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Are We Nearly There Yet, Dad?

From Croydon to Cairns: A Young Family's 30,000 Mile Drive Across 3 Continents
Narrated by: Robert Power
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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In January 2008, Graham Naismith, 37-year-old IT consultant and former police detective, and his wife Eirene, aged 38 and a former teacher, spontaneously, and with no prior experience whatsoever, decided to embark on a 30,000 mile drive to Australia with their three daughters aged one, four, and six. 

Having previously sold their house in anticipation of a drop in the housing market and with Graham's job at the infamous ID Cards Scheme looking precarious, the climate was right. So, with the decision made and the trip endorsed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Lance Armstrong, and not forgetting The Hairy Bikers, four months of intensive planning and preparation followed. 

A suitable four-wheel drive vehicle was bought and built to expedition standards and the relentless quest for sponsorship commenced. Satellite phones, emergency beacons, needles, drips, medicines, vaccinations galore, mountains of equipment, and bureaucracy were all sourced, and courses in vehicle repair, remote emergency first aid, and Russian were embarked on before they departed. 

On May 1, 2008, they waved goodbye to their friends, and within 15 minutes heard their first “Are we nearly there yet, Dad?”. This proved to be a constant as they traveled through 19 countries including Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, and onto South East Asia before driving the entire circumference of Australia.

As they traveled, the global economy went into meltdown.The book charts, in diary form, a journey through desert and jungle, from Auschwitz to the Beijing Olympics and from opulence to third-world poverty. The family encountered terrorist bombings, earthquakes, blood clots, gun-toting soldiers, corrupt policemen, covert tracking devices, AK-47 carrying locals, an attempted car-jacking, landslides, mines, convicted drug dealers at the Bangkok Hilton, lice, leeches, ghosts, scorpions, snakes, and sharks, not to mention their car being confiscated in China, blowing up in Thailand, and getting stuck in the middle of the Australian desert.

Arguably, the overarching theme throughout this is one man's mid-life crisis that led to a physical journey of self-discovery and realization. On a less pretentious level, it gives a painfully honest insight into how a family and a marriage cope through the good and bad. It is, above all, a funny book.  

If you’ve ever thought about throwing it in and doing something completely different, then this is a must listen. Includes full equipment list, visa details, preparations required, costs, route, vehicle maintenance tasks, and sponsorship details.

©2019 Graham Naismith (P)2019 Graham Naismith

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Funny, really interesting and great narration

This has been a joy to listen to. Great narration by Robert Power who really captures the voice of Graham Naismith. Highly recommend and great value for money as this is a chunky book. It flew by when listening to it!