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Tracks Audiobook

Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback

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Publisher's Summary

"I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back." So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company. Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.

©1980, 2012 Robyn Davidson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Linda Finch 01/11/2016
    Linda Finch 01/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "how i remember the 70's"

    loved it. great narration, great story, great dog . Bloody hot in that red dirt country !

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    Peter 23/07/2016
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    "Interesting and insightful but a bit rambling"

    Interesting and insightful but a bit rambling. Particularly during first half before leaving Alice. Coherency of story, authors experience and journey easier to follow through second half.

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    Stephen 04/06/2016
    Stephen 04/06/2016
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    "From a unique time and place"

    This is my first audio book and I enjoyed listening to it, although it dragged on in parts because I can read faster. Great story for anyone interested in getting below the skin of the Australian outback.

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    Shane 02/12/2015
    Shane 02/12/2015 Member Since 2015

    An Australian with his blinkers off!

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    "This book will forever be in my top 5."

    I read Tracks 15 years ago and loved it. I love the way our country is spoken of wills me to leave the coast and see it for myself such that for once in my life I feel like a true Australian.

    I urge anyone who loves this wide brown land to pick up this book and read, learn & grow.


    Thanks Robyn.

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    FibreFay 02/12/2015
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    "A wonderful story of courage and self-discovery."

    What Robyn did to learn about training camels was astounding. The abuse and punishing routine made her a stronger person which enabled her to complete her goal of walking a group of camels across the centre of Australia to the sea on the west coast.

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    Lisa 16/07/2015
    Lisa 16/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic book"

    I absolutely loved this book. I cried, I laughed, and couldn't stop listening. What an amazing feat.

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    Kylie 03/07/2015
    Kylie 03/07/2015
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    "A great easy listen"

    A "page turner". I listened to this in 2 sittings. It was a great, unpretentious story and very easy to listen to.

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    Steven Ludmon 29/04/2015
    Steven Ludmon 29/04/2015
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    "Exceptional story"

    Words cannot express how moving and motivating Robyn's journey is.
    The audiobook is superb, I'm looking forward to listening again.

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    2/04/15
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    "1970s adventure across Australia - different times"

    Across Australia by camel, or more correctly from Alice springs to the Indian Ocean by camel. The first half of this book was, to me, difficult going. Robyn came across as someone unsure of herself, but adamant she was right in whatever that was. She wants a character that warranted sympathy in the troubles she faced ahead of making her journey.

    However, once the journey started, the transition from an insecure girl, unsure of her aim, to a determined adventurer, on her own terms, is palpable. It is also a story of making a journey in the public eye, one that she, in turns, detested and was dependent upon.

    This is not a book of modern day society, but one of the 1970s in Australia, a time of old fashioned morals and ideas, and Robyn is definitely at odds with many of these. Perhaps this is why she comes across in the early stages of the book as contrary and uncertain of why, why was she doing this.

    In her own words, the journey wouldn't be possible now, through many reasons not least modern controls and monitoring would get in the way.

    Two of Robyn's quotes, one personal to her, one that rings very true for me.

    “Camel trips do not begin or end, they merely change form”

    “We can all escape the limitations imposed upon us”

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David G
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    "Brilliant story of determination"

    I recently watched the film of the same name. I was entranced by the film and decided to listen to the Audible version of the book. Rarely do I find that films even get close to the original story written down in a book and once again this is true here. The film was good but the book is brilliant. Robyn Davidson is a tremendous writer and describes her struggles to organise her trip. She first had to learn how to handle the camels. She came across total charlatans who promised one thing then went back on their promises. Her description of her trip has you on the edge of your seat. The disasters - one in particular but I won't elaborate for fear of spooling the story - are beautifully documented. Her joy is obvious when things are going well. The kindness that she experiences. Her relationship with the National Geographic photographer who becomes an integral part if he book. All these things make this a terrific book to listen to. I don't know who narrates the story but she is very good too. I think you can tell that I really enjoyed this Audible book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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