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Around the World in 80 Trains

A 45,000-Mile Adventure
Narrated by: Monisha Rajesh
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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Bloomsbury presents Around the World in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh, read by Monisha Rajesh.  

Winner of the National Geographic Traveller Award for Best Travel Book.  

Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award.

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in 80 train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasn’t long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles - almost twice the circumference of the earth - coasting along the world’s most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.    

Packing up her rucksack - and her fiancé, Jem, Monisha embarks on an unforgettable adventure that will take her from London’s St Pancras station to the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan and beyond. The ensuing journey is one of constant movement and mayhem, as the pair strikes up friendships and swaps stories with the hilarious, irksome and ultimately endearing travellers they meet on board, all while taking in some of the earth’s most breathtaking views.    

From the author of Around India in 80 Trains comes another witty and irreverent look at the world and a celebration of the glory of train travel. Rajesh offers a wonderfully vivid account of life, history and culture in an audiobook that will make you laugh out loud - and reflect on what it means to be a global citizen - as you whirl around the world listening to it.

©2019 Monisha Rajesh (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"Monisha Rajesh has chosen one of the best ways of seeing the world. Never too fast, never too slow, her journey does what trains do best. Getting to the heart of things. Prepare for a very fine ride." (Michael Palin)

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10/10 Great adventure

A great adventure story. Monisha read it perfectly. Would listen again, Definitely given me the bug to go traveling by train again!

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Brilliant

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this fantastic book. Not travelling this year because of the virus but now I've listened to this book I feel like I have! The author brings every place she visits to life. Really wish Around India in 80 trains was also available on Audible.

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A very enjoyable summer listen.

having the author as the narrator was a fantastic move. you can really here the passion for the story and being Scottish myself love her attempt at her friends accent.

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  • Timothy Mark Abbott
  • 13-06-20

Great escapism for the lockdown

Monisha Rajesh's story of her 7 months of railway journeys in the company of her fiance Jem makes for wonderful escapism in this time of enforced home arrest under the pandemic. Above all gentle in its tone and world view, Rajesh's observations are always humane, open eyed, and open minded. Even in the few moments of apparent peril she maintains an air of calm objectivity rather than indulge in scandalized complaint, preferring to reflect on the humanity she encounters rather than stoke xenophobic fear. While I can't go so far as to describe it as a masterpiece, the writing is occasionally poetic, and once in a while quite moving, and she leaves lasting impressions on the mind's eye. I'd love to hear her narrate her earlier book on her travels in India, perhaps she and Audible have it on their to-do list.

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  • Rick
  • 05-06-20

Highly enjoyable armchair train travel experience

I have been a railfan (or an anorak, foamer, trains evangelist whatever) since I was a kid. I have been travelling quite a few of the railway lines Rajesh mentioned in her book in the last 3 years. This book recalled my memory of railway travel. I am very impressed the small details she have been able to spot. I can even smell the smell, feel the train moving the way she described. I bought both books and audiobook. I personally prefer the auidobook better because her voice (eg. minmicking her travel companion accent, the tense moment of catching a train or the potential of not able to leave North Korea) made the listeners feeling they are part of her travel experience.

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