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  • Fred's Diary 1981: Travels in Asia: Part 1: Hong Kong and Thailand

  • By: Robert Fear
  • Narrated by: Jack Glenshaw
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Travel & Tourism, Asia
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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Summary

Fascinating time capsule from the '80s

Have you ever wanted to read someone else’s diary? Would you like to experience traveling in Asia without leaving home? Then this book is for you. 

Fred’s Diary 1981 is a fascinating insight into a young man’s travels around Asia in the early 1980s. This is a unique opportunity to start delving into Fred's daily diary, which details the 158 days he spent traveling around Asia. In this first part of the book, you can follow Fred during his travels to Hong Kong and Thailand. He goes from working as a film extra for Chinese TV to spending time in a Thai jail.

©1981-2018 Robert Fear (P)2018 Robert Fear

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I'm very interested in travel memoirs, and particularly those written in diary format. I like the authenticity, written just as it was, not just parts of it remembered. This is a shorter audio book than some so it's perfect when you have a few hours spare-without needing a few days to complete it.

The audio book covers the time the author spent in Hong Kong and Thailand. It was originally released as two separate books; '£99 to Hong Kong' and 'Time in Thailand'. I have read both of these quite a while ago, and, at the time, I felt they could have been combined to make one book-I commented this on my review and now Robert Fear has done this.

I had a quick listen to some of this audio book when I was reading another book; to try it out. Rather than wait to start it when I had finished my reading book, I was enjoying it so I continued listening to this book as well: for example, in times when I had a shorter time spare. Robert Fear's audio book comprises short chapters which are day by day entries in a diary he kept of his travels in Asia in his youth. It's so easy to pick up and put down without needing to remember bits of a plot-as you do for eg. a crime thriller.

I liked the narrator's voice from the start. Sometimes it takes a while to get into a voice-eg if it's not what you were expecting. I found this one easy to listen to, the accent is easy on the ear, with a nice soft tone to it.

My only niggle was that the narrator sometimes paused in strange places where the flow of the sentence should be maintained until the next comma or full stop.