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Jupiter's Travels Audiobook

Jupiter's Travels

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Publisher's Summary

On October 6, 1973, Ted Simon knew there was no going back. He loaded up his 500cc Triumph Tiger in the pouring rain and said good-bye to London.

Over four years he rode 64,000 miles round the world. Breakdowns, revolutions, war, a spell in prison, and a Californian commune were all part of his experience, which was colored variously by utter despair and unimaginable joy. He was treated as a spy, a god, a welcome stranger, and a curiosity. The extraordinary trip became a journey into his own soul, and for many others - including the bikers Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor - it is a pure inspiration. Rupert Degas, "the most versatile of narrators" (The Times), captures all the thrills and spills of Simon's experience and the timeless charm.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©1979 Ted Simon (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"[Narrator Rupert] Degas's accents for the various people Simon encounters add an extra dimension to the work, creating a vivid listening experience." (AudioFile)

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    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 10-13-15
    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 10-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Eloquently Written ~ Exquisitely Told"

    "In spite of wars and tourism and pictures by satellite, the world is just the same size it ever was. It is awesome to think how much of it I will never see. It is no trick to go round the world these days; you can pay a lot of money and fly round it nonstop in less than forty eight hours, but to know it, to smell it and feel it between your toes you have to crawl. There is no other way. Not flying, not floating. You have to stay on the ground and swallow the bugs as you go."
    YES!!! If you've ever taken a road trip on a motorcycle, or have ever dreamt of doing so, you will absolutely love this book. Ted Simon has provided a written account in prose, using eloquent yet playful vocabulary. Rupert Degas does a wonderful job narrating Ted's work.
    Ted's journey is so descriptive that a detailed picture forms in the mind, providing a transcendent experience.
    I loved this book, and would highly recommend it for anyone interested in exotic journeys.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore John Brick, NJ 11-30-15
    Theodore John Brick, NJ 11-30-15
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    "Intriguing and yet......"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes but..... Doing other things at the same time lessens the intermittent discomfort.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    WHEN... he describes the riding and the bike and the roads... NOT when he goes on and on and on and on and on.....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wasn't one in particular


    Could you see Jupiter's Travels being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes definitely. It should be and why hasn't it been already. Either Ewen McGreggor or Charlie Boorman.


    Any additional comments?

    I can appreciate a man who really gets into his work. I can also appreciate a man who doesn't apply that passion with such arrogance that he feels the needs to push it in your face every chance they get. Ted Simons was a journalist, a writer and one who has a great appreciation for the written word. While I appreciate that and admire that. Mr. Simon got a tad wordy and at times drafted a rather boorish story. At times it seemed as though he forgot what he was writing about, which was... riding a motorcycle around the world. Instead at times, the author treated it like "I traveled around the world, met people, ate weird food, fell in love, lived in filth, among filth and oh yes... there was a motorcycle." The best part of the book was the last chapter as he neared his destination. There he remembered he was on a motorcycle and that was the key part of the journey. The motorcycle. That is what I wanted to hear about. The roads, the ride, the bike. That's what the last chapter gave me, just what I wanted.
    I admit I felt a bit melancholy as the book ended, but it was the last chapter that gave that to me. Don't get me wrong, it is a great true story, one that could have been told a bit differently, but a good story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    john 10-08-15
    john 10-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It's a lot more than a story, a lot more!"

    I have read many travel books, but Ted Simon is the best. I simply loved it. I was in a state of shock and awe just listening to the best English writing I have ever come across. Ted you are fantastic!!

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    Bill 08-30-16
    Bill 08-30-16
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    "When it was actually cool."

    I first ran across this book in 2001, when I work at a bookstore that catered to Travelers.
    This edition had Ted on his battered Triumph.
    "Four Years Around the World on a Triumph"

    I never picked it up to read but I often found myself staring at the cover wishing it was me. I knew at some point in my life I would read this book with the hopes of relating it to my own adventures...more importantly my own life.

    15 years later, in the form of an MP3, that time came. Mr. Simon is a master of vivid and heartfelt description. His monumental journey has finally become a part of my imagination.

    Thank you Jupiter.

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    Adam 08-30-16
    Adam 08-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The least adventurous adventure book"

    I typically love adventure travel books, but this one disappointed me. There were many times were the book grew dull and difficult to get through. Ted Simon spends more time writing about his deep thoughts than he does describing the journey and the places he visits. I loved long way down and long way round, which were inspired by Jupiters travels, because they were descriptive and made you feel like you were along for the ride. Ted Simon spends too much time with his own self contemplation and often comes off as whiny and wastes time describing things I don't care about. By the twentieth time he described a women's breasts, I started really losing interest. The performance though is spot on and very well done. I recommend Sam Mannicom's "Into Africa" as a better, more captivating alternative to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Carnes Montana 03-03-16
    John Carnes Montana 03-03-16
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    "A timeless and unexpected treasure."

