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  • In Search of Greener Grass

  • Riding from Reality towards Dreams and Finding Fulfillment
  • By: Graham Field
  • Narrated by: Graham Field
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

“Well, now I’m committed,” he thought to himself after telling a national TV game show audience that he wanted to ride a motorcycle to Mongolia with his winnings. He felt the fear that commitment always induced in him; he was hoping they might have edited that bit out. Commitments are something he tried to get as far away from as possible, the only other constants in his life being twenty-five years of financial prudence, travel and motorcycle obsession.So there he was, committed to going very, very far on a motorcycle with his meager prize money. Consequently, he spent a winter on eBay and a spring in the garage preparing his $1000 KLR 650 for an uncertain life on the road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Jon on 01-02-19

Funny, interesting and real

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

Loved the whole of this book, it’s so honest. It took me on his journey and all its amazement and frustration and humour and grumpy rants about the irritating people and bureaucracy he came across on the way!

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, reenacting scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly his destiny - until one day his father disappeared. As a young man on a classic cross-country motorcycle trip, he found himself stranded at a rest area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To pass the time, he read a tattered copy of Hedda Gabler, and in a flash he found himself face-to-face with his original calling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-10-16

Enjoyable but boastful

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

The first half of the book is really interesting and down to earth, but when he reaches success in his career it changes to being quietly boastful and a bit over the top, as if he is now some sort of wise elder of the acting community with lots of self importance.

It was a bit of a shame because I went into the book really respecting him as an actor and came out at the end thinking he is a bit full of himself!

Still an interesting read and he has a great listenable voice.

  • Doctor Dealer

  • The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Doctor Dealer is the story of Larry Lavin, a bright, charismatic young man who rose from his working-class upbringing to win a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, earn Ivy League college and dental degrees, and buy his family a house in one of Philadelphia's most exclusive suburbs. But behind the facade of his success was a dark secret - at every step of the way he was building the foundation for a cocaine empire that would grow to generate over $60 million in annual sales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make your journey a bit longer

  • By Neilo on 24-06-16

Interesting but not captivating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-18

In the end I got into this book, but it wasn’t ever particularly exciting or scandalous. I’d expected more of a Wolf of Wall Street style epic, but it was more of a slow burn.

That said, it had lots of lives involved and it was interesting to find out what happened to them all.

  • The Backpacker

  • By: John Harris
  • Narrated by: Tom Lawrence
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

John’s trip to India starts badly when he finds himself looking at the sharp end of a knife in a train station cubicle. His life is saved by the enigmatic Rick, who persuades John to abandon his mundane plans for the future for much, much more. Fast forward to the Thai island of Koh Pha-Ngan where they pose as millionaire aristocrats in a hedonistic Eden of beautiful girls, free drugs and wild beach parties. Soon pursued by Thai Mafia, they escape to Indonesia, Australia, and Hong Kong, facing danger at every turn.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shallow Superficial Fiction

  • By Chud Bensonfist on 29-02-16

Totally unexpected

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

I’ve read lots of travel memoirs before by ‘adventurers’ or hikers taking things seriously so this was completely different from the start.

I wondered if it would be typical stories about full moon parties and clubs but it turned out to be so compelling and an almost unbelievable story with lots of twists and turns, countries and situations I never predicted!

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  • Jungle

  • A Harrowing True Story of Adventure and Survival
  • By: Yossi Ghinsberg
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

I heard the rustle again, too close and too real to ignore. I clutched the flashlight, stuck my head out of the mosquito net...and found myself face-to-face with a jaguar. Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the Amazon rainforest on an expedition to find a hidden tribe and explore places tourists only dream of seeing. But what begins as the adventure of a lifetime quickly becomes a struggle for survival when they get lost in the wilds of the jungle. The group splits up after disagreements, and Yossi and his friend try to find their own way back without a guide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching the Void in the Jungle

  • By JOhn on 09-05-18

Gripping after the accident happens

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

Reviewed: 30-09-17

It took me a while to get into this book, at first I found it hard to remember who everyone was and where they were. Once they were in the jungle and the accident happens, I was hooked. Amazing true story.

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  • Tracks

  • A Woman's Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
  • By: Robyn Davidson
  • Narrated by: Angie Milliken
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1970s adventure across Australia - different times

  • By Mr Lee Rudd on 02-04-15

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-17

I found it waffley, pretentious and frustrating because she never seemed happy or appreciative, always angry at everything, and often going into long rants about how unfair everything was about the world.

I often got 'lost' as to who she was with or where, and there was definitely an anticlimax at the end.

Quite disappointed after reading such good reviews and so many similar books that are in my opinion much better!

  • 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 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

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

Best book I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

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!