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Roger Spackman

Exeter, England
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  • Tortillas to Totems

  • Every Day an Adventure, Book 4
  • By: Sam Manicom, Birgit Schunemann
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable

  • By mike on 06-02-18

A ride worth taking.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-17

This is not a motorcycle book.... the motorcycle is simply the vehicle (metaphorical and literal) for the story.

Sam Manicom is a brilliant story teller and therefore it is only appropriate he narated his own stories. These are in my opinion show how wonderful the world is and how the vast majority of people are both friendly and generous when given a chance.

  • Distant Suns

  • Every Day an Adventure, Book 3
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Sam Manicom's dynamic third book transports you to Southern Africa, South and Central America. Sam has a gift for describing the vibrancy of people and places, and you are led effortlessly through three very different parts of the world by his enthusiasm and his acute observations. Human behavior, drama, passion, disaster, humor, and the pure adrenaline buzz of overlanding such far-flung, wild and exotic places are all here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Michal on 12-11-18

Great adventure travel book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-16

The fact this book is narated by the author gives it a very genuine feel.

Sam Manicom is a great storyteller and highlights how for the most part people all around the world are basically Decent.... although of course you do come across some rotten apples along the way.

  • Into Africa

  • Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

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’.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mad choice leads to a brilliant adventure!

  • By Roger Spackman on 21-08-14

A mad choice leads to a brilliant adventure!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-14

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Under Asian Skies

  • Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great riding adventure.

  • By Roger Spackman on 21-08-14

a great riding adventure.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-14

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful