding

So I loved this book. I also love walking and I really like the way she weaves in stories about her life into the walks. Being a Radio 5 person, I also had no idea she presented a walking programme on Radio 4, so I’ll have to tune in. Her attempts at accents are a real highlight and better than I could do. They did provide added humour. Well done Clare.

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Clare Balding is engaging about walking and family

Clare talks about the Wayfarer's Way which passes her family home at Kingsclere in Hampshire. She walks the Way with her brother and friends and family. It is also autobiographical and we learn a lot about the family seat, close friends and her wife Alice. Occasionally dogmatic about her passions but engaging. There are inspiring sections about racing horse training, London 2012 Olympics and Clare's other broadcasts.