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Underland

Written by: Robert Macfarlane
Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Underland, by Robert Macfarlane - the unmissable new book about the worlds beneath our feet, from the best-selling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Old Ways and The Lost Words.

In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future.

Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart. 

©2018 Robert Macfarlane (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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"He is the great nature writer, and nature poet, of this generation." (Wall Street Journal)

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  • Sararara
  • 13-05-19

Epic. Sobering. Wonderful.

I feel quite exhausted, as if i had joined the author in his (insane) journeys across glaciers, out to remote icy islands, then down into catacombs and other terrifying constricted spaces deep in the earth.
Despite covering some seriously heavy material on microbiology, geology and nuclear physics (and lots more besides), his eloquent writing style makes you feel as if you know what’s going on.
I kept a notepad to hand to google things later, altho spellings can be tricky.
It’s a fascinating book, with faultless narration, but one to take slowly as it’s quite intense.
And it’s not just about the natural world but takes in history, art, politics and poetry.
The author is erudite and astute but has a lightness of touch with some laugh-out-loud descriptions of places and people.
Amazing book which I shall dip in to again.

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  • MR M N Jones
  • 31-05-19

Exceptional

Gripping, fascinating and wholly absorbing. The easiest listen yet, highly recommended and deeply thought provoking, not to mention claustrophobia inducing.

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  • Annie V
  • 02-07-19

Amazing book

A truly remarkable book by an outstanding author. I don’t usually read this type of book but I’m so glad I chose it. I loved it. You really feel you are with this poet cum explorer on his adventures into the remote parts of this world, above and below ground. Beautifully read too.

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  • Orchak
  • 18-06-19

Excellent

A truly outstanding work combining beautiful prose with science, folk-lore, history and anthropology. I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-19

great story, narrated very well

It is written well and narrating in a manner that makes you think as you listen. Thoroughly recommend giving this a go.

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  • A. Jones
  • 14-06-19

Thought provoking and powerful

I loved this book and feel like I need to start again to really take it in as it as densely packed with treasures and the earth it praises.

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  • Mike C Davies
  • UK
  • 11-06-19

highly recommended

another brilliant Robert MacFarlane book, with all sorts of unexpected underground gems, from Greenland to Finland via the Mendips! and bought to life by Roy McMillan's narration, which is do important to get right

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  • Hendy
  • 08-06-19

A book everyone should read

Unique, wonderful and thought provoking in every way, full of unexpected beauties and terrors - past, present and future. Superbly narrated.

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  • Flowform
  • Yorkshire, UK
  • 28-05-19

Stunning

Beautiful, poetic, study of deep and mysterious places. Most memorable to me are the Arches project in Paris and the mine workings that stretch under the North Sea. The reading is fluid, expressive, beautifully executed.

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  • Corin
  • 29-09-19

A must listen book

There was a review which said '.. with this book Macfarlane stops being a great travel writer and becomes simply a great writer ..'

Just excellent. What is not to love.

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  • Pauline King
  • 16-08-19

Absorbing!

I couldn't stop listening. Impeccably narrated by Roy McMillan this book opened my eyes, took my breath away and delighted and horrified me in equal parts. It gave me a lot to think about and the content and images will stay with me for a long time. This is a book that bears more than one reading it is rich in detail and thoughtful observations. I'm going to be purchasing many more books by Robert Macfarlane for sure!