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3.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 5 3.58 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Narrator: Denis Lawson Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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This autobiographical story records Stevenson's experiences of travelling in the Cevennes in 1878, accompanied by his...ahem...trusty donkey Modestine, who provides many amusing moments.

The story also encompasses an insightful account of the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in the area, and is a wonderfully descriptive reading. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Avis Black | 2/17/2014

    " If you want to read Stevenson's travel writing try The Amateur Emigrant, a distinctly better book though less well-known. Travels With A Donkey suffers from excruciating dullness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Young | 2/10/2014

    " A charming account of the famous writers travels with a donkey ( there's a clue in the title), extolling the simple pleasure of entering unknown villages on foot, in the days when "ones own steam" was generally the designated method of transport. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah Harding | 1/28/2014

    " Set in the hills of protestant southern France, a very fallible Stevenson leads, drags and pushes a donkey through the rocky lanes, a half bottle of wine swinging from the saddle bags. A perfect recipe for a travel book, actually one of the first books of its kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 1/17/2014

    " I read this in anticipation of my trip to southern France and loved it--lots of funny observations and thoughts "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 1/12/2014

    " This is a 1905 publication downloaded free from Google ebooks. I enjoyed the simple story of the author's tramp through France with his donkey, Modestine, although there was a little too much religious war history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 candice | 1/10/2014

    " There's a lot less bonding with the donkey Modestine than Amazon.com reviews would have you believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/6/2014

    " I believe I read this after reading Travels With Charley, by John Steinbeck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Steger | 12/10/2013

    " This is a wonderful book, here published with illustrations that fit the mood perfectly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrobertus | 12/3/2013

    " Stevenson spends about two weeks driving a stubborn donkey through east central France. This is a wry, often hilarious narrative, but also has a marvelous description of a way of life that is now gone. This book is a real jewel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nat Wout | 12/1/2013

    " Wonderful, fun and emotional, so human. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 5/16/2012

    " I enjoyed this short travelogue of a 2 week hike in 1878 France, mainly for the beautiful descriptions of countryside and people. ...Stevenson was 28, stayed in a monastery for 3 nights, and a few inns, but mainly slept outside with his sleeping bag lined in blue fur. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Lucas | 4/17/2012

    " So looking forward to taking this book on holiday with me. I love the story by Stevenson, and now it comes with a mouthwatering eating guide to the places in the original tale. Brilliant idea. Literature with an apetite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/15/2012

    " The ending left me heartbroken, but I think I liked it more for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/15/2012

    " classic of travel literature, made me decide to drop everything and head to europe one summer in college and has influenced my philosophy of travel ever since, it's really not about the destination but about the process "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikk - Down the Writer's Path | 11/20/2011

    " A quick, sometimes humorous, read by a great writer. Short book, too. Worth reading. (I plan to add more later.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 4/18/2011

    " I found RLS to be humorous and good natured in this book. It's a good window into nineteenth century travel on donkey-back through France. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Hawthorn | 4/6/2011

    " Last read this for A-level in about 1959. Very enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nasim | 2/5/2011

    " Gorgeous, gentle book, just wish he'd been kinder to Modestine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martinxo | 11/17/2010

    " Best travel book I've ever read? Definitely one of the top three. Stevenson can write, he is witty, he is intelligent, which is more than I can say for the travel writing I've read by much of today's young crop of hardy souls. Oh, and it is free on the Kindle, what more could you want? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 10/20/2010

    " Interesting early Stevenson, autobiographical, about a 12 day trip that he and a donkey took in rural France. None of the panache of later Stevenson, but a peak at his formative years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 9/27/2010

    " This is a 1905 publication downloaded free from Google ebooks. I enjoyed the simple story of the author's tramp through France with his donkey, Modestine, although there was a little too much religious war history.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrobertus | 11/12/2009

    " Stevenson spends about two weeks driving a stubborn donkey through east central France. This is a wry, often hilarious narrative, but also has a marvelous description of a way of life that is now gone. This book is a real jewel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 2/24/2009

    " So looking forward to taking this book on holiday with me. I love the story by Stevenson, and now it comes with a mouthwatering eating guide to the places in the original tale. Brilliant idea. Literature with an apetite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 HRT | 10/15/2008

    " If you want to read Stevenson's travel writing try The Amateur Emigrant, a distinctly better book though less well-known. Travels With A Donkey suffers from excruciating dullness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 5/12/2008

    " I found RLS to be humorous and good natured in this book. It's a good window into nineteenth century travel on donkey-back through France. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/12/2007

    " classic of travel literature, made me decide to drop everything and head to europe one summer in college and has influenced my philosophy of travel ever since, it's really not about the destination but about the process "

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About the Author
Author Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was born in Scotland. He studied engineering and law at the University of Edinburgh and then began writing while traveling in France. The publication of Treasure Island in 1883 brought him fame and entered him on a course of romantic fiction beloved by young and old alike.