In less than a year, Neil Peart lost both his 19-year-old daughter, Selena, and his wife, Jackie. Faced with overwhelming sadness and isolated from the world in his home on the lake, Peart was left without direction. That lack of direction lead him on a 55,000 mile journey by motorcycle across much of North America, down through Mexico to Belize, and back again. He had needed to get away, but he had not really needed a destination. His personal odyssey is chronicled with his travel adventures, meeting up with friends and family, and the grieving, thinking, crying, and storytelling of life as he rides. Along the way, he plays music from his internal jukebox, yet nothing seems to let him find peace. And without peace, all he could do was keep riding until he found it.
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I'm just a big kid.
I was vaguely aware of the existence of a band called 'Rush', but I couldn't recall hearing any of their music, my tastes in music go in a different direction.
I was unaware of this Neil Peart person. I've since learned he is considered a Living God by many people, including members of my own family.
The two things I do have in common with Mr Peart is that we were both born in 1952 and we both like to take a long motorcycle ride when we feel the need to clear our head. It was motorcycles, not music, that attracted me to this book.
This isn't a particularly happy book, but it is a fascinating one. It's a good motorcycle travelogue. It's an interesting look behind the scenes of the life a famous musician. And it's a tragic story of a man dealing with what has to be about the worst loss one can imagine.
Mr Peart doesn't always come across as particularly warm or tolerant. He does come across as brutally honest with himself and his readers.
The narration and production values are excellent, the story is compelling.
I can't say I 'enjoyed' this book, the central tragedy precludes that adjective.
I am glad I read it.
A true story about tragedy, travel and relationships.
The contrasting and easy to imagine scenery intermingling with the authors rich and enviable life.
Both , sometimes in the same minute.
I strongly recommend this book. Particularly for anyone who has an interest in motorcycling, Canada or rock music !
I loved the story but the narrator put me to sleep. I had to crank up the speed of the narration to give it some life. Otherwise a great story about surviving an unimaginable tragedy.
Well written, and well read. It helped me move along through difficult nights. I feel like I was there with Neil riding through so many landscapes and emotions. Thank you.
I love Rush, I love Neil's lyrics, and I love Neil's genius and talent and unending energy, and I respect him for sharing his travel stories and this story of grappling with immense personal loss.
However, it turned into a snoozefest, with events being retold over and over in the letters to his friends. Also, the narrator mispronounced many place names, specifically "Newfoundland" making it sound almost like "New Finland".
I have a lot of empathy for people and often try to put myself in their shoes, but it was very difficult to do this with Neil since he was travelling first class on a BMW bike, drinking single malt whisky and fine dining at the best restaurants in North America, sleeping in fancy hotels.
Yes, I became very green with envy, mostly due to the anger that I have with myself for never going to these places that he went, which are the same ones I wish to visit.
The story has a great ending and , of course, Neil got back with Rush, and I'll get to see them at two concerts this summer, so I'm glad it worked out for him in the end.
I already had a connection with Rush as a young drummer and always wanted to be a drummer like him. Never got close, lol, but loved this unfortunate, yet inspiring story and I find his writing to be superb. started the book, but never had time. audio books rule. Sayin.
Who needs reading?
I enjoyed hearing about places I've been and want to visit, as well as the details of Neil's motorcycle troubles and triumphs. I also enjoyed contrasting his experience of loss, as a wealthy musician with a lot of time on his hands--with those for whom the drudgery of work is a necessity and financial limitations are often severe.
Neil's descriptions of Americans as bovine obese slobs being herded into and out of buses. I have to agree with his assessment, and he did it with a modicum of humor.
If it was by someone I was interested in. I didn't find his narration particularly notable. His way of aspirating consonants caught my attention.
Many of us have lost loved ones either suddenly or after protracted illness, but what would the effect be upon someone with the freedom afforded by great wealth? What if work were unnecessary, and you could simply leave home on an impeccably maintained motorcycle, the way paved by nearly-unlimited funds and spare time--how would you then grieve? Would loss feel the same?
I usually don't think this--but this book could have benefited from concise editing. Peart's whimsical travels here and there became slightly formulaic, following a very similar shape. In fact, the book sounded more like a list than a composed story. Peart was not disingenuous about being wealthy, but he didn't spend enough time (for me at least) thinking about how that level of influence changed his grieving experience. "I wonder how this would have been different if I wasn't Neil Peart?" 99% of his readers will be left wondering.
This is my first audiobook and it was amazing
It was emotional to listen to how Neil dealt with the loss of his wife and daughter.
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