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50 Shades of the USA

One Woman's 11,000 Mile Cycling Adventure Through Every State of America
Narrated by: Anna McNuff
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
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"Just then, a train of thought rumbled into motion and a soft voice asked me a question. It was almost a whisper. ‘What are you doing here?’ it said. ‘You are building a career, Anna,’ came the reply from another more sinister voice. ‘But are you building a life?’ said the soft voice again. And for that I had no answer."

Disillusioned with corporate London life and with no previous experience as a long-distance cyclist, Anna decides to clamber atop a beautiful pink bicycle (named Boudica) and set out on an 11,000-mile journey on her own, through each and every state of the USA. Dodging floods, blizzards and electrical storms, she pedals side by side with mustangs of the Wild West, through towering redwood forests, past the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains and on to the volcanos of Hawaii. 

Along the way, she meets record-breaking grandmas, sings with Al Green at a gospel service, and does her best to avoid becoming a grizzly bear's dinner. 50 Shades of the USA is a down-to-earth, heartfelt, and hilarious account of an adventure through a country well-known, but far less well-understood. It is a stunning tale of self-discovery told through the eyes of a woman who couldn't help but wonder if there was more to life, and more to America, too.

©2018 Anna McNuff (P)2020 Anna McNuff

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A superb adventure story!

WOW! What an amazing adventure Anna has had. Her experiences had me laugh, cry, on edge, excited! Beautifully narrated, the time flew by whilst I listened. I'm off to buy her next book.

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An energetic story

told with a passion for adventure, full of all the best things about humanity and an inspiration for anyone who just wants to have some fun and seek adventures in life, however small.

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a wonderful listen to warm the heart.

a must read for anyone with wanderlust. Anna is full of positivity and this book can't help but bring a smile to your face.

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So inspiring

Loved this book, so much energy and happiness, made me want to pick up my bike again.

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Another fabulous account of one of the many Princess McNuff adventures.

Always a pleasurable and inspiring experience, reading about Anna, can’t wait for the next book.

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Refreshing

Anna can seem over-exuberant at times during the book, but her enthusiasm and story-telling are both growers I think.

Loved the kindness element that grows as Anna’s journey progresses - compels you to bask in the human condition to socialise that is shown throughout....

Familiar and refreshing - enjoyed the fact Anna’s effort was not solely geared towards breaking any record , or recognition of goal - it portrays an adventure, odyssey and realisation of one’s life purpose.

Guess we could all do with some of that right now...

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Awesomeness

Funny, heartwarming and motivational. Anna is like no other! A must read/listen even for non adventurers. The queen of adventure and the queen of faff!

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Inspired

What a listen in the lockdown state. When you can get out on the bike or walk in this awesome weather this is a great listen! Funny and inspiring great listen!

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Another amazing McNuff tail, brilliantly told!

This is my second Anna McMuff adventure throughly enjoyable! Looking forward to the next crazy instalment.

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Amazing trip!

Loved this book, what an achievement to do this and loved learning about USA, lots of humour and the ups and downs of the journey. Lovely that the author tells her own story too! Well worth a read.

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  • TONYA
  • 12-05-20

Absolutely Wonderful, All Around!

Thank you Anna! I loved your story and your reading of it!! I will now always hear your voice in my head when planning for adventures!!!

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  • Matthew Allen Koehler
  • 23-04-20

Great narrative about an epic adventure

A ride like this is on my bucket list and it was a pleasure to read about another person's experience taking on the challenge, and a Brit, no less!. As an American, I always find non-American perspectives on America fascinating, especially if that person spends some quality time WITH Americans, not just IN America. I loved the experiences Anna chose to write about, but would have loved even more of them, each one a story among itself for sure. Good on you Anna for narrating the book too.

As a soon-to-be independently published author, I look forward to supporting another one like Anna here and reading her other books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-20

Inspiring, funny, & just plain awesome!

I stumbled upon this book this year in the middle of the 2020 COVID 19 pandemic. Anna not only fed my need for travel (I'm a grounded travel agent), but made me laugh, cry & thoroughly enjoy my morning walks while vicariously traveling with her across our very divided "United States". Thanks for reminding me of all the kind generous people in America, & inspiring me to explore all the states.

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  • 05-07-20

great adventure book

A great job! make sure you listen to the epilogue. simple and to the point.

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  • CFr
  • 20-06-20

Anna will make you smile!!!

The only downside to this book is that it may make you dissatisfied with your own boring life. And besides sharing a good tale of adventure, Anna will charm you with her bubbly charm.

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  • Mamacat
  • 16-05-20

Plucky British Chick Faces Certain Death: Lives!

This is ONE case where the author reads the book and the audio is BETTER because of it! Part travelogue, part comedy, part philosophical musings, filled with a plethora of colorful characters and harrowing escapades told by the most enthusiastic adventurer since Dory from "Finding Nemo," and you've got a fantastic romp that will leave you in stitches while pondering your daily grind wondering when you should take up your own adventure! Brava! Listen NOW!!!