• Made in Scotland

  • My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
  • By: Billy Connolly
  • Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (193 ratings)

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Made in Scotland

By: Billy Connolly
Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
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Publisher's Summary

All roads lead back home.

Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. 

It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!' So begins an odyssey through the Highlands, the Lowlands and the Barrowlands on a shaggy dog quest to find out what that 'something' was and whether it is still there.

Far from a typical travelogue, Billy’s quest is as much through his memories and experiences as it is through his excursions, with a series of key artefacts prompting reminiscences - a first pressing of a Hank Williams album (the first record he ever owned), Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen, a bottle of air that re-creates the smell of the old Glasgow Docks - each of which inspire moments of reflection, joy, drama and laughter. 

Accompanying a major BBC TV series, Made in Scotland is Billy Connolly's insightful, moving and very funny account of the stuff that really matters. Family, love, sex, health, football, fishing, work, art, swearing, banjos, friends, going to the pub. And good tea.

©2018 Billy Connolly (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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I can't believe I wasted a credit on this blather.

I actually read the other reviews before I bought this book. I guess I miss the point. Mindless and boring. The narrator was decent, but the story is just not entertaining. And again, the author has to sprinkle his pointless political leanings throughout. Can't these dopes just write for entertainment and leave the political editorials to the professional hacks?

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loved every minute!

A great telling of Billy's story. The narrator was chosen wisely and was reminiscent of Billy.

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There's probably an incredible story here but...

this wasn't it, for me.
I was 54 minutes in, and still not completely sucked into the story. I'm not sure whether Mr. Connolly did the writing himself or had help?
I needed a stronger beginning/story to have me driven to know the rest of the story
Disappointed.
Michael Caine's book "blowing the bloody doors off" is a book that hooked me right off.

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Not what I expected from the sample. Disappointed

Billy Connelly starts this book off by saying he is going to rant and complain. the sample lead me to believe this would be true but that was just the preface. The little i did listen to was a lot of whinging about his childhood teachers and family. And, yes he has a true right to be bitter--it was awful. But I still wish I had checked it out from the library so I could return it. wasted a credit for a book not worth keeping.

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Loved it!

A very touching, earthy and upbeat memoir. Great view of aging and honoring memories. Connolly's story-telling is superb; the genius of making the listener laugh and cry and sigh and laugh again! I only wish it was longer.

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Perfect

I didn’t want to stop listening! Highly entertaining and perfect choice of narrator. Looking forward to listening to another book by Billy Connolly!

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Brilliant

I loved every minute of this! The writing, the performance, the reverence for the same things that I hold dear. I particularly loved the bit about bagpipes, as I have always loved bagpipes.

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Great book...

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Always enjoyed Billy's shows and was interesting to learn more about him.

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Loved the stories

I felt a part of his history. it was touching and funny. thank you for sharing.

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Too much fun!!

Billy's biography is a lot like the opening line from Dicken's Tale of Two Cities...it was the best of times, it was the worst of times...indeed! But worst or best, happy or sad, this comic icon nailed it and I could listen to this book again and again....and again. Carry on, Billy :)

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  • jdg
  • 10-23-18

It’s great

I really enjoyed this book, at times I was laughing out loud at others it made me think really hard about the struggles that billy is having with his disease and how he sees the future, I hope he lives for a long time and we find a cure for his disease but never a cure for his way of looking at the world. Long live the big yin 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-18

Enjoyable book

I thought it would have been Billy reading the book and was originally disappointed to find out he wasn't, after the 1st chapter I soon settled into Gordon Kelly's narration and enjoyed it. The book itself was a nice upbeat look back at Billy's life that made me laugh on numerous occasions.

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  • Di
  • 01-15-19

Well Audible I have enjoyed this program!

As a Big Yin fan I have watched all the television programs and I did wonder was there a point in listening to the book. What more could there be. It turns out...plenty. I had to accept it was not narrated by Billy but by someone that he endorses. I feel that Gordon Kennedy has done a good job and it’s Billy’s words. Things I have watched on the documentary are expanded and I can picture the scene or the person he is talking about because of the program. I really, really enjoyed the experience. Listening to the stories and reminisces of his life has been a treat. So yes, thank you Audible I really have enjoyed this program!

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  • Andy
  • 10-24-18

interesting but not great

i have heard most of the stories before but it was still worth it. easy to listen to

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  • Mark
  • 06-29-22

Billie at his story telling best.

A book I would recommend for lovers of Billie Connely. It's good that his able to tell his story in his unique way. Although a actor played the part. the real Billie Showed through.

