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Step by Step

The Life in My Journeys
Narrated by: Simon Reeve
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

The inspiring memoir from TV traveller Simon Reeve's life of amazing adventures in over 120 countries and the most remote and extreme corners of the planet.  

TV documentary maker Simon Reeve has dodged bullets on frontlines, hunted with the Bushmen of the Kalahari, dived with manta rays, seals and sharks, survived malaria, walked through minefields, tracked lions on foot, been taught to fish by the President of Moldova, and detained for spying by the KGB. After a decade spent making more than 80 programmes he has become a familiar face on British TV, well known for his extraordinary journeys across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world. But what most people don't know is that Simon's own journey started in a rough area of Acton, West London where he was brought up and left school with no qualifications. For the first time he will tell his life story with an audiobook rich in anecdotes to entertain and inform listeners about some of the most fascinating (and often dangerous) places in the world and what it took to reach them.  

©2018 Simon Reeve (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"I couldn't put it down, literally couldn't put it down.... A cracking autobiography. It's so diverse, it's beautifully written. It's a real page-turner....The best autobiography of anyone under 50 I've ever read." (Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2)

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Couldn’t put it down!

I have literally been avoiding my family so I can hide away and find out more about Simon’s adventures. I now have a really bad case of itchy feet and think my next holiday might be somewhere really weird. Well written, entertaining and interesting!

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A “ must read”

I have always enjoyed the authors travel documentaries , he focuses on the people and the positives in where ever he is in the world . This book has shed so much more light on the positives, I have learnt so much about the world by listening to him narrating his own story, a brilliant listen

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Excellent listen

Simon is excellent both as an author and narrator. production quality was let down in the end by last 2 chapters marred by what sounds like persistent doorbells! Maddening and spoils what is an excellent listen, hope audible fixes this soon

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Adventure with purpose

Straight, honest, warm, insightful, exuberant - what a brilliant book this is! It’s read by Simon Reeve himself, his voice so familiar from all his excellent investigative adventure travel television programmes.

A memoir as well as a travelogue, Step by Step presents his childhood in Acton which was not one you’d expect a courageous traveller to emerge from. School was nothing much and he left without qualifications; his adolescence was deeply troubled and some of his acts of vandalism and out of control behaviour are truly shocking; dogged by depression he came within moments of suicide. I feel for both adolescent Simon but also for his parents who must have suffered years of worry. It was the therapist who told him to take his life ‘step by step’, advice he took to heart.

It was a chain of luck and pluck that got him onto the Sunday Times as a post boy and from there he started writing travel articles. At last absorbed by a passionate interest, he researched the bombs used in the attack on the World Trade Centre in 1993 and wrote the prophetic The New Jackals. After 9/11 and he was feted as the world specialist on Islamic terrorism and The New Jackals which had all but disappeared became New York best seller. Never in his wildest dreams as he drove round Acton in his granny’s adapted car (apart from his BMX bike his only childhood adventures) could Simon have imagined such a life path!

His brilliant travel adventures – ‘adventures with purpose’ he calls them – followed. His engaging amazement and wonderment never leaves him as he travels world wide – not merely observing but getting right in with the people (often requiring sharing prodigious amounts of local alcohol and food. Fancy barbecued rat?) to learn what life is really like. Abject poverty (Somalia, the ‘Stans’) and ruination of the environment (the draining of the Aral Sea) can leave him in tears of despair and sorrow as he draws the listener into places where most people will probably never go. He’s faced terrifying dangers (a stand-off in Mogadishu between his minders and a local gang, both groups armed with anti-aircraft guns).

Above all Simon is totally unpretentious and hugely generous in his investigations, his empathy and zeal, his determination to learn and experience more and more bursting from him and never failing to bind the listener. Even his camera crew are repeatedly appreciated for their work lugging camera equipment as heavy as a fat Labrador through rough terrain, sweltering heat or bitter cold.

Just great!

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  • 17-08-19

An incredible journey...

It took me a chapter or two to really engage with this book, so please stay with it. Simon has incredible stories to tell, probably enough to fill several more. I learned from it, took inspiration from it and it made me seek out and watch some of the TV and YouTube versions of his travels.

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So interesting

Loved the whole story and Simon kept my interest throughout, reading the story. Fascinating, intriguing

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Eloquent Epic

I absolutely loved this audiobook. I bought it thinking it would be reasonably interesting but it's incredibly engaging, and soon I was taking any opportunity to listen. Simon's narration is great and there are some really eyeopenong

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Magnificent to its core.

Simon is truly empathic and very down to earth. His book is a true account of a life well lived, having learned from the challenges and opportunities that have fallen him. What he has experienced is astonishing and sometimes beyond imagination. Because of this, this book is all together mesmerising and enthralling. A must for any Audio book fan- enjoy!

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FANTASTIC !- NOTHING MORE TO SAY THAN THAT !

So well written and well read it makes you want to fill your back pack and set off !

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  • 27-07-19

Brilliant

This is a fascinating book not only for where Simon Reeve has traveled but his life story too. He has had an unconventional life and in many ways fallen into a career and a series of fantastic adventures. Not many could cope with the many scrapes he's been in but his sense of how to relate to difficulty people stood him in good stead.
A great read