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Under Asian Skies Audiobook

Under Asian Skies: Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions

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Publisher's Summary

Sam Manicom set off from the UK aiming to spend a year riding the length of Africa on a motorcycle; as told in his first book, Into Africa. This challenging first year was such fun that, in spite of a 17-bone fracture accident, being arrested, and being shot at, he decided not to head for home as planned. He finds passage on a container ship from South Africa to Australia, and a new adventure begins.

In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia. You'll ride dusty back roads, ease along rugged dramatic coastlines, and through history and cultures. Work with fruit pickers, sit under the desert stars with a blond-haired aborigine, and cross paths with a runaway from the police. How is Sam's life saved by a Thai prostitute? And smugglers? Did he really find relatives in the steamy Sumatran jungle? Soak up the magical scents and sounds as the journey continues on through India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Iran. This heartwarming tale will take you on Himalayan mountain roads and paddling through the orange glow of the dawn on the River Ganges. Meet the people who live in villages little changed since the Middle Ages, and share chai with strangers. You'll explore the dramatic organised chaos of the grand cites of India, and ride the historic Grand Trunk Road. This is a two-year journey where every day really is an adventure.

©2007 Sam Manicom (P)2014 Sam Manicom

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    Roger Spackman Exeter, England 21/08/2014
    Roger Spackman Exeter, England 21/08/2014
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    "a great riding adventure."
    Would you listen to Under Asian Skies again? Why?

    Yes. It is great to hear Sams adventures and close calls and how he gets through them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under Asian Skies?

    Roding through India and problems with getting boat passage for his bike.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Manicom’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Into Africa... Both are really good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. I use Audio books while travelling on public transport.


    Any additional comments?

    Sam is a brilliant story teller who makes you feel like you are travelling with him. The fact he narrates his own books makes it more personal.

    While this is about a man riding his motorcycle the bike itself is only the vehicle. .. bit he metaphorically and literally and allows for the adventure.

    This book is great for both people who love bikes as well as those who have never been near one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    scott fergusson 21/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book "

    What great book I had to buy the other 3 books just to continue the story. ☺️

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jemo 18/01/2018
    Jemo 18/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "Decent account, badly cut"

    Decent account of what sounds like a great adventure. Badly let down by the way it is cut. Missing out on many a first, or more, word of a sentence, included in this is a terribly annoying pffht noise. So annoying was this noise and the terrible cut that I am giving up half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aircooled68 UK 06/12/2017
    Aircooled68 UK 06/12/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Another 5 star listen "

    Like the first book this was a must have, I'll be gutted when I've finished them all, buy it you won't regret it

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    Fiona Luck 20/11/2017
    Fiona Luck 20/11/2017
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    "What a ride"

    Everyday an Adventure has to be my favourite series in my library, if you have a passion for motorcycles or adventure then this is something I can wholeheartedly recommend.

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    Mr Mark s Jackson 08/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "I’m “on the road” as soon as it starts"

    I can be on a train, sitting in traffic, working in the garage... or even riding my R80GS, and Sam’s honest, heartfelt and often hilarious storytelling picks me up and drops me into an Asian Market, an Eastern Border crossing or just onto a different R80GS (Hi Libby!).

    Wonderful stuff!

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    edwin jenns 05/12/2016
    edwin jenns 05/12/2016
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    "Sam is a dangers nut job. 5/5 all day."

    this man will have you quitting your job and riding around the world in no time at all. a better inspiration and example would be hard to find.

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    sean 25/11/2016
    sean 25/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoughtful, well read, inspiring."

    This, much like Sam's other books was nicely paced and written in a very considered way. It does have a feel that it is part of a series but stands up very well by itself. It's transports your in your mind much further than the cost of the book spent on petrol would ever get you! Sam has a great reading voice and it's well recorded, so no annoying jumps in volume. If you are interested in learning about new cultures, life on the road as a traveler, adventure motorcycling, how to stay positive or how being patient then this is one for you. Only negative there are only three audio books available and the next one won't be ready until early next year. That means I will have to spend the next few month being patient.

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    Chris 29/09/2016
    Chris 29/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great listen"

    I Enjoyed this account of Sams travels through Asia and my purchase enables him to keep traveling then more power to his throttle.

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    TJ 03/05/2016
    TJ 03/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great Sam Manicom book"
    Would you listen to Under Asian Skies again? Why?

