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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Samuel Johnson Narrator: Patrick Tull and Alexander Spencer Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1773, 63-year-old literary giant Samuel Johnson joined James Boswell, a 32-year-old Scottish lawyer, on an historic horseback expedition across the Scottish Highlands to the Western Islands. The unlikely duo's travelogue records their fascinating conversations and encounters with great wit and incredible detail. Johnson, one of the 18th century's most celebrated writers, provided an elegant and stately account of everything from Loch Ness's medicinal waters to Scotland's puzzling lack of trees. The younger Boswell focused instead on his famed companion, offering a perceptive, highly entertaining, deeply intimate glimpse into Johnson's personality. Taken together, Johnson and Boswell's very different styles perfectly complement each other, resulting in a deeply satisfying, truly original narrative. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gloss | 4/6/2013

    " I seem to be on an 18th century kick; I do love the classically lucid style of prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gavin | 3/29/2013

    " Johnson observes Scotland and its islands while Boswell observes Johnson. Boswell must be the original groupie and certainly hung on every word of Johnson's no matter how trivial. The prose style is of its time, which helps a lot because both these men could spin a yarn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason Koivu | 1/16/2013

    " Light reading about dictionary man Samuel Johnson's casual romp through the Scottish highlands. Good details about the area during the 18th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caitlin | 8/14/2011

    " This is a great book about two famous British Renaissance men who have a zest for travel. It is amusing to read their descriptions of the "wild" Scots and their whiskey breakfasts. Recommended for people who like to read prejudicial accounts of "worldly" men. "

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