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  • Distant Suns

  • Every Day an Adventure, Book 3
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Sam Manicom's dynamic third book transports you to Southern Africa, South and Central America. Sam has a gift for describing the vibrancy of people and places, and you are led effortlessly through three very different parts of the world by his enthusiasm and his acute observations. Human behavior, drama, passion, disaster, humor, and the pure adrenaline buzz of overlanding such far-flung, wild and exotic places are all here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fascinating journey!

  • By Jim Foreman on 05-31-16

One of the best motorcycle travel books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I love Sam. He's a great writer, a wonderful person and an excellent narrator.

Listening to this you will wonder why anyone would travel to these places and experience the mass frustration he experienced. But at the same time you understand.

He tells a wonderful tale and really draws you in as he explains things so perfectly. Be sure and listen/read his books in order lest you find yourself confused of what is going on.

Good job Sam!!

  • Is That Thing Diesel?

  • By: Paul Carter
  • Narrated by: Paul Carter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

At forty years old, a successful writer, husband and father, no longer toiling on offshore drilling rigs, was Paul Carter happily nestled in the cotton wool of suburban life enjoying the fruits of his labour? Was he f**k! With his manic life left far behind and the perfect opportunity to take it easy stretched before him what else would a middle-aged, bike obsessed, man want? Yes, that's right, he'd want to be the first guy to ride around Australia on an underpowered experimental motorcycle that runs on used cooking oil, wouldn't he? Preferably without getting hit by a semi-trailer full of bridge parts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit for Paul Carter

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 06-11-14

Aussies are nuts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Mr. Carter did a wonderful job both writing and narrating this book. Great insight into the Australian mind and way of doing things. I found myself laughing quite a few times listening to this and I have to praise him for his tenacity for actually going through what he did.

You won't be disappointed.

  • Dreaming of Jupiter

  • By: Ted Simon
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When Ted Simon rode 64,000 miles round the world on his 500c Triumph Tiger, he inspired thousands of motorcyclists to begin their own adventures, including Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, who chronicled their travels in Long Way Round. Nearly 30 years later, Ted Simon took to the road again to retrace the epic journey he made in his 40s. He meets up with old friends and acquaintances, revisits old landmarks and locations, and rediscovers himself, as well as the world, along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Glad He Did it Again

  • By Theodore John on 10-04-18

So Glad He Did it Again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I enjoyed the first book and I also enjoyed this one as well. Although a bit older than the last trip, Mr. Simon, was still able to give us another wonderful account of his journey. Sadly, it was a shame that our current world was not as agreeable or as kind as it was to him the first time.

For me, I think the only thing that I could have done without was the drama and inclusion of his inadvertent/intentional/unintentional acquisition of a new love interest. I was more interested in how the journey of 25 years ago has changed for him and how the "new" bike was for him. It was the tale of the road that interested me more than the drama of love. Let's save that for social media.

This book also had a bit of bitterness in it. I'm not certain if that was a result of age, the change of the modern world or exhaustion. Be what it may, I accepted his annoyance with things in much the same manner as I do with my own personal annoyance of public behavior and bureaucratic stupidity. At times, it made me chuckle because of the similarities. There were also the Political comments I could do without, I'm not interested in anyone's political opinion but I'll lend a patronizing ear, even to Mr. Simon as spat on about the west at times. No biggie, thankfully, they didn't last long.

A great listen and worth your time.

  • The Dented Head of Joey Pigza

  • By: Jack Gantos
  • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 875

From author Jack Gantos comes a brand-new story in the award-winning Joey Pigza series, exclusively on Audible. Joey Pigza wants to be a winner - at everything! And yet, it seems he cannot win. But why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming in an unconventional way - I loved it!

  • By Traci on 09-09-18

What did I just get?

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Yeah.... not for an adult. I didn't know what I was thinking when I got this. But it was free. Didn't make it 5 minutes into the story and shut it off.

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  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,685
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,702

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

UGH... yeah... no....

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

BORING!! I shut it off and didn't even finish listening to the first chapter. Don't do it! It's a trap!

  • The Masked Rider

  • Cycling in West Africa
  • By: Neil Peart
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

The prolific drummer for the rock band Rush travels through African villages, both large and small, and relates his story through journal entries and tales of adventure, while simultaneously addressing issues such as differences in culture, psychology, and labels. Literary and artistic sidekicks such as Aristotle, Dante, and Van Gogh join Peart and his cycling companions, reminding the listener that this is not just another travel book - it is a story of both external and introspective discovery and adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderfully done

  • By Karin on 03-30-15

Another fantastic book by Mr. Peart

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

First and foremost, anything that Mr. Peart has produced has been absolutely amazing. All of his writings have been inspiring, thought provoking and insightful. This book is no different.

