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Sam Manicom set off from the UK aiming to spend a year riding the length of Africa on a motorcycle; as told in his first book, Into Africa. This challenging first year was such fun that, in spite of a 17-bone fracture accident, being arrested, and being shot at, he decided not to head for home as planned. He finds passage on a container ship from South Africa to Australia, and a new adventure begins.

In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia. You'll ride dusty back roads, ease along rugged dramatic coastlines, and through history and cultures. Work with fruit pickers, sit under the desert stars with a blond-haired aborigine, and cross paths with a runaway from the police. How is Sam's life saved by a Thai prostitute? And smugglers? Did he really find relatives in the steamy Sumatran jungle? Soak up the magical scents and sounds as the journey continues on through India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Iran. This heartwarming tale will take you on Himalayan mountain roads and paddling through the orange glow of the dawn on the River Ganges. Meet the people who live in villages little changed since the Middle Ages, and share chai with strangers. You'll explore the dramatic organised chaos of the grand cites of India, and ride the historic Grand Trunk Road. This is a two-year journey where every day really is an adventure.

©2007 Sam Manicom (P)2014 Sam Manicom

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A charming and insightful tale of motorbike travel

Would you consider the audio edition of Under Asian Skies to be better than the print version?

Certainly.... With one exception. The print version contains illustrations and photos of some of the people and places Sam describes in this book. <br/>Since the author is reading the narration, there is a lot of subtleties in his tone to emphasize a certain point. Other times humor can be injected where it doesn't quite jump out on the written page.<br/>As with Sam Manicom's other audio book, Into Africa, the listener can pick up sam actually smiling as he reads and recalls certain moments offered up in this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is non-fiction, so Sam remains the primary and most interesting character. The other people jump into imagination as Sam is able to present them with humanity and color.

What about Sam Manicom’s performance did you like?

Sam, himself, is the author. It is like Sam is sitting with you chatting about this rich and colorful journey.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many parts made me laugh. I feel much closer to a world I know little about from this narrative.

Any additional comments?

Though it is not necessary, it is recommended that you enjoy 'Into Afrcia' first as a means to gain context and the backstory. <br/>The book holds up perfectly on it's own, but I believe the experience is more complete enjoying the books, in order.

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  • bkfist
  • North Carolina, USA
  • 09-05-17

Enjoyable book

Sam's writings and his narrative are both very enjoyable and easy to listen to. My only complaint is I'm running out of books in this series to listen to!

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Can't stop listening

Just as "Into Africa" this is another great listen you won't be disappointed. I love listening of Asia and Australia and this audio is no disappointment. I just couldn't stop listening to it and felt as if I was there with Sam on his adventure. Job well done Sam.

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a delite listening to Sam & Libbey 's adventure

we very much enjoyed listening to Sam tell his adventure riding Libbey around Asia and all the people he met along the way. we ride so we understand that freedom z
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. looking forward to reading more of his books soon.

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An Armchair Passenger

What did you love best about Under Asian Skies?

Sam Manicom has done a great job of bringing the geography and it's inhabitants alive through his thoughtful and precise use of language in this book. His patient descriptions of situations at some border crossings that were both confusing and disorganized were as entertaining as they were frustrating. It awakened every adventurous urge I have for exploration and motorcycle travel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Under Asian Skies?

Recovering his motorcyle from a shipping compound in India can only be described as a character building experience. Sam takes the reader on a brief detour of the actual trip, into the minds and quirky personalities of Indian authorities.

Which scene was your favorite?

Each chapter is a colorful and humorous description of life on the road that Sam creates in our minds through wonderful stories, as he travels through each country.

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great book

Love it? yes! great detail great descriptions. It's a Rollercoaster ride and you are their in Sam's shoes as he rides!

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Very enjoyable

A very good glimpse into the everyday challenges that traveling through continents and subcontinent can present to a traveler regardless of the modes of transportation. A refreshing story that does not involve hype or needless drama. Just a very good story of a person that followed a dream and made the best out of what life presented him with along the way. Very enjoyable indeed.

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  • Jay
  • Tylertown, MS, United States
  • 04-26-16

Excellent Adventure!

What did you love best about Under Asian Skies?

I you are interested in travel this book is excellent. The author is the presenter and that adds a bit of reality to the story. <br/><br/>Enjoy Sam on AAR Raw podcast

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Motorcycle overlanding

Loved this audio book. I found the travel adventure stories very entertaining. The authors voice and English charm comes through clearly. However, this type of travel is my dream. So I look at it with envious eyes

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More about the destinations, less about the riding

Would you listen to Under Asian Skies again? Why?

