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  • The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places

  • By: Neil Oliver
  • Narrated by: Neil Oliver
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (352 ratings)

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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places written and read by Neil Oliver.

The British Isles, this archipelago of islands, is to Neil Oliver the best place in the world. From north to south, east to west, it cradles astonishing beauty. The human story here is a million years old and counting. But the tolerant, easygoing peace we enjoy has been hard won. We have made and known the best and worst of times. We have been hero and villain and all else in between, and we have learned some lessons.

The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is Neil’s very personal account of what makes these islands so special, told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of our history. Beginning with footprints made in the sand by humankind’s earliest ancestors, he takes us via Romans and Vikings and the flowering of religion through civil war, industrial revolution and two world wars. From windswept headlands to battlefields, ancient trees to magnificent cathedrals, each of his destinations is a place where, somehow, the spirit of the past seems to linger. 

Beautifully written, his audiobook is majestic, awe-inspiring, a kaleidoscopic history of a place with a story like no other.

©2018 Neil Oliver (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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The most enjoyable listen for a long time!

I wanted to listen to something outside my usual genre and took a gamble on this book and I'm so glad I did. Not only have a learned about some interesting British history I also have a list of places to visit. A very personal book, Neil Oliver's views resonate with my own in many ways so I listened with a growing sense of empathy and dashed through the book very quickly. I will listen again very soon.

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Poet, Storyteller, Historian, Philosopher.

Neil Oliver slips effortlessly into all of these categories. 100 places is Riveting, Beautiful, Facinating, Informative, and Compelling. A must read for all who live in, or have interest in, the British Isles.

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Two parts history, one part fantasy

If you are happy with King Arthur, Lancelot and the Holy grail coming to Glastonbury as history then this is the book for you. Personally I prefer historians who rely on evidence and present them as a narrative sequence or story. There is no narrative here just a series of places and associated legends, folk lore, myths and some facts. Legends have their place, but I wouldn't call them history. I found Andrew Marr and Simon Schama's books much more rewarding as I felt I had learnt something. I haven't finished the book yet, but if the pixies of Northumberland and Dragons of Wales make an appearance alongside the Celts and Vikings I will not be too surprised.

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a fantastic read

so lovely to hear him read this . he reads with passion and understanding of his subject. A really interesting walk through history i hope he does more .

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Brilliant

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Covers so many places. I have a better understanding of places I have been and have been inspired to visit new places. Genuinely have learned a lot of stuff. Some parts brought a lump to my throat. Great narration. Could listen to the Scottish lilt all day long.

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Thanks Neil

A great book full of interest and colourful description and loads of interest for a walker to absorb

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A love letter to Great Britain

As a lover of history, I totally loved this book. Beautifully read and an interesting and relaxing listen..

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The story of the British Isles in 100 Places.

Fantastic. Neil Oliver is really good and makes everything so interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will listen again many times.

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Gentile and immersing

Enjoyable from start to finish in Neil Oliver's calm and engaging manner. The book delves into a huge swathe of British history, from our earliest days to the modern. Facts are well presented and his descriptions of events, places and ideas are concise and avoid the whimsical drivel which so many are inclined towards with this kind of subject. A worthwhile listen and one to go over again. Recommended!

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Hardwork

This is my revised review. I initially gave it 2 and 3 stars after listening to it for a couple of hours. My initial reaction was that I found Neil's accent hard to get through, but stick with it, his flow improves and you become atuned to it.

It is a really interesting book. I'm now on my second listen to it. There's loads of pointers to places you probably won't have heard of and I'll be putting them onto future travels around the country.

Sorry Neil.

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A unique and interesting read

Neil Oliver's 100 places is just a wonderful and special read!! It is not only interesting. It's really more than that. There were chapters I had to read them over and over again just to listen to it again. It is hugely informative and sometimes also emotive. If you love history and would like to know more about Great Britain's past, this is your book.