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Eastern Horizons

Hitchhiking the Silk Road
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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Summary

Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitchhike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of £750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there.

Eastern Horizons is a true traveller's tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters, from mujahedeen fighters to the Russian mafia. Along the way he meets some people who showed great hospitality while others would rather have murdered him....

©2017 Levison Wood (P)2017 Hodder Headline Limited

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Wonderful Journey

From the very first sentence I knew this journey was me.
Levison Wood’s writing is clear and absorbing. His explanation of how his love of travel was instilled in him is a wonderful story in itself.
As he set off on his travels I set up my atlas to journey with him. Apart from the joys of hearing his adventures, I have learnt so much geography and history and gained understanding of things unknown or of scant knowledge. Google has furthered the knowledge. I learnt about local culture of races; their customs and daily life.
This book is choice for anyone interested in countries related to the Silk Road or interested in hearing a well written travel book.
It would also be a great choice for students learning about this region.
I cannot recommend the book highly enough and I will be reading more if work.
The narrator, Barnaby Edwards was excellent and set the tone perfectly for the listener to become absorbed in the story.

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Above all, travel.

Another fun listen from Levison Wood that makes me want to travel more.

The man is an inspiration! read well with an enjoyable narrative.

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Levison Woods First book

I have read walking the Nile, The Himalayas and The americans all wrote by a much more mature Levison Wood. This book however is enthralling as his later writing and would inspire young men and women to travel. Levison Wood is an inspiring man whose work has inspired me to follow my wanderlust and head out again. This book is gritty but full of the kindness of strangers. it reminds us of our bond with the pepple of the world. There are in this world war torn places but this doesnt mean there is no love for the fellow man as young Lev found. An amazing story from a wonderful writer.

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Great read!!!

Such a fantastic log of Lev’s travels in his younger years. A must read/listen!!

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Enjoyable

A really enjoyable travel book with a great underlying message. Highly recommended. I particularly enjoyed the manner in which this book was read by the narrator

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Lev my G

A wonderful audio book to enrich the passing of day to day life, from driving to work to lounging in the sun.

Levison serves up his journey to us on a steaming platter of humour, history and hardship as he dictates the tumultuous overland trek he undertook at the mere age of 22.

The experience was catapulted into the stratosphere by the narrator, Barnaby Edwards, who’s varied and intoxicating accents drive the individualism of each and every encounter.

Big up Barnaby, long time.

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Loved this book

loved this book. If you've enjoyed any of Levison Wood's other books or Channel 4 programme, you'll enjoy this!

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Fabulous tale

This is the third Levison Wood audiobook that I’ve listened to and thoroughly enjoyed. My only complaints are that it finished too soon and there are no more books by him to enjoy! Thanks for sharing your journey.

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Wood does it again!

Another brilliant travel tale from Levison Wood. You really get the feel of the journey and it captures the imagination from start to finish.

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Fantastic adventure but narration could be better

A real life adventure story about a lad travelling to India. I was gripped from start to finish and have now listened to it twice, and I'm also planing to pick up a paper copy for the pictures and maps, as well as to give it another read! I found it absolutely inspiring.

My only issue is the narrator. I've been a fan of Levison Wood since his first tv show, and I feel personally Barnaby Edwards doesn't do him justice.

Edwards reads the novel as a 'Andy McNab' type adventure with a posh boy 'toff' lead. I didn't think this was the tone of the book and, to me, this doesn't at all reflect Levison Wood's personality. I would have preferred a reader who was more down to earth, or perhaps read by the author himself.

Though, saying that, I've still listened twice and will definitely again some point!

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  • 08-12-18

Some Strange Pronunciation... But Awesome

I love to travel, I've been on the road for over 20 years now on my very slow crawl to nowhere from nowhere special. I've lived in a dozen or more countries and visited many more. And yet, it still gives me a thrill to read (listen to) travel literature. I am particularly fascinated by Afghanistan and would love to visit the country if it weren't highly likely that they would shoot me on sight. So, I very much loved Eastern Horizons and standing in the shoes, metaphorically speaking, of another as they did just that. This is a witty and endearing account of low budget travel (something which does not appeal to me but which I do enjoy hearing about other people doing) in Asia. My only minor quibble is that the otherwise excellent narrator appears to have a limited vocabulary and whenever he encounters an unfamiliar word (not a foreign one, an English one) he makes a total hash of the pronunciation. It didn't ruin the book for me but it is jarring. Thumbs up, top notch stuff, indeed. Highly recommended.

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