    Having recently acquired a Triumph 800XCC, I've been seeking a book that would give me an introduction to what a potential journey-big or small might look like.
    I must admit, I purposely avoided this book initially as I felt that surely, it would be dated. Without question, it is not. This book will stoke the inner fire of adventure for any motorcyclist.
    It reenforces the dying concept of human interaction and the willingness to help and give to others without seeking anything in return.
    I would highly recommend the audio version as the English accent of the narrator only adds validity to the story and it is quite easy and appealing to imagine it is the voice of Ted Simon.

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    Amazon Customer 10-15-17
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    "An Excellent Tale of Two-Wheeled Adventure"

    An excellent tale of two-wheeled adventure. Just the right mix of honest human emotion, struggles against man, machine, and nature, and the ecstasy of spiritual discovery. As a motorcycle tourist myself, it is apparent to me that Mr. Simon experienced the same truths that we all now know and share, that you can only truly experience a place traveling on a motorcycle. Cars, trains, buses, boats, all of these bear the stigma of "tourist", while arriving on a motorcycle conveys "adventurer." Well worth the read...or in this case, the "listen."

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    Anonymous 07-24-17
    07-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "wow"

    the stories of the book are amazing performance well done you will not be disappointed must buy.

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    RNC 06-22-17
    RNC 06-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "jupiters travels"

    listened to it 5x now
    planning a trip on my own....
    the fact that someone with no experience
    with motorcycles would do a trip like his-
    makes mine look like a trip to the supermarket...
    listen to his private thoughts...
    they gave me valuable insights & perspectives
    to maintain the resolve to pull off anything involving the darkest things life can throw at you.

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    CoastRange 05-03-17
    CoastRange 05-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant Writing"

    I have been struggling to write some of my motorcycle adventures down and this book and its reading have provided the needed inspiration.

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  • michael newton
    11/29/15
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    "Excellent listen"

    Found it an interesting recollection of the journey trip was made in the 70s which made it an even more remarkable achievement with todays gps and communication advances it would not have many of the interesting situations faced

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • michael d porteous
    11/1/15
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    "Excellent"

    I'm a biker. With dreams of riding around the world (it'll probably never happen!) but I live to hear about others adventures. This is not a story of a motorbike journey around the world. It is about a mans journey around the world, He just happens to have chosen a motorbike as his form of transport.
    Very well written, and very well read.
    I'll be listening to it again I'm sure.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/16/17
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    "men can play at being gods"

    great adventure tale of motorcycling I have listened to it many times and could again it's a fantastic book and helps me plan my own dream trip.

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  • Mr Tea
    11/8/17
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    "Wow"

    A great journey and a wonderfully written book. Often philosophical and occasionally poetic. A stunning performance by the reader.

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  • Nick
    10/18/17
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    "Outstanding "

    So well written and narratated. Lose yourself and dream of yourself travelling as the rider across the world. I met Ted Simon in 1979 at the motorcycle show in London. Bought the book and loved it then as I do now listening to read to me. Beautiful.

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  • Mr Owen McGovern
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    9/13/17
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    "Beautifully written. Very nicely narrated."

    Really beautiful story of Teds journey. Builds a stunning tapestry of the world around him.

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  • JOhn
    8/26/17
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    "Brilliant book, brilliant narration."

    My favourite audiobook so far. This is written by a professional writer who goes on a motorcycle trip and writes a brilliant account of his experiences (rather than yet another biker who tries to make a book out of a holiday diary). It's about the places he visits and people he meets, but it's also about himself and is very personal at times, although rarely in that awful, pretentious style you find in a lot of travel writing. There seem to be large gaps around the world where not much happens, which seems strange, but I found none of it boring. The narration is also excellent. Although it isn't the author, the voice seems to fit perfectly and even the wide variety of foreign accents is good! A brilliant book and perfectly matched with the narrator.

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  • chris
    7/13/17
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    "adventure journey of discovery"

    great book did waver into his spiritual sub concious at times, but alone on a bike for that long he had to, wonderful adventure that I could only dream of. and at times was there on the open road ue great writing.

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  • Anonymous
    6/15/17
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    "Jupiter's Travels....."

    wanted to read for afew years now so audiobook came in very handy. great book and travels well told. would have preferred if it was longer with more stories pe country as alot of the journey was passed over quite quickly...but all in really enjoyed the trip!!

    narrator was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    6/14/17
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    "Great writing and great narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Jupiter's Travels the most enjoyable?

    Great writing and great narration. This is probably the most enjoyable audio book I've listened to..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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