The Salt Path Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Bring nature into your home with the uplifting true story of the couple who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the South West coastline, brought to you by Penguin.
Just days after Raynor Winn learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood.
With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path.
Carrying only the essentials for survival on their backs, they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky. Yet through every step, their walk becomes a remarkable journey.
The Salt Path is an honest and life-affirming true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world.
Read by author Raynor Winn, this deeply felt, personal tale is a beacon of universal strength.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 1 minute|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||19 September 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,484 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Walking (Audible Books & Originals)
2 in Poverty & Homelessness Studies
2 in Walking for Exercise
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Facing the harsh judgements and put downs by the majority of people. Education doesn't prepare us for the day when we get tossed out on our toosh. Only a persistent graft will see us through, even then there are no guarantees.
This is a story that reveals much of western culture that politicians and corporate heads don't want publicised; that there thousands of good people sent to the scrap heap in order for the wealthy and powerful to suceed.
A confronting story of the hardships faced by the homeless.
(they built up from scratch )through no fault of their own and decide to walk 650 kilometres with a backpack each and a gov. pension and wild camp in a leaky tent where-ever they can find a flat space .Its an amazing journey and you walk all the way with Ray and Moth along this most beautiful coastline of southern England.I was sad when we finished the journey enjoyed this book very much.
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I really warmed to both Raynor and Moth, I hope that they are both doing well and do hope that Raynor thinks about writing another book. This is not a sad book, although in parts it did make me cry but it is an uplifting read, inspirational and makes you question what you would do if faced in their situation. This book is a joy to read, Raynor's writing is wonderful. From descriptions of the weather, scenery, wildlife, observations on society, nature, other people and their relationship. This is a wonderful story of coming to terms with grief (premature grieving, something I know about unfortunately) and about finding yourself and what is really important when it seems that everything is lost.
So sad, they made a bad investment and lost all their money - but in these hard times a lot of peole are in the same boat but continue to behave honestly and with integrity. Many more people never have any money to invest in the first place.
To be fair, anyone who likes the coastal walks around the West Country might enjoy reading about that, & the descriptions of wild life are fine. BUT........a friend at book club asked "but what alternative did they have? Did you expect them to sign on for welfare & try to be re-housed in some awful place?" Well yes I did!! If they had the arrogance to think they were a cut above the rest of the population they deserved the physical hardships they (voluntarily) endured.
It might have been good to have read more about Moth but his plight was swamped by all the descriptions of the thin sleeping bags etc etc.
Don't buy this book unless you intend to frame the cover, which is beautiful!!
How disappointed I was on reading this TERRIBLE book, no conversations about his diagnosis, Moth (husband) barely spoke apparently the whole journey and her description of the South West Coastal path was incredibly offensive to locals here. Then, if you can stick this book out, you will be further DISAPPOINTED as the end there is no big revelation about Moths illness or diagnosis!!! WTF??!! (Probably to be revealed in a second book deal!).
Also, I believe this book was written by TWO people as whenever she is describing a tourist attraction in Cornwall & Devon, the writing style completely changes to Wiki.com writing = Very suspicious.
Overall, no idea what the hype is about this book?? - In my personal opinion, one of the worst books I've unfortunately paid for and read another book to gather dust in a charity shop.
Fairly early on, I really didn't warm to the author (less so her husband, "Moth" [huh?], who really was more of an appendage to the story than a central figure). She and her husband seemed to have led a pretty privileged life, until they made what must have been the dumbest investment decision, seemingly sinking a large amount of money into an investment opportunity with, supposedly, a close friend, without reading the small print. Taken to court, she apparently represented herself rather than hiring a barrister, and they consequently ended up being evicted.
While I'd normally feel great sympathy in such a case, I just found myself getting annoyed at the self-pitying tone, and blame culture of the book. Even the doctor got a dose of it. How dare he sit on the corner of his desk! How dare he give a diagnosis!
Just to get it out of the way, I did feel sorry for the husband for his illness. But that was about the extent of my sympathy for their situation.
There was a great sense of entitlement and "the rules don't apply to me" about the story. Everyone else is mean, and we, poor us, are the only nice people. Stealing. Avoiding paying for a tent pitch. Ugh.
Additionally, I found so much of the narrative just didn't ring true. For someone who seemingly didn't know how to read a map, the accuracy with which the route was described is implausible. We walked around a sharp corner as the path rose through gorse bushes, past a hawthorn, and came across two Americans, who said X, Y, Z.
Also, events were implausible. Somebody's dog (the author clearly isn't a dog-lover) caused her to fall, and the coins in her hand to roll away, tantalisingly. One fell down a drain (cliche), another was picked up by a boy who, instead of giving it back to whomever it had rolled from, claimed it as his own, and his mother used it to buy an ice cream, while haranguing the author for being a vagrant lolling about on the pavement. Give me a break.
I am dumbfounded why this book has received such critical acclaim. All I can guess is the reviewers wouldn't have seen the Emperor's New Clothes for what they truly were, even if he had given them a full frontal at five paces away.
In summary, awful book full of self-pity and negative karma. I won't be ordering the sequel!
No doubt I will be in a minority here, the book didn't impress me at all. Having lived in Devon and Cornwall for most of my adult life, I'm very fond of many of the places Raynor visited. However, I found her tone to be quite sarcastic and judgemental at times.
I can accept that she and her husband were dealt a rough hand, but much of it was through bad decisions on their part. They had lived most of their lives in relative luxury, a privilege not afforded many people living in the Westcountry (myself included). A nice word here and there could have really benefited some of the communities they passed through. Instead, it felt like she ridiculed many of them.
Overall, repetitive and sarcastic. A very middle class slant on poverty, which many of us live with on a daily basis and don't have the time or means to stop for cream teas along the way.