Far and Wide

  • by Neil Peart
  • Narrated by Paul Hecht
  • 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thirty five concerts. Seventeen thousand motorcycle miles. Three months. One lifetime.
In May 2015 the veteran Canadian rock trio Rush embarked on their 40th anniversary tour, R40. For the band and their fans, R40 was a celebration and, perhaps, a farewell. But for Neil Peart, each tour is more than just a string of concerts; it's an opportunity to explore backroads near and far on his BMW motorcycle. So if this was to be the last tour and the last great adventure, he decided it would have to be the best one, onstage and off.
This third volume in Peart's travel series shares all-new tales that transport the listener across North America and through memories of 50 years of playing drums. From the scenic grandeur of the American West to a peaceful lake in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains to the mean streets of Midtown Los Angeles, each story is shared in an intimate narrative voice that has won the hearts of many listeners. Thoughtful and ever engaging, Far and Wide is an elegant scrapbook of people and places, music and laughter, from a fascinating road - and a remarkable life.

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Great Writing, Great Narrator, But Not In Tandem.

Once again, great book by Neil Peart, even though these stories are on his personal website it still makes an interesting read/listen. It really telling on why he doesn't want to tour anymore and not in a snobby way... Though that's where my issues with this audiobook lie.

Previously, Neil's book were read by Brian Sutherland who has a slightly higher pitched version of Neil's voice, but Brian's voice is still sombre and invites you in on the journey and he doesn't seem to force an attitude to the reader.

Now with this audiobook there is a different narrator. He still has an inviting tone, but it unintentionally feels pompous and snobby. I don't think it has to do with the narrator, but more so the narrator and Peart's words, he uses alot of "big words" and has certain observations that, in tandem with the narrators voice, bring out those snobby and pretentious undertones, which in turn gave me a less than enjoyable listening experience.

I must repeat, it's not the book or the narrator alone, it's them in tandem.
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- Michael Davis

Very Good

Every Rush fan should read this. He explains why he retired decisively. However, he does leave room for his mind changing. If this is the end, it's acceptable on all fronts. But, in my opinion, we'll get one more album and show.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books