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.
©2007 Sam Manicom (P)2014 Sam Manicom
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.
A very good glimpse into the everyday challenges that traveling through continents and subcontinent can present to a traveler regardless of the modes of transportation. A refreshing story that does not involve hype or needless drama. Just a very good story of a person that followed a dream and made the best out of what life presented him with along the way. Very enjoyable indeed.
I you are interested in travel this book is excellent. The author is the presenter and that adds a bit of reality to the story.
Enjoy Sam on AAR Raw podcast
Loved this audio book. I found the travel adventure stories very entertaining. The authors voice and English charm comes through clearly. However, this type of travel is my dream. So I look at it with envious eyes
Maybe, just as a reminder.
The authors description of the riding and the environments he passed through
As he neared is final destination entering Europe.
Hard Roads, Hard Times, Good People.
A continuation of his previous title "Into Africa". This time his trip from Australia back to Europe. Thanks to this book, I have absolutely no desire to go to any of these countries. Regardless, the authors description of what he had to endure along the journey was captivating, the little bit of ride description he gave was good but wasn't enough. But listening to his trials, you felt for him and those like him who do such a journey. It reminds you of how lucky you are to live in a more civil, clean and morally acceptable place.
Another brilliant book by this master storyteller. I enjoyed living the adventure as I listened to Sam read his book ‘Under Asian Skies’. Thank-you for sharing this great tale. Looking forward to listening to your next audiobook when it is done and enjoying the story of the next adventure in your life.
I chose this book out of boredom and past interests. Because I have listened to or read most other modern travel narratives, this popped up on my recommended list. I am certainly glad it did as it is a real sleeper.
I have read the other motorcycle distance travel books from Ted Simon, Helge Pedersen, Glen Heggstad, Allen Noren and of course the ubiquitous Long Way Down/Round (among others). Ted Simon set the bar for me but this book is in second place. Distance riders can get too caught up in the task of riding and forget or gloss over the experiences, people, and food they encounter. Mr. Manicom is more about the experiences than the journey and will often hop off his bike, even for weeks at a time, to experience things. Many other writers instill a sense of urgency, like they must keep the bike pointed at the end of the journey, not so here. He does a very good job of describing the things you see and the reader is often sucked in and experiences it with the author. There are great descriptions of sights, smells, people, social mores and customs. The food descriptions are the only thing lacking but, as a chef, food is more important to me than many others so its a small niggle.
Its a bit different than other motorcycle books. The majority of the other narratives take place in Africa, so one feels like that route has been done to death. I realize Africa is a fascinating and diverse continent but I have literally read 6 motorcycle adventure travel books based there. The Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, etc journey was a nice twist not seen in other books of the genre. Its nice to see variety.
He does a great job with the performance, I was actually surprised the author was such a good narrator. He has a pleasant voice and was very professional in his performance.
"a great riding adventure."
Yes. It is great to hear Sams adventures and close calls and how he gets through them.
Roding through India and problems with getting boat passage for his bike.
Into Africa... Both are really good.
Yes and no. I use Audio books while travelling on public transport.
Sam is a brilliant story teller who makes you feel like you are travelling with him. The fact he narrates his own books makes it more personal.
While this is about a man riding his motorcycle the bike itself is only the vehicle. .. bit he metaphorically and literally and allows for the adventure.
This book is great for both people who love bikes as well as those who have never been near one.
"Another great Sam Manicom book"
Yes and I have done because there is so much to take in where Sam visits so many places
Everything, Sam is a pleasure to listen to and the way he goes into such detail, I love the people he meets along the way too, I think one particular women means a lot to him.
It's his voice and the detail he provides, he sounds so kind and genuine, he is the type of bloke you could sit and talk to for hours over a few beers.this would never come over in book format. And it's so great that he narrates his own books too. I have listened to other travel audiobooks like long way down and Long way round with Ewan and Charlie and they dont narrate themselves, it makes such a difference the hear the actual persons voice who had the adventure and wrote the book.
I really felt for Sam when he had his accident and didn't think he would ride again for a while.
Simply brilliant just like his last book
"Makes you want to head south."
My self I don't have the time to read, so the audio book works well for me.
The way his reading is mater of fact, his adventures are a dream for most. Sam is one of the nicest guys you ever meet and he will always take time to talk to you at the shows. Well recommended.
"A relaxing and at times edge of the seat listen"
Beautifully read, with a very agreeable voice transporting you along this journey with a relaxing rhythm and very enjoyable continuation of into Africa Sam's first book, the story takes you on the highs and lows of life on the road, relationships and riots described so you can paint the scene. As travel stories go this is one of the best and without doubt will be revisited to enjoy again, now Sam get back in the studio I need the third book!
Great book; really enjoyed listening to the adventure which is made even more enjoyable as Sam narrates the book himself
"What an adventure! Sams charm always prevails"
I enjoyed travelling along with Sam, sharing his thoughts and picturing the sights he describes.
I look forwards to enjoying another of Sams books
"If not as good as the first ,then better"
On par both very good
Again because its told by Sam makes it more real
to many to pick out one
Challenge you to listen without falling asleep , not because its boring , but because Sams
voice is so soothing and hypnotic , Perfect
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