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Into Africa: Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure | [Sam Manicom]

Into Africa: Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure

A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny. Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'it seemed like a great idea'.
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A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny.

Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'it seemed like a great idea'. Sam Manicom had only planned to take a temporary break from his successful retail career, but the one-year ride was so life-changing that he continued adventuring around the world for another seven years, covering 55 countries and 200,000 miles. Sam had no idea how liberating motorcycle travel would be. Revelling in a new-found freedom without timetables or routines, he became fascinated by his ability to explore side roads at a whim and reach remote parts of the continent that many travellers never find. Though Africa is just 5,000 miles from top to toe, Sam explored over 22,000 miles on every kind of road imaginable.

Narrated by Sam, ride with him as he describes Africa's amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape his destiny. This is a genuine tale of the unexpected.

©2008 Sam Manicom (P)2012 Sam Manicom

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    Graham Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom 15/12/2012
    Graham Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom 15/12/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    Really enjoyable. Excellent narration. Please can we have more audible books from Sam Manicom

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  • S
    Porirua, New Zealand
    31/03/14
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    "A love of riding"
    Where does Into Africa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book sits in my top 5


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into Africa?

    The whole journey was memorable


    What about Sam Manicom’s performance did you like?

    His reading style was nice and easy to listen to, very clear and clean


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

    Indeed could stop listening to it


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed his mellow voice and could have listened to him for hours. I felt like I was able to experience his journey alongside him. There was a good mixture of real truths and lessons learned. I would love to hear more books by him. I listen to audiobooks constantly and I found him one of the best readers yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Auckland, New Zealand
    26/02/14
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    "Great Entertainment"

    My ideal travel story - great details of the people, countries, landscapes and culture along the way, told in a light-hearted, upbeat, entertaining style. Not a story of soul searching or "finding himself" but not superficial either, packed full of one fascinating episode after another.
    Sam gets fully immersed in Africa and the people around him, and his observations are totally open-minded and non-judgemental. Love that he narrates it himself, and he comes across as a totally likeable guy.
    I loved his pragmatic "just deal with it" attitude - whether getting malaria, dealing with the many excruciating border crossings or having a serious bike crash.
    Found out he's written several more travel books and my only disappointment is - why are they not on audible??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flavius
    Clinton Twp, MI, United States
    20/01/14
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    "A very vivid read"
    Would you listen to Into Africa again? Why?

    Yes, there's a lot of details that seemed to get lost my first time through, at least for me. Maybe I'm just less capable, but listening seemed difficult at times due to the vast amount of details, people, places, and events going on at one moment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam, his positive attitude and willingness to overcome hardship and frustration was inspiring. What a rad guy


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Hard to imagine; he's narrating his own memories, and thus has a lot of enthusiasm. You can tell he's really enjoying the experience.


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

    Hard to think of one specific moment over all others, there's plenty of moments and a reoccurring theme that equally moved me to admire the general kindness of those in Africa.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read Jupiter's Travels or watched Long Way Round/Down, this book is another one to convince you to travel the world on a motorcycle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pierre
    MATTHEWS, NC, United States
    02/09/13
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    "The ride does not stop"
    If you could sum up Into Africa in three words, what would they be?

    If you have ever taken on a long ride on two wheel you will recognize the struggles Sam goes through and the highs of completing such a ride. This is a great read for anyone who has a bike, or has always wanted one.


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  • Jim Foreman
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    15/05/13
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    "A touching and human account of Africa"
    What made the experience of listening to Into Africa the most enjoyable?

    The author reads this book. In this case it becomes much more intimate. While it is based on a journey on a motorcycle, the focus of this book is the humanity and experiences of Africa and the people he meets, both native and visiting along the way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The easy and non-embellished style of telling the accounts without a political or preachy perspective.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he is haggling over the price of a mango at the fruit stall with in the market.


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

    I felt like I was a part of this journey. It was richly described and experienced. I felt sad at the conclusion as I felt a great journey had just concluded.


    Any additional comments?

    Though this journey takes place mostly on a motorbike, it is NOT focused on the motorbike. It a journey of humanity and the experiences of the author in Africa over a year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rob
    MERIDIAN, ID, United States
    15/12/12
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    "Great for overland explorers"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into Africa to be better than the print version?

    Yes, however I did pick up a copy of the print to highlight and make notes in...it is rather tattered now


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Into Africa?

    The whole trip is memorable...and good information on the medical situation if hurt.


    What about Sam Manicom’s performance did you like?

    His voice carries you through the story, and I love the way his inflections pull you in...great campfire or pub tales must come from him.


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

    I was captivated through out the book and have recommended it as a must read/ must listen on Adventure IQ


    Any additional comments?

    If you are into exploration by vehicle, this is a must. I have traveled some of these areas and love the way the story is told. We need more audio books that feature both two-wheeled as well as four-wheeled exploration (overlanding).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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