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"I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back." So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company. Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

©1980, 2012 Robyn Davidson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Mr Lee Rudd
  • 04-02-15

1970s adventure across Australia - different times

Across Australia by camel, or more correctly from Alice springs to the Indian Ocean by camel. The first half of this book was, to me, difficult going. Robyn came across as someone unsure of herself, but adamant she was right in whatever that was. She wants a character that warranted sympathy in the troubles she faced ahead of making her journey.

However, once the journey started, the transition from an insecure girl, unsure of her aim, to a determined adventurer, on her own terms, is palpable. It is also a story of making a journey in the public eye, one that she, in turns, detested and was dependent upon.

This is not a book of modern day society, but one of the 1970s in Australia, a time of old fashioned morals and ideas, and Robyn is definitely at odds with many of these. Perhaps this is why she comes across in the early stages of the book as contrary and uncertain of why, why was she doing this.

In her own words, the journey wouldn't be possible now, through many reasons not least modern controls and monitoring would get in the way.

Two of Robyn's quotes, one personal to her, one that rings very true for me.

“Camel trips do not begin or end, they merely change form”

“We can all escape the limitations imposed upon us”

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  • David G
  • 02-09-16

Brilliant story of determination

I recently watched the film of the same name. I was entranced by the film and decided to listen to the Audible version of the book. Rarely do I find that films even get close to the original story written down in a book and once again this is true here. The film was good but the book is brilliant. Robyn Davidson is a tremendous writer and describes her struggles to organise her trip. She first had to learn how to handle the camels. She came across total charlatans who promised one thing then went back on their promises. Her description of her trip has you on the edge of your seat. The disasters - one in particular but I won't elaborate for fear of spooling the story - are beautifully documented. Her joy is obvious when things are going well. The kindness that she experiences. Her relationship with the National Geographic photographer who becomes an integral part if he book. All these things make this a terrific book to listen to. I don't know who narrates the story but she is very good too. I think you can tell that I really enjoyed this Audible book!

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  • Mikey
  • 01-26-18

Amazing story

I was drawn into this tale so wonderfully narrated, I looked forward to my commute home so I could listen to it. It has been a pleasure. Well recommended.

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  • E. Arnold
  • 01-02-18

Difficult person awesome concept infuriating attitude

I’m finding the author intriguing yet annoyingly naive arrogant and disrespectful of others whilst purporting compassion and appreciation for others. First few chapters are intriguing yet reveal surprising naivety. Sadly degenerates into arrogant self awareness and pomposity. Certainly an enormous achievement but also certainly not a person self reliant as it would appear to suggest. without the help luck and assistance from so many it would never have been achieved, and which, whilst being described were at same time sadly undervalued.

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  • dawn
  • 03-15-17

Disappointing

I found it waffley, pretentious and frustrating because she never seemed happy or appreciative, always angry at everything, and often going into long rants about how unfair everything was about the world.

I often got 'lost' as to who she was with or where, and there was definitely an anticlimax at the end.

Quite disappointed after reading such good reviews and so many similar books that are in my opinion much better!

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  • MISS S.
  • 02-02-17

Amazing story, wonderfully written & narrated

One of the best audio books I have heard. Would recommend to anyone, especially travellers

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  • jessb
  • 02-09-18

The dog dies

I don't like giving spoilers but I probably would have put off listening had I known the dog was going to die at the end. My dog was recently killed in a similarly traumatic way. So just a warning for anyone else who needs to brace themselves against the graphic description. Aside from that, really interesting and sometimes amazing adventure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-18

Fascinating story

it made me think a lot about generational choices and lifestyle, only 40 years ago but a world apart.

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  • FritzRadda
  • 03-07-18

I found a gem

Wow. I found a gem. Never knew about this epic journey on foot. Insight
into aboriginal struggles.

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  • J. Sims
  • 12-29-17

Great Australian cross country with camels

I loved this book and the movie. There is great respect to the original land managers, the aboriginals. There is growth and evolution from a righteous white society into a nomadic mind set.

The description of the Australian desert is beautiful, you wish to see it in her eyes before farmers and miners rape the land for profit.

I highly recommend you read this book. Enjoy the tales out back with far reach deserts and wild camels.

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  • Sleep Tech
  • 10-11-17

Tracks

Fabulous story & adventure. Beautifully written & read. Thank you. Looking forward to other audio books from this team.

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  • Sharon
  • 10-09-17

Highly recommended!

Loved it! Great story, well written. A great Australian experience shared with us! Thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-17

An extraordinary journey of the spirit

Tracks illustrates the beauty and spirit of country, and the harsh, greyed hand of colonialism.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-18-17

Injoyed, Greatly.

The best. Audiobook. So far. Interesting journey. Learned much about. Part of Australia. I never see. And the era. It,s written in. Well worth the listen

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  • Linda Finch
  • 11-01-16

how i remember the 70's

loved it. great narration, great story, great dog . Bloody hot in that red dirt country !

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  • Peter
  • 07-23-16

Interesting and insightful but a bit rambling

Interesting and insightful but a bit rambling. Particularly during first half before leaving Alice. Coherency of story, authors experience and journey easier to follow through second half.

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  • Stephen
  • 06-04-16

From a unique time and place

This is my first audio book and I enjoyed listening to it, although it dragged on in parts because I can read faster. Great story for anyone interested in getting below the skin of the Australian outback.