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Into Africa Audiobook

Into Africa: Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure

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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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    A. Ritchie Guernsey 05/01/2015
    A. Ritchie Guernsey 05/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "A real motorcycle adventure"
    What did you like most about Into Africa?

    I listened to this book whilst on my own motorcycle adventure, riding across Canada on dirt roads. I was constantly nodding in agreement with the experiences Sam was writing about.


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

    Reading a book can be rather abstract, you never know whether the author is stretching the truth. By reading the book himself, feel a real connection to his experiences on the road.


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

    Sam talks about having an guardian angel watching over him and how even some of the worst events resulted in unexpected experiences. This resonated very strong with my own experiences on the road.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this as essential material for anyone considering an adventure... or any armchair adventurers that wants to get a real feel of life on the road.

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    Martin 28/11/2014
    Martin 28/11/2014
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    "One of the best motorcycle travel books"
    Where does Into Africa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    he did what most would love to do and tells it so it makes you want to do it


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

    Have read all the books but audio seems to make it more real


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

    Different emotions , you cannot help but feel them


    Any additional comments?

    Sams voice is perfect for the audio book , if he needs another job he could make a good living out of telling other peoples stories

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Spackman Exeter, England 21/08/2014
    Roger Spackman Exeter, England 21/08/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "A mad choice leads to a brilliant adventure!"
    Would you listen to Into Africa again? Why?

    Definitely, I have read the book and was pleased to hear it in Sam ' s own words.


    What other book might you compare Into Africa to, and why?

    I don't generally read travel books, they aren't my thing so can only be compared to Sam ' s other works... of which Under Asian Skies is the only one available on audio book yet.... I seriously encourage him to publish the others in audio format.


    What about Sam Manicom’s performance did you like?

    It is very personal and makes you feel like you are with him... His written work does this too... but hearing his voice makes it work even better.


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

    As a biker myself I have to laugh at some of the rookie mistakes I remember making myself... but in Sam ' s case he did it on a.mad adventure for a rookie to take on. RESPECT!

    I believe his insight into culture is also important as there are many misconceptions in the western world that he puts right.


    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.

    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.

    This book is great for both people who love bikes as well as those who have never been near one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Graham Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom 15/12/2012
    Graham Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom 15/12/2012 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr T Kane 11/04/2016
    Mr T Kane 11/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "An amazing read / listen that I didn't want to end"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Into Africa to be better than the print version?

    Have now also bought the print version and Sam Manicom's next Audible is top of my Wish List!


    What other book might you compare Into Africa to, and why?

    These Are The Days That Must Happen To You by Dan Walsh


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of them!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I've just finished listening to Sam Manicom’s Into Africa which, on my one book per month subscription, I’d chose it over Guy Martin’s My Autobiography on the deciding factor that its read by the author, rather than being voiced by a “professional”. It was a "book" that I couldn't put down / stop listening to and yet at the same time didn't want to get to the end of. Being read by Sam, it gives the story a whole other dimension, feeling and authenticity. If you're into motorbikes, travel, adventure or Africa, Sam Manicom's "Into Africa” is an amazing read / listen. Apologies to Guy Martin but the Audiable version of Sam’s next book Under Asian Skies now tops my Wish List!

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    Steven Bowen 20/03/2016
    Steven Bowen 20/03/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already have and they are following his adventures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The beginning and how he had started his adventures.


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

    His emotion is his voice reading his journey and the people who he met one his travels.


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

    A lot of envy and wishing I had not done something simlar.


    Any additional comments?

    The way his reading is mater of fact, his adventures are a dream for most. Sam is one of the nicest guys you ever meet and he will always take time to talk to you at the shows. Well recommended.

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    ÅÖ 20/02/2016
    ÅÖ 20/02/2016

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    "Highly recomended author narration!"

    Sam is a fantastic storyteller and he has an amazing story to tell. He tells his story with great attention to detail which makes it very much alive. I highly recomend it to anyone who is interesting in travel and cultural experiences. I will be getting his second book as soon as I have finished this.

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    austen 03/02/2016
    austen 03/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"

    an amazing journey, fantastically written and narrated. A true inspiration for anyone wanting to or just dreaming of a biking adventure!!

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    Helen 20/07/2015
    Helen 20/07/2015
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    "Amazing insight into Africa in the early 90's"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sam Manicom gives a fascinating description of Africa in the early 90's - some of it serious and some of it witty


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    dawn 07/07/2015
    dawn 07/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book I've ever read"

    Didn't want the adventure to end. felt like I had lived it with him.. and have just bought the next book for stage two of his trip!

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    09/12/15
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    "Amazing tales."

    Having spent over 5 years in Africa working at various U. S. Embassies, this audio book stuck a heart felt cord with me. Sam's descriptive abilities puts you right into the adventure and I can vouch for his accuracy. This story is not about motorcycles, but shows what the real Africa is like, which can only be experienced by motorcycle. Read or hear this book. You will be enlightened.

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  • Adam
    15/06/16
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    "Couldn't press pause, fantastic adventure"

    I had a hard time ever pressing pause on this one. Into Africa is a fun, exciting adventure that flows so naturally. Sam's writing style and his narration was easy to follow and made me feel like I was riding along with him the whole time. There was never a dull moment and it left me wanting more. If you're a travel enthusiast, or just looking for a fun easy listen, then this book is perfect.

