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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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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.

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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.

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Great day by day life on road stories... the world is a fantastic place ✊️

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nice

nice narration. Sam paints a good picture. Obviously this travel was in a totally different era and so not really relevant for the modern traveller. Fyi, it was not Mark twain who made the travel quote.

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Such a lovely book, and Sam’s voice is just perfect. Like Galaxy chocolate, smooth and gentle

Great story, very well read by the Author himself.

Looking forward to the next one

Thank you Sam for sharing your story with the world

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a must read!! treat the adventurer in you!

knowing so many of the regions that sam and birgit travel through it was a delight to live so many memories again, and see the same things though different eyes. It has been a sheer pleasure and i have purchased this title, its something i will be listening to again and again for many years to come!

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Excellent. To read even better on Audible

What a fantastic read , really takes you on the journey with him . Excellent Sam 😀

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love Sam Manicom

I have read and listened to all four of Sam's books and, having met him several times at various motorcycle shows, he is as nice as he seems. His books are honest, open, adventurous, scary in places when things didn't go according to plan... in this case, tailgating a bus on snowy roads in eastern Turkey... if you have any interest in travel or the rest of the world, try Sam Manicom. Beware though, the bug for travel may bite and it can be expensive.😉

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Dreaming of COVID

I was sat here in my home office looking at the collection of bags soft luggage tent and sleeping mats that share space with me, feeling a glum about getting fat sat here under Covid lockdown when decided to listen to Sam’s stories.
What a fantastic decision, traveling with Sam all be it vicariously through the audio book has been excellent. Descriptions of places people and incidents so well described create great mental images.
Thanks
Roger

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Sam's 2nd Book

Just as I thought another great listen from Sam. He starts of where his first book ends

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Very enjoyable.

A very enjoyable listen, a honest great story from the person involved. The BMW R100GS also gets praise deserved.

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  • Jim Foreman
  • 21-07-14

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!

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  • Darryl McDonald
  • 03-08-21

Felt Like I was Riding Along in India!

The print version of his stories in Asia were great, especially his ability to describe the sights, scents, and emotions he felt in India! Hearing Sam deliver the performance in his own voice provided a new wonderful experience of his journey. Highly recommended!

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  • Colin
  • 19-12-20

Great narrative, great ride

Well written and produced, Sam’s historical and cultural observations are brilliant and really give a sense of place to his travels.

It’s easy to imagine being with him and at the same time appreciate the challenges along the way!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-20

Wonderful story and adventure!

Listening to Sams audio book has me itching for my own adventure! How he reads it to listeners and the music he adds really helped me to imagine and immerse myself into his adventures! Great listen and and can’t wait to continue onto his next book.

10/10 will listen again and again!

Thanks again Sam for taking the time to create such wonderful content for us to enjoy and live vicariously through.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-20

Another excellent book

Went right from Into Africa to this. Another excellent book. I especially like the audio versions just to hear the stories told by the author!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-20

The author has given me itchy feet.

Looking for a bike. Would love a trip of my own.

Well written and performed.

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  • Justin
  • 04-06-20

Sam Manicom Is a Brilliant Storyteller

Sam Manicom's Under Asian Skies is an amazing story about an even more amazing adventure. Sam draws readers and listeners alike in with his immersive writing. Sam reads the book and hearing the emotion in his voice truly makes you feel like you are riding along. A bonus in this story is that we get to meet Birgit (she exists!). Well worth a read or a listen whether your a motorcycle traveler or just like reading memoirs. Fair warning though, you will be inspired!

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  • Jesse B
  • 18-10-19

Another winner!

Yet again, another wonderful read (listen) from Sam Manicom! The vomit bus had me rolling with laughter and near vomit with his impeccable description of events. That's merely one of many tales, each as great as the next!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-19

More enthralling tales from Sam read by himself

a continuation of Sam's amazing journey around the planet filled with detailed vignettes of characters met along the way, lessons in overlanding, and some tight scrapes for suspense factor. If you long to travel, and love motorcycles, or just want to ride pillion vicariously along, this is a great story. Having Sam read it is just icing on the cake. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Steve
  • 15-09-19

still inspirational

As always Sam makes me feel like hes telling me his story as its happening. I listened to this book while on my own bike ride and at times was more involved with his adventures then of my own. Excellent.