Sam Manicom set off from the UK aiming to spend a year riding the length of Africa on a motorcycle; as told in his first book, Into Africa. This challenging first year was such fun that, in spite of a 17-bone fracture accident, being arrested, and being shot at, he decided not to head for home as planned. He finds passage on a container ship from South Africa to Australia, and a new adventure begins.
In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia. You'll ride dusty back roads, ease along rugged dramatic coastlines, and through history and cultures. Work with fruit pickers, sit under the desert stars with a blond-haired aborigine, and cross paths with a runaway from the police. How is Sam's life saved by a Thai prostitute? And smugglers? Did he really find relatives in the steamy Sumatran jungle? Soak up the magical scents and sounds as the journey continues on through India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Iran. This heartwarming tale will take you on Himalayan mountain roads and paddling through the orange glow of the dawn on the River Ganges. Meet the people who live in villages little changed since the Middle Ages, and share chai with strangers. You'll explore the dramatic organised chaos of the grand cites of India, and ride the historic Grand Trunk Road. This is a two-year journey where every day really is an adventure.
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A charming and insightful tale of motorbike travel
Certainly.... With one exception. The print version contains illustrations and photos of some of the people and places Sam describes in this book.
Since the author is reading the narration, there is a lot of subtleties in his tone to emphasize a certain point. Other times humor can be injected where it doesn't quite jump out on the written page.
As with Sam Manicom's other audio book, Into Africa, the listener can pick up sam actually smiling as he reads and recalls certain moments offered up in this book.
This is non-fiction, so Sam remains the primary and most interesting character. The other people jump into imagination as Sam is able to present them with humanity and color.
Sam, himself, is the author. It is like Sam is sitting with you chatting about this rich and colorful journey.
Many parts made me laugh. I feel much closer to a world I know little about from this narrative.
Though it is not necessary, it is recommended that you enjoy 'Into Afrcia' first as a means to gain context and the backstory.
The book holds up perfectly on it's own, but I believe the experience is more complete enjoying the books, in order.
- Jim Foreman
Can't stop listening