The Masked Rider

Cycling in West Africa
Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Travel & Tourism, Africa
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Dysentery, drunken soldiers, and corrupt officials provide the background for Neil Peart's physical and spiritual cycling journey through West Africa. 

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.

©1996, 2004 Neil Peart (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Fascinating Trip Across Cameroon

As part of a college literature assignment before traveling to study in Tanzania I had to read the first chapter of this book. I found that one chapter fascinating then, and I find it even more so now. Having traveled to Africa several times, and having experienced the culture first hand, the author captures in accurate and factual observation the realities of life in Africa, and traveling there. His struggle and dynamic with other riders is also held my interest. Despite the author’s hardship, I kind of want to do a similar trip myself. Well written book with good perspective.

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Life Lessons Through Diversity

Interesting story about the villages in Cameroon and insight on a journey through a Third World country without having to be there and experience the hardship on your own. Neil does a great job putting you there with him on the bicycle, interacting with the others on the tour and of course the typical wisdom that he possesses continues to help extrapolate the lessons from the books he reads on the trip and just basically dealing with others on a month long journey. Really enjoyed the book, I have always been a fan of his drumming but as I grow older realize more of the similarities that I have other than just music.

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Downbeat and Disappointed in Cameroon

Most helpful thing I have to say - if you're looking for a great book about travelling through Africa on two wheels - get Sam Manicom's "Into Africa".

My summary of Masked Rider - he didn't enjoy the trip, didn't like Cameroon or it's inhabitants, didn't like his travelling companions. And didn't even manage to get some humour out of it.
Whatever the opposite of inspiring is, this book was it for me.

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Great Book

Very good story and attention keeper. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys adventure traveling. Added to my list for my personal library.

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Rider

great read. if you like Neil Peart, recommend reading this before ghost Rider. This helps the listener understand the character better.

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Another fantastic book by Mr. Peart

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.

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wonderfully done

Where does The Masked Rider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best I have listen to. Brian Sutherland does a great job of catching Neil Peart's expressiveness with his reading.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator.

Have you listened to any of Brian Sutherland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listen to Brian's work on other Neil Peart books and he does a great job.

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Classic bike touring story

Written by the drummer of RUSH, famous rock band, this book gave an account of many things you don’t read about in typical bike touring books. The characters, personalities (and those that clashed), opinions of Neil Peart, talks about religion, social class, and many interactions with Cameroonian people.
More than that, it reads somewhat like it could be made into a movie. I listened to it twice.

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True Neil Peart writing!

I didn’t know what to expect from this adventure, I have pedaled every mile with Neil and crew. Neil’s detailed descriptions of each pain, every drop of sweat and each bottle of orange soda opened brings the reader into the adventure. Thank you Mr. Peart for the adventure and words of reason in a crazy backwards world. You will surely be missed.

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Even if you aren't a Rush/Neil fan...

This is a pretty good read. If you like travel to unusual places, foreign cultures, etc... you should enjoy Neil's insight.