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  • Grady
    01/06/16
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    "great book"

    I've listened several times and very much enjoy this book. It looses me a little at the end, but not a deal breaker. I would recommend.

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  • michael j avent
    22/05/16
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    "Need a bike now..."

    So good that I need a bike now! I too want to explore and see what's out there. So good and infectious. Never read or listened to a travel book and his adventure and voice have inspired me to take motorcycle classes and one day have a journey of my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore John
    Brick, NJ
    15/09/15
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    "More about the destinations, less about the riding"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... Just in interesting book about riding through Africa and the interaction with the people.


    Would you recommend Into Africa to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Manicom – was your favorite?

    Sam


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

    Not really... it was all very informative.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book. It simply put a stamp of why I have no desire to visit the places he did. The book was more about the places and the people than it was about the ride. Sometimes it got really slow and boring, but other times it was interesting. Must be nice to have all that time and money to do such a thing. Although at times he was speaking of not having the funds to do something or go somewhere. Overall, it was interesting.

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  • Penny
    16/07/15
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    "Awesome story telling."
    If you could sum up Into Africa in three words, what would they be?

    I want to.


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

    The middle, the beginning, and the end.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Manicom – was your favorite?

    Sam Manicom


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

    I enjoyed the book so much I started it over again right away.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a chance to Tweet with the Sam. Neat to be able to live the experience through the book and actually message with the author.

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  • Christopher
    04/07/15
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    "Kept me awake all night for a week!"

    Sam kept me up all night for a week while I listened to this incredible tale. His story is so well told that it reached all of my senses. I smelt, heard, tasted and felt Africa with him and was reminded of my own travels through this continent. Audio books can sometimes do little more than put you to sleep but this particular one read by Sam himself was mesmerising.
    If you are interested in travel, adventure or simply good story telling, you will thoroughly enjoy this read. Thank you Sam for allowing us to share your world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nikos
    30/06/15
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to Into Africa again? Why?

    I have listened to it more than once, and sometimes (when I am pinned at home!) I go back and listen to favorite parts.


    What other book might you compare Into Africa to and why?

    Jupiter's travels -- although they are not that similar.


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

    No, haven't listened to other audiobooks narrated by Sam, but will definitely do in the future.


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

    Yes, both!


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent story, exciting but also down-to-earth. There is no hint of the hype of "how awesome I am because I can ride my bike through Africa" that exists in some adventure travel books. Sam is a great story teller. Makes you want to jump on your bike and go on a long trip off the beaten path.

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  • Oubidoobie
    17/02/15
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    "Great Insight into an Incredible Journey"
    What made the experience of listening to Into Africa the most enjoyable?

    Sam's excellent delivery and even tones make this book a joy to listen to.


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

    Talking about the trials and tribulations of travelling through Africa including the various people, sites and issues that arise when undertaking a long distance motorcycle trip.


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

    Hearing Sam talking firsthand about his experiences on the road is a great way to enjoy this book.


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

    There are many great moments many of which sound like great fun, however, there also some terrifying pieces such as the accident in the desert.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    REDONDO BEACH, CA, United States
    26/08/14
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    "Another great travelogue by Sam Manicom"
    Would you listen to Into Africa again? Why?

    I have listened to, read, and watched most books, audiobooks, and videos on long distance motorcycle riding. Mr. Manicom's books rate as some of the best, possibly the best, in the genre. They are definitely the best on Audible. So, yes, I would listen to them again.

    I listened to his books our of order, that is to say I listened to his second book first, then this one which is his first. This book was excellent as well but I found the second one "Under Asian Skies" to be more entertaining. I feel he matured as a writer and as a rider, but again both are superb.

    This story is very compelling and, had I not read so many other books covering long distance riding in Africa, I would give it 5 stars. Its still better than the other books as a story. Mr Manicom is very good and telling the story of the lands he is in and seems genuinely curious about the cultures and people he meets. His descriptions are typically more vivid than others in the genre. One comes away with a sense of the beauty, smells, and feel of a place. He also comes across as a very likable chap, not cocky like some riders/authors and not rushing to the finish line like others. He is honest about his abilities and skills and the listener sees him grow in many ways as the journey progresses.

    He is also a superb narrator so one doesn't get "ear tired" from listening to the story. He is as good as a professional narrator.


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

    He is sort of a likeable everyman. Some long distance riders try to portray themselves as some globe trotting adventurous supermen just one step down from James Bond. Mr. Manicom humanizes the journey and is a sympathetic figure. He also makes better use of adjectives and you walk away with a better feel of the places he visits when compared to other travelogues.


    Any additional comments?

    To be quite honest the Africa route has been done to death. Its an amazing, huge, and diverse continent but I have found the books to be very similar. It is easily the #1 route to write about for long distance riders. This is my 7th book I have read/listened to that covers long distance riding in Africa and almost all have taken the same route. That on top of the countless blogs that cover the subject. That is not to say it isn't a HUGE accomplishment or worth doing, but as a listener/reader I appreciated his second book much more as the route was far less common to read about.

    He has written 2 other travelogues "Distant Suns" and "Tortillas to Totems" which I hope come to Audible.

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