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Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road | [Neil Peart]

Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road

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.
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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.

©2002 Neil Peart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jim In Texas! Austin, TX, United States 09-25-14
    Jim In Texas! Austin, TX, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm just a big kid.

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    "Not happy, but fascinating"

    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.




    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. S. Watson Windsor UK 07-15-14
    Mr. S. Watson Windsor UK 07-15-14
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    "My first Audible book purchase"
    What did you love best about Ghost Rider?

    A true story about tragedy, travel and relationships.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Rider?

    The contrasting and easy to imagine scenery intermingling with the authors rich and enviable life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both , sometimes in the same minute.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly recommend this book. Particularly for anyone who has an interest in motorcycling, Canada or rock music !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Hanson 06-01-15
    Jeff Hanson 06-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    Excellent book and look at the man that is Neil Peart and his life at that moment in time and what it takes to come back from such tragedy. No the same person but a new one. The narration is excellent as well. Buy it.

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    LMD Dad 04-27-15
    LMD Dad 04-27-15
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    "Great book horrible narration"

    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.

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    Robert 04-14-15
    Robert 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An inspiration"

    Neil is an inspiration on how to cope with loss. He's also funny and very entertaining. And of course still the best drummer of all time!

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    Musicalspirit 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Deep insightful perspectives on life"

    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.

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    Grady 03-12-15
    Grady 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "just finished and start e d listening again."

    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.

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    paul shock 02-12-15
    paul shock 02-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a man"

    For such a personal man to share this much of his incredibly emotional life is amazing. I felt like I intruded but could not stop!

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    JC Haywire St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 09-29-14
    JC Haywire St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 09-29-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Grieving and Wealth"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost Rider the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Rider?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Brian Sutherland?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    David King Illinois 07-24-14
    David King Illinois 07-24-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent Book"
    Where does Ghost Rider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audiobook and it was amazing


    What other book might you compare Ghost Rider to and why?

    First Book


    Have you listened to any of Brian Sutherland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was emotional to listen to how Neil dealt with the loss of his wife and daughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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