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Jupiter's Travels

By: Ted Simon
Narrated by: Rupert Degas, Ted Simon
Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (336 ratings)
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Summary

On October 6, 1973, Ted Simon knew there was no going back. He loaded up his 500cc Triumph Tiger in the pouring rain and said good-bye to London.

Over four years he rode 64,000 miles round the world. Breakdowns, revolutions, war, a spell in prison, and a Californian commune were all part of his experience, which was colored variously by utter despair and unimaginable joy. He was treated as a spy, a god, a welcome stranger, and a curiosity. The extraordinary trip became a journey into his own soul, and for many others - including the bikers Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor - it is a pure inspiration. Rupert Degas, "the most versatile of narrators" (The Times), captures all the thrills and spills of Simon's experience and the timeless charm.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©1979 Ted Simon (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks

Critic reviews

"[Narrator Rupert] Degas's accents for the various people Simon encounters add an extra dimension to the work, creating a vivid listening experience." (AudioFile)

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Excellent listen

Found it an interesting recollection of the journey trip was made in the 70s which made it an even more remarkable achievement with todays gps and communication advances it would not have many of the interesting situations faced

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Excellent

I'm a biker. With dreams of riding around the world (it'll probably never happen!) but I live to hear about others adventures. This is not a story of a motorbike journey around the world. It is about a mans journey around the world, He just happens to have chosen a motorbike as his form of transport.
Very well written, and very well read.
I'll be listening to it again I'm sure.

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Terrific audio rendition

I’ve read the book and now I’ve heard the story. Top marks in the telling by Rupert and his plethora of voices. Ted’s journey takes on new life in this audiobook.

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Simply wonderful

Not overwritten, inspiring and incite full story, you don’t need to be overly interested in motorbikes, it’s transcends hobby interests, it’s a very human and surprisingly undated story of human endeavour . Wonderful

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Excellent story for adventures

A very engaging story full of adventurous spirit. A must for motorcycle travel fans. Well read too

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Fantastic read for travel adventure enthusiasts

Beautifully written and narrated book. The enthralling story of Ted Simon's round the world journey and experiences. Interesting observations and descriptions abound.

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Great story... it’s just epically long

This is a fantastic tale of a mans journey of self exploration and bonding with his triumph long before Charley and Ewan ever knew what a BMW was!
It covers every human emotion from funny to heart warming and induration.
The only problem is... well, it’s long.... very long and due to the nature of the narrators calm dulcet tones it can almost induce sleep.

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Warning! it makes you wanna stop your life&ride

Warning! it makes you want to stop your life, get your bike out of the garage and hit the road. brilliant. great narrator.

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I generally like accounts of real life but did not enjoy listening to this book.

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good book this.

I thought I'd better listen to this after reading long way round where it was mentioned as an inspiration to Ewan McGregor. well worth it : )

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  • Joseph
  • 13-10-15

Eloquently Written ~ Exquisitely Told

"In spite of wars and tourism and pictures by satellite, the world is just the same size it ever was. It is awesome to think how much of it I will never see. It is no trick to go round the world these days; you can pay a lot of money and fly round it nonstop in less than forty eight hours, but to know it, to smell it and feel it between your toes you have to crawl. There is no other way. Not flying, not floating. You have to stay on the ground and swallow the bugs as you go."
YES!!! If you've ever taken a road trip on a motorcycle, or have ever dreamt of doing so, you will absolutely love this book. Ted Simon has provided a written account in prose, using eloquent yet playful vocabulary. Rupert Degas does a wonderful job narrating Ted's work.
Ted's journey is so descriptive that a detailed picture forms in the mind, providing a transcendent experience.
I loved this book, and would highly recommend it for anyone interested in exotic journeys.

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  • john
  • 08-10-15

It's a lot more than a story, a lot more!

I have read many travel books, but Ted Simon is the best. I simply loved it. I was in a state of shock and awe just listening to the best English writing I have ever come across. Ted you are fantastic!!

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  • Adam
  • 30-08-16

The least adventurous adventure book

I typically love adventure travel books, but this one disappointed me. There were many times were the book grew dull and difficult to get through. Ted Simon spends more time writing about his deep thoughts than he does describing the journey and the places he visits. I loved long way down and long way round, which were inspired by Jupiters travels, because they were descriptive and made you feel like you were along for the ride. Ted Simon spends too much time with his own self contemplation and often comes off as whiny and wastes time describing things I don't care about. By the twentieth time he described a women's breasts, I started really losing interest. The performance though is spot on and very well done. I recommend Sam Mannicom's "Into Africa" as a better, more captivating alternative to this book.

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  • Matthew
  • 01-10-18

Meh, it was not what I anticipated

Not at all what I was expecting. The book is more of a lifestyle diary than a Long Way Round tale about the difficulties of traveling on a motorcycle. Too much about the ancillary parties and after-hours action than the riding, the bike and the difficulties. It's probably right up the alley for some, but it just was not my cup of tea.

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  • Jessica
  • 14-10-16

Enjoyable

Two quotes from the book that I loved, "Was it an escape I was trying to turn into legend?" and, "Stifled by the boredom of it but with nothing useful to say to anyone."
There were times during this book that I was lost in the sensationalism and the colorful writing style. Traveling around the world alone for 4 years is an interesting topic and this book is worth a listen. I will admit it felt put on at times, not like a journal of the journey but like a novel but that did not detract from my enjoyment.

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  • Bill
  • 30-08-16

When it was actually cool.

I first ran across this book in 2001, when I work at a bookstore that catered to Travelers.
This edition had Ted on his battered Triumph.
"Four Years Around the World on a Triumph"

I never picked it up to read but I often found myself staring at the cover wishing it was me. I knew at some point in my life I would read this book with the hopes of relating it to my own adventures...more importantly my own life.

15 years later, in the form of an MP3, that time came. Mr. Simon is a master of vivid and heartfelt description. His monumental journey has finally become a part of my imagination.

Thank you Jupiter.

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  • John Carnes
  • 03-03-16

A timeless and unexpected treasure.

Having recently acquired a Triumph 800XCC, I've been seeking a book that would give me an introduction to what a potential journey-big or small might look like.
I must admit, I purposely avoided this book initially as I felt that surely, it would be dated. Without question, it is not. This book will stoke the inner fire of adventure for any motorcyclist.
It reenforces the dying concept of human interaction and the willingness to help and give to others without seeking anything in return.
I would highly recommend the audio version as the English accent of the narrator only adds validity to the story and it is quite easy and appealing to imagine it is the voice of Ted Simon.

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  • Nonaligned
  • 14-01-19

Fascinating account read brilliantly

Rupert Degas reads the living heck out of this highly personal, “warts & all” memoir. I found it very compellingly.

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  • Christine
  • 12-01-19

brilliant story and excellent narration

unbelievable narrator. the accents are perfect. the story interesting and funny. loved it and would recommend to everyone who likes travel stories

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  • MotoDouma
  • 02-01-19

Epic Adventure.

He did what millions dream of. At least we can enjoy his story, even if we never take the chance.