    Yes and I have done because there is so much to take in where Sam visits so many places


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything, Sam is a pleasure to listen to and the way he goes into such detail, I love the people he meets along the way too, I think one particular women means a lot to him.


    What does Sam Manicom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It's his voice and the detail he provides, he sounds so kind and genuine, he is the type of bloke you could sit and talk to for hours over a few beers.this would never come over in book format. And it's so great that he narrates his own books too. I have listened to other travel audiobooks like long way down and Long way round with Ewan and Charlie and they dont narrate themselves, it makes such a difference the hear the actual persons voice who had the adventure and wrote the book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really felt for Sam when he had his accident and didn't think he would ride again for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply brilliant just like his last book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jim Foreman
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    21/07/14
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    "A Bridge Between Humanity and Adventure. "

    Sam Manicom’s second book in his series of world travels is a triumph of storytelling.
    Continuing his journey from Africa to the Australian continent and then up through Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Sam weaves a tale leaving you wanting more.
    Fortunately, two more books make up this series.
    Journey with Sam as he narrates his tales and takes you on an intimate ride.
    Cheers!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • bkfist
    North Carolina, USA
    05/09/17
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    "Enjoyable book"

    Sam's writings and his narrative are both very enjoyable and easy to listen to. My only complaint is I'm running out of books in this series to listen to!

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  • Anonymous
    13/06/17
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    "Can't stop listening"

    Just as "Into Africa" this is another great listen you won't be disappointed. I love listening of Asia and Australia and this audio is no disappointment. I just couldn't stop listening to it and felt as if I was there with Sam on his adventure. Job well done Sam.

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  • Chris Bushnell
    26/11/16
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    "a delite listening to Sam & Libbey 's adventure"

    we very much enjoyed listening to Sam tell his adventure riding Libbey around Asia and all the people he met along the way. we ride so we understand that freedom z
    and joy of the open road
    . looking forward to reading more of his books soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    08/11/16
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    "An Armchair Passenger"
    What did you love best about Under Asian Skies?

    Sam Manicom has done a great job of bringing the geography and it's inhabitants alive through his thoughtful and precise use of language in this book. His patient descriptions of situations at some border crossings that were both confusing and disorganized were as entertaining as they were frustrating. It awakened every adventurous urge I have for exploration and motorcycle travel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under Asian Skies?

    Recovering his motorcyle from a shipping compound in India can only be described as a character building experience. Sam takes the reader on a brief detour of the actual trip, into the minds and quirky personalities of Indian authorities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each chapter is a colorful and humorous description of life on the road that Sam creates in our minds through wonderful stories, as he travels through each country.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Estoytaco
    08/08/16
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    "great book"

    Love it? yes! great detail great descriptions. It's a Rollercoaster ride and you are their in Sam's shoes as he rides!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ppaintguy
    13/07/16
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    "Very enjoyable"

    A very good glimpse into the everyday challenges that traveling through continents and subcontinent can present to a traveler regardless of the modes of transportation. A refreshing story that does not involve hype or needless drama. Just a very good story of a person that followed a dream and made the best out of what life presented him with along the way. Very enjoyable indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jay
    Tylertown, MS, United States
    26/04/16
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    "Excellent Adventure!"
    What did you love best about Under Asian Skies?

    I you are interested in travel this book is excellent. The author is the presenter and that adds a bit of reality to the story.

    Enjoy Sam on AAR Raw podcast


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan R.
    02/11/15
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    "Motorcycle overlanding"

    Loved this audio book. I found the travel adventure stories very entertaining. The authors voice and English charm comes through clearly. However, this type of travel is my dream. So I look at it with envious eyes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore John
    Brick, NJ
    02/10/15
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    "More about the destinations, less about the riding"
    Would you listen to Under Asian Skies again? Why?

    Maybe, just as a reminder.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors description of the riding and the environments he passed through


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As he neared is final destination entering Europe.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hard Roads, Hard Times, Good People.


    Any additional comments?

    A continuation of his previous title "Into Africa". This time his trip from Australia back to Europe. Thanks to this book, I have absolutely no desire to go to any of these countries. Regardless, the authors description of what he had to endure along the journey was captivating, the little bit of ride description he gave was good but wasn't enough. But listening to his trials, you felt for him and those like him who do such a journey. It reminds you of how lucky you are to live in a more civil, clean and morally acceptable place.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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