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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (482 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Winchester Narrator: Simon Winchester Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remains of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles back and forth, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the Mediterranean to the Far East, to capture a last glint of imperial glory.

His adventures in these distant and forgotten ends of the earth make compelling, often funny listening and tell a story most of us had thought was over: a tale of the last outposts in Britain's imperial career and those who keep the flag flying.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 2/20/2014

    " Not one of Winchester's best, in my opinion, though of passable interest to those with an interest in the British empire. The premise of the book struck me as something of a publishing "stunt" more than a real quest, which I suppose soured me from the get-go. Winchester's narratives tend to ramble and digress, and here, with no one overriding theme to tie things together, that trait seems more pronounced. All in all, I've read better travelogues and better musings on the twilight of the British empire, too, but the book had its moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 2/5/2014

    " St. Helena, Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha...not your usual travel destinations. I enjoyed visiting these and other destinations with the witty and erudite Simon Winchester (I like him so much I want to fix him up with one of my anglophile friends -- Anne? Shanna?). For me, this armchair travel experience would have been more gratifying if it had come with a bit more history and background but that might simply be a reflection of my woefully inadequate education. Still, I enjoyed learning about life in these remote parts of the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 2/5/2014

    " Good idea, but done rather better by Harry Ritchie, I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karl | 1/24/2014

    " for a fuller (and very entertaining, IMHO) account of the "invasion" of Anguilla mentioned here, see Donald Westlake's one foray into nonfiction, Under an English Heaven. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/21/2014

    " I enjoyed reading about the small islands that are still a part of the British Empire. I also enjoyed reading about the difficulties that the author faced and overcame to get to the various spots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 1/16/2014

    " Love how Simon Winchester captures the flavors of a vanishing world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/14/2014

    " Quite informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather De armas | 1/9/2014

    " One of the best Caribbean haunts I've taken by book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/1/2014

    " Most interesting book. So many places I wasn't aware that were still colonies of Britain. Simon Winchester does know how to tell a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John O'Brien | 12/14/2013

    " "Outposts" is a fascinating book from one of the best non-fiction authors I know. It answers all those questions we didn't know we had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/9/2013

    " Finally explained the English obsession with the bloody Falklands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey Stott | 11/17/2013

    " The last square miles of a once mighty empire. fascinating as we witness the American Empire in the 21st century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Kahn | 11/10/2013

    " The alternatively quaint and sad tale of what's left of the British empire. People poorly served and roughly treated on far flung islands managed by an uncaring bureaucracy thousands of miles away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissa | 10/4/2013

    " Totally a fun summer read; Winchester has great affection for the remnants of the British Empire without losing sight of the colonial and subjugationist nature of their histories. Well-researched and well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 5/17/2013

    " Winchester comes off as a bit of a pompous ass but otherwise very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Walker | 5/8/2013

    " Simon Winchester is a much more interesting travel writer than Paul Theroux, although I've read more Simon's than Paul's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 3/23/2013

    " Older book, describing last outposts of the British Empire, with some sailing. I don't remember all the names, but at the time I could compare notes with Australians who had traveled to some of these faraway places, just to see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanna | 10/6/2012

    " Good British empire nostalgia (with an appropriate sensitivity to post-colonial issues) with a streak of island/sailing adventure story. Good summer travel reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David R. | 5/22/2012

    " By and large this is an interesting concept and well executed. While he captures the essence of exotic places in an engaging manner I found the author's bitterness and bigotries distracting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Smith | 9/3/2011

    " My favourite Winchester...so far! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martini Enfield | 8/31/2011

    " A thoroughly enjoyable read from Simon Winchester as he visits what remained of the British Empire in the early/mid-1980s. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the British Empire, or looking for a travel book with a difference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/27/2011

    " Really awesome idea but was really, really dry. Only a dedicated Anglophile would keep plowing through this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 3/11/2011

    " Love how Simon Winchester captures the flavors of a vanishing world "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 12/21/2010

    " Winchester comes off as a bit of a pompous ass but otherwise very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/21/2010

    " Touching and interesting, though already pretty dated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 9/12/2010

    " I love the concept for this book, but like many of his books, it's just deathly dull. I couldn't manage to finish it this time, maybe someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 5/22/2010

    " The last square miles of a once mighty empire. fascinating as we witness the American Empire in the 21st century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cwalker | 2/16/2010

    " Simon Winchester is a much more interesting travel writer than Paul Theroux, although I've read more Simon's than Paul's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/7/2009

    " Really awesome idea but was really, really dry. Only a dedicated Anglophile would keep plowing through this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/28/2008

    " Simon Winchester is such a great writer. This is a must for all Anglophiles (which I am not). He goes to all the remaining colonies the British own. Many are very remote and little dots on the map. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 2/3/2008

    " I love Simon Winchester and he didn't let me down. An interesting journey to many out of the way places...several I didn't even know existed...that at one time held great importance to the british empire in one way or the other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 1/15/2008

    " Older book, describing last outposts of the British Empire, with some sailing. I don't remember all the names, but at the time I could compare notes with Australians who had traveled to some of these faraway places, just to see. "

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