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Walking the Himalayas

Narrated by: Levison Wood
Length: 8 hrs
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Summary

Winner of the Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book of the Year 2016.

From the best-selling author of Walking the Nile, explorer Levison Wood begins his next challenging adventure - walking the length of the Himalayas.

Levison Wood's most challenging expedition yet begins along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan and travels through five countries. Following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison walks the entire length of the Himalayas in an adventure of survival and endurance.

A personal story of discovery, Levison forges strong bonds with local guides, porters, mountain men, soldiers, farmers, smugglers and shepherds. By travelling on foot, and following the same footpaths that locals use, he uncovers stories that might otherwise remain hidden. Along the way he also reveals the history of the Himalayas and two millennia of exploration, and examines a continent in crisis in the 21st century.

Packed with action and emotion, more than anything Walking the Himalayas is a story of personal adventure and striving beyond the limits of convention.

©2016 Levison Wood (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic reviews

"Bestselling author of Walking the Nile Levison Wood is "bewildered" by being called a sex symbol, as a death-defying trek through the Himalayas is set to have fans' pulses racing." ( Daily Mail)
"Britain's best-loved adventurer... he looks like a man who will stare danger in the face and soak up a lot of pain without complaint." ( The Times)

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Grrrreattt audio book

Got this book the hear about the Himalayas but got so much more. The story was fascinating and the author was a superb reader making my daily commute to work and back very enjoyable. Loved it!

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Even better than the TV series!

A funny, compelling and beautifully descriptive story of an awe inspiring expedition! Informative and inspirational.

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brilliant

Whether you have been to the Himalaya or not, this will certainly make you want to head there. It brought back many memories for me and has me excited to venture wider and further into its raw beauty.

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Lev has a great spirit

Listened to the whole thing in less than two days!

I would recommend watching the TV show before this..

The urgency in the narration needs to be more select, the mundane parts of the journey feel a bit too epic and in turn takes away from the epic events!

Defo worth it. I've bought the book, also.

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Crap

50 years ago this book would have had a captive audience. Self indulgent Indiana Jones wannabe....we’ve all travelled before so this just doesn’t keep your interest....like a backpacker on return home having a slideshow evening for his friends. Wasted purchase.

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Fantastic story

Great story, full of a nice anecdotes and very well written. Really enjoyed this book and motivated myself to travel this part of the world.

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Very good listen

Very good listen. really enjoyable. Will definitely give some of his other adventures a listen in the near future.

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  • 22-04-19

well written

good interplay between past and recent past and dialogue. excellwnt writing. best book so far.

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amazing and exciting

this book is amazing and inspiring to say the least

can't wait for more of his books

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Excellent travel writing.

As usual Levison demonstrates his ability to describe his adventure with some panash and lucid moments that should live in the memory. "It's not about the getting there but about the people I've met along the way" and "if you can just appreciate breathing" sums up for me why his travel writing is amongst the best.

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  • 08-03-20

Pure Adventure

Very exciting trip. Never stop walking. On to Arabia for the next tale. Then who knows

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-02-20

Great Adventure Read

I really enjoyed looking up the cities along his journey to enhance the visual experience.

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  • alan hosch
  • 28-02-20

Fascinating.

Excellent performance; it's a fascinating study of cultures and of the universality of man. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-10-19

Loved it!

Had it's funny and heart stopping moments, and everything in between. Makes you fall in love with the Himalayas even more.

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  • Damian Murphy
  • 26-07-19

Inspiring book

Levison has a grasp of language quite like no one else I have ever listened to or read. Dry English wit, a great story and a lovely pace and flow to the whole thing. Wonderfully written and the fact that Levison Wood narrated it himself made it that much better.