Jupiter's Travels

  • by Ted Simon
  • Narrated by Rupert Degas, Ted Simon
  • 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On October 6, 1973, Ted Simon knew there was no going back. He loaded up his 500cc Triumph Tiger in the pouring rain and said good-bye to London.
Over four years he rode 64,000 miles round the world. Breakdowns, revolutions, war, a spell in prison, and a Californian commune were all part of his experience, which was colored variously by utter despair and unimaginable joy. He was treated as a spy, a god, a welcome stranger, and a curiosity. The extraordinary trip became a journey into his own soul, and for many others - including the bikers Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor - it is a pure inspiration. Rupert Degas, "the most versatile of narrators" (The Times), captures all the thrills and spills of Simon's experience and the timeless charm.


What the Critics Say

"[Narrator Rupert] Degas's accents for the various people Simon encounters add an extra dimension to the work, creating a vivid listening experience." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Eloquently Written ~ Exquisitely Told

"In spite of wars and tourism and pictures by satellite, the world is just the same size it ever was. It is awesome to think how much of it I will never see. It is no trick to go round the world these days; you can pay a lot of money and fly round it nonstop in less than forty eight hours, but to know it, to smell it and feel it between your toes you have to crawl. There is no other way. Not flying, not floating. You have to stay on the ground and swallow the bugs as you go."
YES!!! If you've ever taken a road trip on a motorcycle, or have ever dreamt of doing so, you will absolutely love this book. Ted Simon has provided a written account in prose, using eloquent yet playful vocabulary. Rupert Degas does a wonderful job narrating Ted's work.
Ted's journey is so descriptive that a detailed picture forms in the mind, providing a transcendent experience.
I loved this book, and would highly recommend it for anyone interested in exotic journeys.
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- Joseph "Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read"

Intriguing and yet......

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes but..... Doing other things at the same time lessens the intermittent discomfort.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

WHEN... he describes the riding and the bike and the roads... NOT when he goes on and on and on and on and on.....

Which scene was your favorite?

Wasn't one in particular

Could you see Jupiter's Travels being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes definitely. It should be and why hasn't it been already. Either Ewen McGreggor or Charlie Boorman.

Any additional comments?

I can appreciate a man who really gets into his work. I can also appreciate a man who doesn't apply that passion with such arrogance that he feels the needs to push it in your face every chance they get. Ted Simons was a journalist, a writer and one who has a great appreciation for the written word. While I appreciate that and admire that. Mr. Simon got a tad wordy and at times drafted a rather boorish story. At times it seemed as though he forgot what he was writing about, which was... riding a motorcycle around the world. Instead at times, the author treated it like "I traveled around the world, met people, ate weird food, fell in love, lived in filth, among filth and oh yes... there was a motorcycle." The best part of the book was the last chapter as he neared his destination. There he remembered he was on a motorcycle and that was the key part of the journey. The motorcycle. That is what I wanted to hear about. The roads, the ride, the bike. That's what the last chapter gave me, just what I wanted.
I admit I felt a bit melancholy as the book ended, but it was the last chapter that gave that to me. Don't get me wrong, it is a great true story, one that could have been told a bit differently, but a good story.

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- Theodore John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2015
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks