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Tortillas to Totems Audiobook

Tortillas to Totems: Every Day an Adventure, Book 4

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Sam Manicom's dynamic fourth book is an enticing yet frequently challenging motorcycle journey across the dramatic landscapes of Mexico, the United States and Canada. Sam's partner Birgit is no longer a novice motorcyclist - riding through southern Africa and South America turned her into a rider capable of facing any challenge. But Sam was worried.

As they arrived into North America they had been travelling around the world by motorcycle for six years and he was beginning to think that North America was going to be easy; too easy in fact. Were all the challenges of travel in the developing world countries going to be missing? Sam couldn't have been more wrong.

Samuel Johnson wrote, "The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them how they are." After all, aren't these some of the main reasons for going travelling? To experience as many different things and ways of life as possible? To discover new and wonderful things, but also to have preconceived ideas challenged.

This true-life story has more twists and turns than a Rocky Mountain Pass, and more surprises than anyone could expect. As it did them, at times it could challenge you too. Woven into this surprising story are canyons, cowboys, idyllic beaches, bears, mountains, Californian Vineyards, gun-toting policemen with grudges, glaciers, exploding volcanoes, dodgy border crossings, and some of the most stunning open roads that a traveler could ever wish to see.

A gripping rollercoaster of a journey across North America. Sam and Birgit are thrown into a completely new set of challenges. These adventures bring alive the history, geography, human relationships and the pure joy of the open road.

©2011 Sam H.N. Manicom (P)2017 Sam H.N. Manicom

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    Tanya 05-04-17
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    "Brilliant!"

    Absolutely brilliant! I only wish there was another book after this one! I would recommend this to anyone!

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    Amazon Customer REDONDO BEACH, CA, United States 05-25-17
    Amazon Customer REDONDO BEACH, CA, United States 05-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Made me appreciate are reevaluate the sights out m"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Sam is perhaps the best motorcycle adventure writer of the modern era and one of the better travel writers in general. He does a great job with narration. I am a big proponent of having the author read his/her own work and same does an impeccable job. His enthusiasm draws you in and keep you interested throughout. The recording is also of a very high quality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I own all four of his audiobooks as well as print copies of ""Into Africa" and "Under Asian Skies". I was worried that this, his last book, would be somehow lesser because half of it takes place in familiar, highly developed, and easy to tour countries (America and Canada). Let me say that is not the case. It does have a different feel but makes a good bookend for the series. The first half takes place south of the American border, and is a wonderful adventure in the traditional sense, and will surely appease any fan. Surprising to me is that the adventures in America and Canada were compelling as well. There isnt the sense of the unknown one feels in developing countries but there are still great tales to tell. He made me appreciate many of the sights and experiences I often take for granted.


    What about Sam Manicom’s performance did you like?

    Sam's performances are excellent, surprising since he is not a professional narrator by trade. But generally I prefer an author over a narrator any day. He maintains his enthusiasm throughout and has a voice that doesn't wear on you even after a marathon listening session.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were not standout moments in this book, as there were in his past three books. For me it was more of an overall lesson. There is adventure and something to appreciate everywhere, even in developed places. I can't always get away for months at a time, but I could do several shorter trips. I will surely take more long weekend trips because of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    All of his books are great. My personal favorite continues to be "Under Asian Skies" but they are all worthwhile reads/listens.

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    5/9/17
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    "An adventure travel story that I got lost in"
    If you could sum up Tortillas to Totems in three words, what would they be?

    After listening to the first three books in the series my hopes were high for another thrilling adventure told by the author himself. I was not disappointed. Happily this book could possibly be the best of Sam Manicom’s and that is say a lot, because the other three books are outstanding yarns of life literally on the road. At times Sam’s reflective thinking is close to the study of nature and religious belief. He almost coins a new genre of adventure motorcycle theology.


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  • Karl
    5/2/17
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    "Save the best till last"

    Last book in the series that has taken Sam around the world and did not disappoint, A journey through the Americas with all the sights sounds and emotions is enough to make you want to pack your bags and do the journey yourself, exactly what a travel book should be.

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  • Mrs S.
    4/30/17
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    "Another Sam Manicom Classic"

    As with his other three audiobooksei Sam, the author narrates the book himself.

    For me this feels like I am along for the ride with him and Birgit, his girlfriend on their journey from Mexico up to Alaska, and over to New York, visiting many U.S and Canadian states along the way.

    I love Sam's books, he has a real ability to conjure a picture for me, and his narration is enjoyable, comforting and thoroughly enthusiastic.

    An absolute delight for motorcyclists, adventurers, travellers and anyone who loves a great slice of life story.

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