Driving 15,000 miles from Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in a record-breaking twenty-three and a half days, Tim Cahill's Road Fever is a hilarious account of a preposterous journey, a breathtaking tour of North and South America, as well as a veritable how-to for pulling off cheeky scams to get ahead. All in the spirit of getting his name written into the record books.
"A hilarious, hyperbolic account of a record-setting 23-day-22-hour drive from the southernmost tip of South America to Alaska's Prudhoe Bay....Mr. Cahill writes as if he were a long-lost buddy we have found in the bar of a dimly lit truck stop, regaling us with roto-routed tales of driving through splattered sheep intestines and 'greasy gumbo mud' along narrow, potholed mountain roads where little shrines to the Virgin Mary mark the spots where public buses have taken the plunge." (The New York Times)
I had never heard of Tim Cahill before listening to this audiobook. To be honest I was trawling Audible for something different. I really enjoy travel and non-fiction adventure stories so I gave this a try. I loved it. True, I was a little dissapointed that he didn't go into much detail about the places he travelled through but this book is about breaking records. If you want the other type of travel writing go for Michael Palin or Bill Bryson. It describes how the record was broken and all the psycological as well as geographical challenges they went through. I have just downloaded Jaguars ripped my flesh (a great title from the start) and hope this is as good. Jeff Harding seems to be narrating lots of books these days and he does this one justice.
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Good story and a good reader made it a pleasure to listen to will listen again soon.
Some people will no doubt say i have overrated this book and that it isn't that good. Howver, I liked it. For one thing it's not as dry and frankly, boring as Bill Bryson or Michael Palin's books which generally get bogged down in insignificant details of no importance to the mere armchair travelle3r since unless you go there you can't confirm the accuracy of the details of culture, peoples or views which those books tend to deviate into as they take you through ther contents. This book is both funny and still manages to give an impression of historical asides which are interesting. It details the trials of customs officials and determination on the parts of the two heroes to 'get the job done'. They do it too. I'd recommend this book to anyone who finds journo speak books such as those written by bryson and Palin dry and boring. This one is lighthearted and the reader really does convey the sence of fun the two drivers had pretty much from start to finish of their journey