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Under Asian Skies Audiobook

Under Asian Skies: Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions

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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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    Roger Spackman Exeter, England 21/08/2014
    Roger Spackman Exeter, England 21/08/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    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.

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    edwin jenns 05/12/2016
    edwin jenns 05/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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 25/11/2016
    sean 25/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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 29/09/2016
    Chris 29/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "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 03/05/2016
    TJ 03/05/2016 Member Since 2015

    I'm not a great reader so these are perfect for people like me.

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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Bowen 20/03/2016
    Steven Bowen 20/03/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Makes you want to head south."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under Asian Skies to be better than the print version?

    My self I don't have the time to read, so the audio book works well for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Sam


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    Karl 05/12/2015
    Karl 05/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "A relaxing and at times edge of the seat listen"

    Beautifully read, with a very agreeable voice transporting you along this journey with a relaxing rhythm and very enjoyable continuation of into Africa Sam's first book, the story takes you on the highs and lows of life on the road, relationships and riots described so you can paint the scene. As travel stories go this is one of the best and without doubt will be revisited to enjoy again, now Sam get back in the studio I need the third book!

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    Graham Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom 06/02/2015
    Graham Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom 06/02/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "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 15/01/2015
    Brendan 15/01/2015
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martin 28/11/2014
    Martin 28/11/2014
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    "If not as good as the first ,then better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under Asian Skies to be better than the print version?

    On par both very good


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

    Again because its told by Sam makes it more real


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

    to many to pick out one


    Any additional comments?

    Challenge you to listen without falling asleep , not because its boring , but because Sams
    voice is so soothing and hypnotic , Perfect

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jim Foreman
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    21/07/14
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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.
    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.
    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.
    The book holds up perfectly on it's own, but I believe the experience is more complete enjoying the books, in order.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Bushnell
    26/11/16
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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
    and joy of the open road
    . looking forward to reading more of his books soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    08/11/16
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Estoytaco
    08/08/16
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ppaintguy
    13/07/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jay
    Tylertown, MS, United States
    26/04/16
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    "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.

    Enjoy Sam on AAR Raw podcast


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan R.
    02/11/15
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore John
    Brick, NJ
    02/10/15
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    12/08/15
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    "another amazing adventure"

    Another brilliant book by this master storyteller. I enjoyed living the adventure as I listened to Sam read his book ‘Under Asian Skies’. Thank-you for sharing this great tale. Looking forward to listening to your next audiobook when it is done and enjoying the story of the next adventure in your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    REDONDO BEACH, CA, United States
    18/08/14
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    "A suprise, well written and engrossing travel bio."
    Where does Under Asian Skies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I chose this book out of boredom and past interests. Because I have listened to or read most other modern travel narratives, this popped up on my recommended list. I am certainly glad it did as it is a real sleeper.

    I have read the other motorcycle distance travel books from Ted Simon, Helge Pedersen, Glen Heggstad, Allen Noren and of course the ubiquitous Long Way Down/Round (among others). Ted Simon set the bar for me but this book is in second place. Distance riders can get too caught up in the task of riding and forget or gloss over the experiences, people, and food they encounter. Mr. Manicom is more about the experiences than the journey and will often hop off his bike, even for weeks at a time, to experience things. Many other writers instill a sense of urgency, like they must keep the bike pointed at the end of the journey, not so here. He does a very good job of describing the things you see and the reader is often sucked in and experiences it with the author. There are great descriptions of sights, smells, people, social mores and customs. The food descriptions are the only thing lacking but, as a chef, food is more important to me than many others so its a small niggle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a bit different than other motorcycle books. The majority of the other narratives take place in Africa, so one feels like that route has been done to death. I realize Africa is a fascinating and diverse continent but I have literally read 6 motorcycle adventure travel books based there. The Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, etc journey was a nice twist not seen in other books of the genre. Its nice to see variety.


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

    He does a great job with the performance, I was actually surprised the author was such a good narrator. He has a pleasant voice and was very professional in his performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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