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Summary

From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads. 

And yet despite all these obstacles they managed to ride more than 20,000 miles in four months, changing their lives forever in the process. As they travelled they documented their trip, taking photographs, and writing diaries by the campfire. Long Way Round is the result of their adventures - a fascinating, frank and highly entertaining travel book about two friends riding round the world together and, against all the odds, realising their dream.

©2006 Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman (P)2006 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"A highly readable and spiritually uplifting book about a dream come true." (Wanderlust)  

"Touching and memorable...one for armchair travellers and bike freaks." (Daily Mail

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  • mr
  • 03-04-13

Great

A previous review mentioned about moaning but I have defend the moaning. When out in the middle of no where your worst hurdle is yourself. I thought it was insightful to get the bad with good and see that even with the support team it was grueling both mentally and physically. I don't want to hear about the glossy bits I want to know what their fears and concerns are to, thus giving the listener an insightful view about the things we need to worry about and know that later,sometimes, it seems inconsequential. Very useful to smear a little RW to those dreaming of taking a journey like this. What I got from it is what I thought anyway, planning is paramount and this is insightful to hear about the bureaucracy surrounding the boarder control in the Eastern European countries like Kazakhstan. A worth while audible journey to take, grunts and all. The funny thing about this audible is when Charlie is on, it sounds like Ewan in Star Wars.

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listened to the end in one go

loved the TV show and loved the book highly recommend this book and I done even ride a bike

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great

good book. love the story. it has inspired me to travel from London to south of italy in 2018. so really looking forward to doing it. Cheers

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Fantastic

Listened to after watching the series many years before.

A little hesitant of the performances at first but you get used to them and can imagine Charlie and Ewan saying exactly what has been written.

A nice length audiobook, just a shame it’s finished, looking forward to listening to Long away Down.

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Top story, well told

I loved this story. The actors speaking as Euan and Charlie did very well. I was not sure at first, but their performance was excellent!

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Incredible

Absolutely amazing. seen the TV series but the book is so much better. A must for any Boorman fan.

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Great Adventure

Once you get over the rather egotistical nature of the two authors it is a great listen. I was inspired to listen to it after listening to Ted Simon's book 'Jupiter's Travels'. The book tells the story of two well known (though not to me) people who set off on their motorbikes to ride to New York the wrong way round - across Europe into Russian via the Stans and Mongolia then to Alaska, Canada and eventually ending in New York. Because of time constraints and the need for sponsorship they arranged to use the journey as a filming opportunity and went with a back up crew. Not quite the challenge Ted Simon had who really did go round the world unlike this pair who kept saying they had been round the world, to me it seemed the easy way round by comparison, not that I could even make it to the local supermarket on a motorbike. However, the book is very well read and the two men came across as likeable friends and seem to stay friends which is greatly to their credit. A good long journey book as there are good natural breaks.

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The long way round

I have just taken up motorcycle riding and often ride out onto the greenlanes of the Derbyshire Peak District. I was reccomended the book by a fellow biker and have enjoyed the ride.

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  • 03-04-08

Can't wait for Long Way Down

Brilliant. Funny. Mind provoking. This tale gave us extra desire to get on bikes and go. Brilliant.

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