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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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