Secondly, Mr. Peart has selected probably one of the best narrators of audiobooks out there. Mr. Sutherland's narration has the ability to bring out what the author has written in such a way that you would believe your are actually listening to author himself.

Mr. Peart's ability to describe what he is experiencing and feeling in this book, and his others, is amazing enough to bring you into his current environment and have you reacting as he did. That being said, I have no need or want to ever visit the areas of Africa that he had the misfortune of visiting in this book.

Listen to this book first before you listen to his others. There is a purposeful chronological order to them and you will soon find out why. Thankfully, Mr. Sutherland narrates Mr. Peart's books.

  • Tortillas to Totems

  • Every Day an Adventure, Book 4
  • By: Sam Manicom, Birgit Schunemann
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Sam Manicom's dynamic fourth book is an enticing yet frequently challenging motorcycle journey across the dramatic landscapes of Mexico, the United States and Canada. Sam's partner Birgit is no longer a novice motorcyclist - riding through southern Africa and South America turned her into a rider capable of facing any challenge. But Sam was worried. As they arrived into North America they had been travelling around the world by motorcycle for six years and he was beginning to think that North America was going to be easy; too easy in fact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Tanya on 05-04-17

Yet another fantastic part to his series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I've loved every book Sam has release and this one is no exception. It pleases me greatly when an author narrates their own book because they bring to you their actual emotions when they tell their story. Sam does it here again.

Bravo Sam. Such a pleasure to experience this book with you. Come back to the USA and really see the country, just avoid the cities and experience real America.

I defy you to get this book and NOT enjoy it. Well worth the money and time.

  • In Search of Greener Grass

  • Riding from Reality towards Dreams and Finding Fulfillment
  • By: Graham Field
  • Narrated by: Graham Field
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

“Well, now I’m committed,” he thought to himself after telling a national TV game show audience that he wanted to ride a motorcycle to Mongolia with his winnings. He felt the fear that commitment always induced in him; he was hoping they might have edited that bit out. Commitments are something he tried to get as far away from as possible, the only other constants in his life being twenty-five years of financial prudence, travel and motorcycle obsession.So there he was, committed to going very, very far on a motorcycle with his meager prize money. Consequently, he spent a winter on eBay and a spring in the garage preparing his $1000 KLR 650 for an uncertain life on the road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this adventure

  • By Theodore John on 08-05-18

Loved this adventure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

My favorite audio books are the ones that the author narrates their own book. This would be one of those. Graham has the ability to make you feel as though you are experiencing everything with him. His excitement, his trepidation, his frustration and his absolute joy come through in his voice.

The question one would have to ask themselves here is which part was the adventure? Meeting the people, the traveling, the roads, cities and towns, the bike..... In this case... All of it. Graham delivers a wonderful narration that carry's you every step of the way through the sand, the mud, the rain, the dirt, the beautiful tarmac, the amazing people, the frustrating people (NYET!!) and the beautiful people. He makes you feel his joy and his frustration. Simply Marvelous!

I defy you to get this book and NOT like it. Thank you Graham for sharing your adventure.

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  • John Surtees: Motorcycle Maestro

  • By: Mick Walker
  • Narrated by: Simon Whistler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Mick Walker - leading authority on all forms of motorcycle sport - examines the long career of the quickest and most determined competitors of all time in this enthralling biography. In the late 1950's John Surtees was the dominant rider in top-level British and European motorcycle racing. A precocious talent, he began riding competitively on Vincents in the early 1950's, then REGs and NSUs and Nortons. He swiftly established himself as one of the quickest and most determined competitors.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Facts and no soul

  • By Looshbaby on 03-05-13

Zzzzzzzz

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

All of the stats and race stories were interesting enough to keep me "tuned in". The authors admiration and obsession for John Surtees took away from what should have been a well constructed biography. Again, while still interesting, it could have been mistaken for a well researched fan letter. The narrator, while good, was not suited for this type of book and it should have been delivered by someone with more excitement in their delivery. Ultimately, I changed the speed of the audiobook to 1-1/2 to get through it faster.

  • Pontoon

  • A Novel of Lake Wobegon
  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 898

Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillliant but not lighthearted

  • By Shel on 10-01-07

News from Lake Wobegon... kinda sorta.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-16

I have been listening to The Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor's News from Lake Wobegon for years. I love the stories of the innocence and simplicity of that fictional town he speaks of. I've gotten to know and love the fictional residents of that fictional town as well.

All of those stories were very light hearted, gossip-like peeks, humorous if you will, into to the lives of these people. I learned of the "Pontoon" incident from those stories.

This book was the depressing side of all that pleasantness. It was dry and at times seemed to drag on, it was a walk through a funeral parlor when you'd rather be outside in the sunshine. The bright spot of the book was the occasional curse word to spice it up and the actual "Pontoon Incident" Chapter.

It wasn't bad, but has made me hesitant to buy another Lake Wobegon book.