Mr. J. C. Packman

Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (26 of 35)
Location: France


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,368,818 - Total Helpful Votes: 26 of 35
Billy Connolly's Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ulti&hellip by Billy Connolly
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book for an upcoming visit to USA during which we will be taking Route 66 from Chicago to St Louis. Fortunately for us about 50% of the book covers this section. After St Louis he starts to run out of things to see/do that the average Joe would also be able to see/do. At times he is a bit pompous and condescending and the last 3rd of book is very weak and ends in a bit of a whimper.
Bon Courage: A French Renovation in Rural Limousin by Richard Wiles
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, 8 April 2009
On the whole this is an interesting account of second home (and then permanent residence) in France. His descriptions of people and places are both colourful and add to the overall enjoyment of the book. Having lived in France for 5 years and experienced French life for myself his experiences are familiar and not uncommon. The only down side were the last 4 chapters. I thought they did not fit with the rest of the book and appeared to be there to pad it out. I have read his second book and would happily read the third instalment if there is one.
Bonne Chance!: Building a Life in Rural France by Richard Wiles
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read., 8 April 2009
I read this book before "Bon Courage". Having moved to The Charente region of France 5 years ago I am always interested in others' experiences. I thought it was open and honest and gave an insight into French life if you are prepared to integrate and avoid the "Little England" of the likes of Chalais and The Dordogne. I'll read the next one for certain

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