• von Robert Macfarlane
  • Sprecher: Roy McMillan
  • 8 Std. 50 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Landmarks, a fascinating exploration of the relationship between language and landscapes by Robert Macfarlane, read by Roy McMillan.
Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to describe land, nature, and weather.
Travelling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms and exploring the landscapes of Roger Deakin, J. A. Baker, Nan Shepherd, and others, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape and a vital means of coming to love it.
The audiobook version contains an exclusive bonus chapter - a recording of Finlay MacLeod (novelist, historian, broadcaster, archivist, and one of the dedicatees of Landmarks) reading words and definitions from his Peat Glossary for the Isle of Lewis.
This hoard of rare and evocative terms was one of the inspiring documents for the book.
Finlay's voice is also used as a divider between chapters, and the other glossaries in the text are bracketed with appropriate sound effects.


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Too flowery, and I work with languages.

Like most books, some parts are more memorable than others. This is of course very subjective so there is no need to go into the specifics. For me at least, McMillan's reading is too flowery, which detracts from the content. Some chapters were too entrenched in poetic exaggeration. Even with a vested interest in languages and a background in forestry I found myself rolling my eyes in exasperation at the overly theatrical presentation and text at times. Otherwise, I enjoyed how each chapter dealt with a different book from other nature lovers and the way the glossary readings were interspersed between the chapters.
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- Ousel37

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 05.03.2015
  • Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd