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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.

©1979 Ted Simon (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"[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

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.

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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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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.

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Enjoyable

Two quotes from the book that I loved, "Was it an escape I was trying to turn into legend?" and, "Stifled by the boredom of it but with nothing useful to say to anyone."
There were times during this book that I was lost in the sensationalism and the colorful writing style. Traveling around the world alone for 4 years is an interesting topic and this book is worth a listen. I will admit it felt put on at times, not like a journal of the journey but like a novel but that did not detract from my enjoyment.

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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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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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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.

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So good!

It felt as if I was with Ted Simon throughout his entire journey. Right from the start I was hooked. I’ll be listening to this again!

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JR

It seems that most motorcycle journey books are written by a guy who likes to ride, and then tries to write about it. This book is written by a writer who decided to take a motorcycle journey. That formula is superior. Best motorcycle book I’ve read.

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  • SR
  • 02-15-18

Great book, great performance, great story.

I am very happy I had the opportunity to hear this story. Makes me want to buy a motorcycle and start traveling

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  • michael newton
  • 11-29-15

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

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  • michael d porteous
  • 11-01-15

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.

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  • cormskie
  • 07-08-18

Must hear

Interesting exciting very descriptive great narration funny felt I was on the back of the bike

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  • DTC
  • 06-10-18

A great adventure story

A great adventure story, honestly told with no stone unturned, ted simon leads us through his memories of the path less taken.... LOVED IT!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-18

Good story

Good story, easy to listen to. It was a pleasure to listen to and gave a new prospective on the world back in the 70's.

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  • APat
  • 05-27-18

One of the best travel with fantastic narration

This is one of the best travel books that I have read and with fantastic narration by Rupert Degas, it was as if all the characters were reading their own parts.

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  • Mrs C V Astbury
  • 04-08-18

Fantastic adventure around the globe.

Such an interesting and amusing book. I listened to it whilst on a very long flight to South Africa. We have a motorbike and would like to do a similar shorter trip. I could relate to so many of his bike problems. Very entertaining. A must if you enjoy a good adventure

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-18

For anyone that likes to travel on two wheels.

An epic journey, told as an insightful and honest story for discovery! I really enjoyed it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-27-18

great book , lots of insight

this is just a great book , more about people than anything else and Ted's internal struggle than travel

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  • lee
  • 03-23-18

Jupiter's Travels

Wonderful account of Ted Simon's travels around the globe on a Triumph motorcycle, I loved it, if your looking at reviews wondering if you should get this audio book just get it, it's in my top 3 of all time a masterpiece

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  • yasir
  • 06-03-18

loved it!

absolutely loved it, had me hooked,a memorable book, narrator was too good, too many good moments to choose from.

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  • Colin
  • 05-23-18

Great travel story.

Never got bored with this, being a motorcyclist I kept wondering if I would have what it takes to try that. Summary, perhaps then, but not now. But then who knows!!!

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  • FritzRadda
  • 04-25-18

Wow. Deep searching. A MUST LISTEN

I was toying with an adventure on a motorcycle and came across this deeply intelectule journey in the 1970s around the world. The journey which must have been a logistic challenge is well described but the other journey, the one in the mind is the one that blew my mind. Rupert Degas is now my favourite narrator as he performs accents beautifully.

Enough said. If you want to go on the two journeys, one on the road and one in the mind, this is a must.

Thanks Ted and Rupert.
Fritz

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  • Lynnette Dyer
  • 02-04-18

What an enviable journey

First continent had very detailed descriptions of activities, people, and geography- I followed it easily on a map. It was easy to understand the personal anguish and insecurity and the reader feels they are part of Ted’s journey.
Second continent is still descriptive but the detail starts to get glossed over when USA is entered. I felt at this stage the personal philosophy became too focussed on. I would have liked to understand why The Times seemed to abandon Ted, when the book was written he would have known what press he’d had.
The next two continents were sketchy and about people, little detail about conditions or geography. Then we go on quite a spiritual journey and it becomes the focus again. I wouldn’t go to Malaysia based on Ted’s experiences, and sadly India which should’ve been as colourful as Africa was glossed over and his desire to finish the journey was evident.
An enjoyable story but inconsistent.

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  • Mike FIELDS
  • 08-01-17

I was sad when it finished

A traveller myself I so related to Teds experience. It was like a porthole to a different places and times. The narrator was polished and skilled with accents. I intended to go on his journey again next time I listen to it, however I so wonder what he has done since and how this trip shaped the rest of his life both in good and not so ways. A pleasurable book that makes me wonder what my next adventure will be.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-17

Not as good as the hype surrounding it.

Truly a book long distance motorcyclists or travellers will be able to relate to. Started strongly, with the African chapters being the high points and to a lesser degree the initial Sth American legs.
For a multi year trip, the book gives the impression that the author 'rushed' through Australia, SE Asia and the Subcontinent. Maybe that was the case.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-28-17

Great narration

Detailed observations throughout and inspiring. Well worth the time to enjoy this original classic memoir

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  • PhilippaB
  • 11-21-16

Thoroughly enjoyed

A great story of travel in a time when this trip was possible. Kept my interest all the way through.

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  • Zaak
  • 11-14-16

Inspiring and insightful listen!

Loved the way this book was read. It really provided a great feeling about Ted's travel. Completely different to other overland books i have read and I hope to find another like it!

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  • Malcolm
  • 05-24-16

A must read

Great story, great inspiration and a great man to take on such an adventure.
A must read.