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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.
©1979 Ted Simon (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks
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"[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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By Joseph on 10-13-15

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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By john on 10-08-15

It's a lot more than a story, a lot more!

I have read many travel books, but Ted Simon is the best. I simply loved it. I was in a state of shock and awe just listening to the best English writing I have ever come across. Ted you are fantastic!!

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By michael newton on 11-29-15

Excellent listen

Found it an interesting recollection of the journey trip was made in the 70s which made it an even more remarkable achievement with todays gps and communication advances it would not have many of the interesting situations faced

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By michael d porteous on 11-01-15


I'm a biker. With dreams of riding around the world (it'll probably never happen!) but I live to hear about others adventures. This is not a story of a motorbike journey around the world. It is about a mans journey around the world, He just happens to have chosen a motorbike as his form of transport.
Very well written, and very well read.
I'll be listening to it again I'm sure.

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By Lynnette Dyer on 02-04-18

What an enviable journey

First continent had very detailed descriptions of activities, people, and geography- I followed it easily on a map. It was easy to understand the personal anguish and insecurity and the reader feels they are part of Ted’s journey.
Second continent is still descriptive but the detail starts to get glossed over when USA is entered. I felt at this stage the personal philosophy became too focussed on. I would have liked to understand why The Times seemed to abandon Ted, when the book was written he would have known what press he’d had.
The next two continents were sketchy and about people, little detail about conditions or geography. Then we go on quite a spiritual journey and it becomes the focus again. I wouldn’t go to Malaysia based on Ted’s experiences, and sadly India which should’ve been as colourful as Africa was glossed over and his desire to finish the journey was evident.
An enjoyable story but inconsistent.

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By Mike FIELDS on 08-01-17

I was sad when it finished

A traveller myself I so related to Teds experience. It was like a porthole to a different places and times. The narrator was polished and skilled with accents. I intended to go on his journey again next time I listen to it, however I so wonder what he has done since and how this trip shaped the rest of his life both in good and not so ways. A pleasurable book that makes me wonder what my next adventure will be.

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