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For 30 years, drummer, author, and songwriter Neil Peart had wanted to write a book about "the biggest journey of all in my restless existence: the life of a touring musician." Finally, the right time, and the right tour.

In the summer of 2004, after three decades, 20 gold albums, and thousands of performances spanning four continents, the band Rush embarked on a celebratory 30th Anniversary World Tour. The "R30" tour traveled to nine countries, where the band performed 57 shows in front of more than half a million fans. Uniquely, Peart chose to do his between-show traveling by motorcycle, riding 21,000 miles of back roads and highways in North America and Europe - from Appalachian hamlets and Western deserts to Scottish castles and Alpine passes.

Roadshow illuminates the daunting rigors of a major international concert tour, as well as Peart's exploration of the scenic byways and country towns along the way. His evocative and entertaining prose carries the listener through every performance and every journey, sharing the bittersweet reflections triggered by the endlessly unfolding landscape. Observations and reflections range from the poignantly, achingly personal to the wickedly irreverent.

Part behind-the-scenes memoir, part existential travelogue, Roadshow winds through 19 countries on both sides of the Atlantic, in search of the perfect show, the perfect meal, the perfect road, and an elusive inner satisfaction that comes only with the recognition that the journey itself is the ultimate destination.

The inner workings of the tour, the people Peart works with and the people he meets, the roads and stages and ever-changing scenery - all flow into an irresistible story.

©2011 Neil Peart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Enjoyable, even for a non-fan of Rush

I was aware of the band called Rush, but didn't care for the little bit of their music I had heard in the past.

I had never heard the name 'Neil Peart' until a month ago when I listened to 'Ghost Rider'. I wouldn't call Ghost Rider an enjoyable book due to its central tragedy, but it was certainly well written and compelling.

I used my next credit for 'Roadshow'. This is a much more enjoyable book. It was interesting to learn how a big traveling music show operates.

I do have a little bit in common with Mr. Peart, we were both born in 1952 and we both like touring motorcycles. I've always been a shy person around strangers, but I can see I'm Mr Outgoing compared to this author.

Mr Peart's relationship with his fans is interesting. He appreciates them, but he's also very frightened by them. So frightened that immediately after a show ends he usually runs to his bus and 'gets of dodge' as quickly as he can.

The 'my fans scare me' theme runs throughout this book. Another theme is the authors love/hate relationship with the United States. I think love is winning out.

And of course, as a long distance rider I found the motorcycle stuff fascinating, and there is a lot of motorcycle in this book. It certainly would be nice to not worry about the cost of frequent visits to BMW dealers to fix all the little problems that come with a shiny red GS.

I have a Yamaha FJR sport touring bike, similar to the author's BMW, except faster. My Yamaha never breaks down, so I don't have to opportunity to become best friends with Yamaha dealers all over the country. ;)

I wish Mr Peart was not so quick to bash people based on their outward appearance, accents, or religious beliefs. His elitist attitude can be bit off putting at times. Still, keep in mind that the author really bares his soul in his books, showing the bad alongside the good.

We can appreciate his frankness in sharing some less than perfect sides of his personality.
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

The narration and production values of this audiobook are excellent. Brian Sutherland voice seems perfect for the job. I've watched some interviews with Mr Peart, and noticed that Mr Sutherland's voice is almost indistinguishable from that of Mr Peart.

Since reading these two books I've tried to listen to some Rush music. It's just not for me, with the exception of Mr Peart's drum solos. I don't know if he's the best drummer in history, but he's certainly the best drummer I ever saw!

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Fascinating

Reading any of Neil Peart's books is rather like eating potato chips...you just want more.
What an interesting man and what a fascinating life. His adventures unfold like a map..he not only shares what he has accomplished but shares his thoughts , feelings, humor and observations. He does not seem to filter anything and has a sense of when he has used enough words. He certainly has not rested on his laurels nor has he allowed himself to think he breathes only the rarified air of one as famous and accomplished as himself. He has a wonderful way of sharing with the readers his views and beliefs without trying to be preachy or trying to convert the reader to any of them. Here is a man who is always on a quest for knowledge and experience...his life has not been without tragedy...he has suffered some of the worst experiences that can befall any human...parent or spouse.
Getting to the end of any of his books is (just have to say it)...is a Rush. Thank you Neil for sharing your life's experience and inviting us in.

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Neil's best so far

I am a huge Rush fan, but haven't loved all of Neil's books. This one, however, I enjoyed very much. To take the time to write this book for his fans, this one about touring, I feel like it was one more gift from a band who has already given us so much, and with so much poise, integrity and class. Sure he's a cranky guy some of the time but if you accept that and just appreciate being taken on the trip with him via this book, you will enjoy it. He is a special person and it was fun and fascinating to see the world through his eyes in this book. Thanks again, Neil.

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Great travellogue by a fantastic performing artist

Neil Peart is a very private man... During the times he is 'at work' as he chooses to describe his sessions while touring with his band RUSH he zips off stage mostly as soon as the gigs are done.

This changes when reading/ listening to his stories like this audio book Roadshow. You learn all about his passions, his musings, the loved ones in his life. I have read all of his books and they all share the same richness in thought as well as show though his eyes, the great and small places he visits during his touring days while riding his motorbike between shows.

The most dreaded part for me is realising that I have reached the end of yet another great book of his. It's almost like saying goodbye to a travel companion after a long journey together, hoping yet another book with many stories will be just beyond the horizon :-)

Sometimes the narration is a bit distracting because you can hear some clear difference in some sessions that have been spliced into the general story. But apart from that Brian's voice is very nice and friendly to listen to.

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What happens between shows.

I'm glad I finally had a chance to listen to Neil's roadlife and travel expierances and take a peek behide the scenes of the R30 tour. I listen to 80% of the audio book during a long road trip which made it even better. I'm looking forward to diving "Headlong First", into another Peart book very soon.

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What a great book. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Loved it. Neil has a great way of painting a picture with words. Highly recommended.

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very enjoyable

probably my 10th time listening. Still love it. on to the next book from Neil.

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Loved this book!

I appreciated the glimpse into the mind of a notoriously private yet near universally influential drummer. If I ever cross paths with Neil, I will know how to act...actually, I already knew...I would treat him like a non celebrity and talk motorcycling! This book made me feel like I was riding with him.

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Another awesome adventure with Neil Peart!

Every book by Neil Peart I read, I'm left with the itch to travel the world!

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Thoroughly Enoyable!

Motorcycling, traveling, an interesting mind and Rush - what's not to love?
Brilliant narrator too.
I strongly recommend this if those topics listed above interest you.

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  • John
  • 07-27-14

Really good, but a slight 'but'

Where does Roadshow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Quite high as I love and respect everything by Neil Peart

What was one of the most memorable moments of Roadshow?

His overall honesty and saying about his shyness or rather not liking to stand out

Did Brian Sutherland do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Well, I like his voice BUT I found his ending sentences often sound rather flat? It bothered me at first, but overall a nice tone and warm

Any additional comments?

So nice to hear tales about and extraordinary mixture of being a rock drummer AND traveling on a motor bike. A great and unusual mix :)

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  • Mr. A. Gal
  • 10-12-17

I listened to it during work.

I find myself a lucky person that I am allowed to listen to music or audiobooks during the day since I do manual work which requires focus and attention. Audiobooks are brilliant to keep me in this productive mood.
This book is amazing, very entertaining. I highly recommend to everyone.
What I didn't like that much was the narrative voice and speed. A bit too fast and very monotonous. You can get bored with it.
But overall it's worth the money.
Loved it!