Maybe, just as a reminder.

What did you like best about this story?

The authors description of the riding and the environments he passed through

Which scene was your favorite?

As he neared is final destination entering Europe.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hard Roads, Hard Times, Good People.

Any additional comments?

A continuation of his previous title "Into Africa". This time his trip from Australia back to Europe. Thanks to this book, I have absolutely no desire to go to any of these countries. Regardless, the authors description of what he had to endure along the journey was captivating, the little bit of ride description he gave was good but wasn't enough. But listening to his trials, you felt for him and those like him who do such a journey. It reminds you of how lucky you are to live in a more civil, clean and morally acceptable place.

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  • Roger Spackman
  • 08-21-14

a great riding adventure.

Would you listen to Under Asian Skies again? Why?

Yes. It is great to hear Sams adventures and close calls and how he gets through them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Under Asian Skies?

Roding through India and problems with getting boat passage for his bike.

Have you listened to any of Sam Manicom’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Into Africa... Both are really good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. I use Audio books while travelling on public transport.

Any additional comments?

Sam is a brilliant story teller who makes you feel like you are travelling with him. The fact he narrates his own books makes it more personal.<br/><br/>While this is about a man riding his motorcycle the bike itself is only the vehicle. .. bit he metaphorically and literally and allows for the adventure. <br/><br/>This book is great for both people who love bikes as well as those who have never been near one.<br/>

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  • Aircooled68
  • 12-06-17

Another 5 star listen

Like the first book this was a must have, I'll be gutted when I've finished them all, buy it you won't regret it

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  • Fiona Luck
  • 11-20-17

What a ride

Everyday an Adventure has to be my favourite series in my library, if you have a passion for motorcycles or adventure then this is something I can wholeheartedly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-17

I’m “on the road” as soon as it starts

I can be on a train, sitting in traffic, working in the garage... or even riding my R80GS, and Sam’s honest, heartfelt and often hilarious storytelling picks me up and drops me into an Asian Market, an Eastern Border crossing or just onto a different R80GS (Hi Libby!).

Wonderful stuff!

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  • edwin jenns
  • 12-05-16

Sam is a dangers nut job. 5/5 all day.

this man will have you quitting your job and riding around the world in no time at all. a better inspiration and example would be hard to find.

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  • sean
  • 11-25-16

Thoughtful, well read, inspiring.

This, much like Sam's other books was nicely paced and written in a very considered way. It does have a feel that it is part of a series but stands up very well by itself. It's transports your in your mind much further than the cost of the book spent on petrol would ever get you! Sam has a great reading voice and it's well recorded, so no annoying jumps in volume. If you are interested in learning about new cultures, life on the road as a traveler, adventure motorcycling, how to stay positive or how being patient then this is one for you. Only negative there are only three audio books available and the next one won't be ready until early next year. That means I will have to spend the next few month being patient.

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  • Chris
  • 09-29-16

Another great listen

I Enjoyed this account of Sams travels through Asia and my purchase enables him to keep traveling then more power to his throttle.

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  • TJ
  • 05-03-16

Another great Sam Manicom book

Would you listen to Under Asian Skies again? Why?

Yes and I have done because there is so much to take in where Sam visits so many places

What did you like best about this story?

Everything, Sam is a pleasure to listen to and the way he goes into such detail, I love the people he meets along the way too, I think one particular women means a lot to him.

What does Sam Manicom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It's his voice and the detail he provides, he sounds so kind and genuine, he is the type of bloke you could sit and talk to for hours over a few beers.this would never come over in book format. And it's so great that he narrates his own books too. I have listened to other travel audiobooks like long way down and Long way round with Ewan and Charlie and they dont narrate themselves, it makes such a difference the hear the actual persons voice who had the adventure and wrote the book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really felt for Sam when he had his accident and didn't think he would ride again for a while.

Any additional comments?

Simply brilliant just like his last book

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  • Graham
  • 02-06-15

Great book

Great book; really enjoyed listening to the adventure which is made even more enjoyable as Sam narrates the book himself

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  • Brendan
  • 01-15-15

What an adventure! Sams charm always prevails

What did you like most about Under Asian Skies?

I enjoyed travelling along with Sam, sharing his thoughts and picturing the sights he describes.

Any additional comments?

I look forwards to enjoying another of Sams books

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  • Malcolm
  • 04-12-16

Inspirational

I have thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to the next one. Maybe whilst I'm riding my bike on my journey.