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  • Footsteps in the Scottish Hills
  • By: John D. Burns
  • Narrated by: John D. Burns
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Bothy Tales

By: John D. Burns
Narrated by: John D. Burns
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Summary

Author shortlisted for the Great Outdoors Book of the Year. John D. Burns is an award-winning mountain author.

I can move only with the aid of barrels of anti-inflammatory gel, sticking plasters, and real ale anesthetic. Martin and I descend from hours of walking to the small town of Middleton-in-Teesdale. I walk, stiff-legged, into the campsite office, and a plump, middle-aged woman looks up from her desk and can see the old timer is in trouble.

“Oh, what a shame you weren’t here last week,” she says, pity radiating from behind her horn-rimmed specs. “You’ve missed him.”

I look at her, puzzled.

“Elvis!” she explains. “You missed Elvis.”

Oh God, now I’m hallucinating.

From remote glens deep in the Scottish Highlands, John D. Burns brings a new volume of tales - some dramatic, some moving, some hilarious - from the isolated shelters mountain people call bothies. Travel with Burns to secret places hidden amongst the British mountains and share his passion for the wonderful wildness of our uplands. Meet the vivid cast of characters who play their games there - from climbers with more balls than sense to a young man who doesn’t have the slightest idea what he’s letting himself in for!

©2018 John D. Burns (P)2020 John D. Burns

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  • 13-04-21

Really enjoyable

What a treat! Really interesting and funny. I felt the pain walking through the wet peaty bog and was minded never attempt a walk on such terrain.

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Great writing and narration

Really enjoyed this audio book, which is very funny in places. The production is not exactly slick - I thought he’d recorded it in a bothy until I heard a phone ringing in the background. Works well though.

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A great listen.

After reading the last hillwalker I was keen to try bothy tales as one of my first titles on audible. Narrated by the author himself this is a great collection of humourous tales and anecdotes that will enthrall any lover of the mountains and wild places. Well done John, I couldn't put it down and it had me in stitches at times.

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A decent book but an terrible listen.

Having enjoyed The last hillwalker I was keen to give this a try. The story is entertaining enough but not quite as good as the first book. Sadly the audio is terrible. It’s really badly read, lots of mistakes and errors. Not a professional job at all. I’d strongly recommended the physical book rather than listening to John stumble his way through his book in a clumsy often embarrassing fashion.

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Good story telling, distracted by poor recording

I liked the accounts of John's adventures but wasn't bothered for the made-up tales Nicely articulated but let down by poor quality recording.

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Great stories. Awful sound quality.

The poor sound quality was really off-putting while listening & spoilt the audio book. Such a shame as the tales themselves were great.

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Good stories good narration poor editing

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Great listen

A great book that just made me yearn to get back to a bothy.