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  • Elizabeth Elliott
  • 02-12-22

A true story teller

I first saw Billy on the Parkinson show with my Dad sat laughing at his jokes and watching Parkinson crack up like us a true National treasure long may he continue

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  • Richard Smith
  • 11-22-21

Great to hear

A great insight to the life of A Scottish institution from the shipyards to his comedy

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  • Andrew Watson
  • 08-06-20

Hits you hard in the heart!

We all know Billy Connolly the comedian Billy Connolly the singer Billy Connolly the expert on travelling across America!
But that is not really knowing him! Made in Scotland is a very emotive look back over 75 years I wanna Glasgow’s children! When he tells the story of becoming a welder Stevenson which transforms into the Upper Clyde shipbuilders You are struck with a sense of loss of the stories he tells I’m going to be lost forever, this is advisability that everybody needs to know! Open your heart to the story of his life and don’t forget the Kleenex

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  • C B
  • 05-18-19

NOT READ BY BILLY

Just can't understand why this isn't read by the author. It loses the whole point of it. Gave up - disappointed

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  • John wheeler
  • 10-28-18

Disappointing.

I have been a fan of Billy Connolly for many years, but found this book disappointing. I found the performance boring and there is very little new material. Had it have been read by Billy it would probably have far better, but obviously that's not possible. It's a shame because I had been looking forward to the release of this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

Its Billy Bloomin' Connolly

This really was a raw and open biography of one man who has walked a variety of different paths in his life, but took each opportunity to learn, understand and grow himself as much as his sense of humour allowed him to share the realness of so many experiences he has. Billy has always been open about being a man who grew up in hard times, worked hard in ofen hazardous situations, grew in his indentity in himself while his fame also grew and expanded his musical and spoken skills that he brought. A journey that is indie at heart, Billy's story talks of being the outrageously carefree wildling who enjoyed a good night out and a good adventure while not at the expense of values or a good yarn. Narrated so nicely by another Scottsman, Kennedy channels that typical larrikin Billy is as he tells Billy's story in the same colourful manner and tone. A lovely read, and one that had me laugh out loud at times.

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  • Gillian Shippen
  • 01-20-21

A little disappointing but still a fan

Parts of the book are interesting and other parts where there “conversions” with people are hard to follow and self indulgent.
Still a fan but ended up finishing before with end

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  • LESLEY BROOKMAN
  • 11-28-20

Made In Scotland

Loved this book and all Billy’s stories of the past as I was born in Paisley which he mentions on several occasions and his stories are similar to those that my mum used to tell also. Have always loved Billy. Such natural talent. I will read the book again for sure. I only wish Billy had narrates it himself but the narrator did well to be fair to him.

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  • Dr.
  • 06-29-20

Well done Billy!!

Having been a fan of Billy's for 50 years, it was as good as I expected!! Also well narrated, given it wasn't Billy himself. Well done to all...…. I stromgly recommend this to anyone whw has any appreciation for the multiple talents of Billy Connolly!!

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  • Aj
  • 05-31-20

Loved it

Absolutely loved listening to this!
Made me miss home, and family.
Reminded me of the cheek I was brought up around.
Made me laugh and cry!
So bomb👌🏽

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-20

Loved it!!!

A great book from start to finish. Thanks for sharing your journey Billy. You’re a legend xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-20

dissapointed

dissapointed as it was not what i expected frm billy connely and was hoping he would have narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-20

hilarious and inspiring

Absolutely Fabulous, awesome narrator as well as a super inspiring book that really shows to just go about life and be the best you can. Absolutely hilarious of a book too

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  • Alexander Ferguson
  • 01-23-20

A great yarn

Billy’s take on the world is enlightening and so hilariously told. While I don’t agree politically with him you just know he has a heart of gold and wants the best for everyone and to see them laughing and happy. This book will brighten up your day! I know a lot more about the real Scotland from this book too.

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  • Michael
  • 12-31-19

Brilliantly Billy!

This is a fascinating and, of course, immensely funny look at Billy’s life and connection to his homeland. Although slightly disappointing that Connolly was not up to reading it, Gordon Kennedy’s narration is so good there are times you forget it’s not the Big Yin himself. Billy really opens up in his usual fashion which is to say his honesty and frankness about himself and his life is so refreshing compared to some of the more guarded autobiographies I’ve read. This is a must read (listen!) for anyone who has ever had their funny bone tickled by one of the best comedians the world has ever known.