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  • Round Ireland with a Fridge

  • By: Tony Hawks
  • Narrated by: Tony Hawks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Whilst in Ireland for an International Song Competition, Tony Hawks was amazed to see a hitch-hiker, trying to thumb a lift, but with a fridge. This seemed amazingly optimistic - his Irish friends, however thought nothing of it at all. 'I had clearly arrived in a country', writes Tony, 'where the qualifications for 'eccentric' involved a great deal more than that to which I had become used'. Two years pass but the fridge incident haunts our author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the humour & humility

  • By Katie on 16-06-2016

Loved the humour & humility

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-2016

Great travel book, despite dating somewhat re technology and politics. Easy to listen to and well performed by the author.

Epilogue seems to be missing?

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 👌🏻 would recommend

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-06-2016

No ordinary love story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-2016

One of the themes in this book is very confronting and depending on your own life experiences, it may have quite an impact on you. You are not committing to just another love story. It's a little long and tedious at times but well worth it. Seems to finish rather abruptly.

  • Driven

  • Driven Series, Book 1
  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

In a world full of willing women, I'm a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He's the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor-thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Anna Vardaro on 06-08-2018

Long, but worthwhile

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-2016

More a contemporary romance than erotica, with a sprinkling of intimate scenes. Great character development of main characters, although I was left wondering a little about others. This is the first in a series of three books about one couple, so if you commit to this one, you really need to commit to all three, which is in excess of 40 hours in total. There's some pretty serious issues covered too, including details of child abuse, so be prepared. Could have told the story in half the time, but it's worth the journey.

  • Beneath Blossom Rain

  • Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World
  • By: Kevin Grange
  • Narrated by: Kevin Grange
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

In a remote kingdom hidden in the Himalayas, there is a trail said to be the toughest trek in the world—24 days, 216 miles, 11 mountain passes, and enough ghost stories to scare an exorcist. In 2007 Kevin Grange decided to acquaint himself with the country of Bhutan by taking on this infamous trail, the Snowman Trek. He was 33, at a turning point in life, and figured the best way to go when at a crossroad was up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good insight into the Snowman Trek

  • By Katie on 03-01-2016

Good insight into the Snowman Trek

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-2016

A great account of the world's toughest trek in the mountains of Bhutan. If you are planning on a trip to the land that measures Gross National Happiness, this is well worth a read/listen.

I've done a lot of group tours, including several multi-day hikes, and I found the group accounts somewhat amateur and annoying. Although the author had to do the trek in a group, and they were an integral part of the trek, in places the book felt like it was written for the group members as a momento of the trek, rather than for a broader audience. The author's voice is a little grating when listening to long sections, but his descriptions of the people he met and landscape are worth the perseverance.

And whatever happened to Ingrid?

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  • The Art of Free Travel

  • By: Patrick Jones, Meg Ulman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Jones, Meg Ulman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Patrick, Meg and their family had built a happy, sustainable life in regional Victoria. But in late 2013, they found themselves craving an adventure: a road trip. But theirs was a road trip with a difference. With Zephyr (10), Woody (1) and Zero, their Jack Russell, they set off on an epic 6,000km yearlong cycling journey along Australia’s east coast, from Daylesford to Cape York and back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intrepid eco family cycle the length of Australia

  • By Jacimac on 03-02-2017

Inspiring!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-2016

Any additional comments?

Even if you don't subscribe to the permaculture lifestyle of this family, this book will inspire you to make small changes to live more sustainably and be more in tune with the world. A great way to see part of this wonderful country.

  • On a Hoof and a Prayer

  • Around Argentina at a Gallop
  • By: Polly Evan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

At the age of 34, Polly Evans decides to fulfil a childhood dream – to learn how to ride a horse. So she goes to Argentina and saddles up among the gauchos! Overcoming battered limbs, Polly canters through Andean vineyards and gallops beneath snow-capped Patagonian peaks. This is the stampeding story of Polly’s journey from timorous equestrian novice to wildly whooping cowgirl. It’s a tale of ponies, painkillers and peregrinations – not just around present-day Argentina, but also into the country’s glorious and turbulent past.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Was expecting more

  • By Katie on 09-12-2015

Was expecting more

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2015

What disappointed you about On a Hoof and a Prayer?

I had the hard copy of this book sitting on my shelf for the past five years and was really looking forward to reading/listening to it. Having travelled to South America, I was expecting to relive some of my memories. Instead, the book was a very average travelogue that didn't really do more than account for a British woman's summer holiday abroad.

What could Polly Evan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Evan's occasional attempt at humour rarely hit the mark and she took way too long before she chronicled the history of Argentina. There was nothing really remarkable in what she did, to the point where I struggled to complete the book. It wasn't engaging, it felt like I was made to sit through a slide night for someone I didn't know and didn't really care about.

What character would you cut from On a Hoof and a Prayer?

The author. It appears Evan cut the horses already - despite the title, there's a lot of travel not done on the back of a horse.

  • Canoeing The Congo

  • First Source to Sea Descent of the Congo River
  • By: Phil Harwood
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Canoeing the Congo narrates the journey of Phil Harwood, who undertook an epic five-month solo attempt to canoe the Congo River in war-torn Central Africa. It was a historic 'first descent' from the true source in the highlands of Zambia. Just short of 3,000 miles long, the Congo River is the eighth longest in the world and the deepest river in the world, with a flow rate second only to the Amazon. Along the way, Phil encountered numerous waterfalls, huge rapids, man-eating crocodiles, hippos, aggressive snakes...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Picks up speed the further downriver you go

  • By Katie on 09-12-2015

Picks up speed the further downriver you go

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2015

What made the experience of listening to Canoeing The Congo the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the interactions between Phil and the local communities he passed through. The journey was remarkable and Phil's account of it was fascinating. I read Blood River a few years ago, and was disappointed to hear it dissed so much, but apart from that and the fact that it finished very abruptly, it was a very good read/listen.

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  • On the Trail of Genghis Khan

  • An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads
  • By: Tim Cope
  • Narrated by: Philip Rose
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Guided by a Kazakh aphorism - "To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes" - adventurer Tim Cope undertook a journey not successfully completed since the days of Genghis Khan: He traveled by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story, narration...eh.

  • By Jenny on 26-02-2015

Epic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2015

What did you like most about On the Trail of Genghis Khan?

A huge book for a huge journey. I thoroughly enjoyed Tim's adventure, but the book was a very lengthy tome and could have done with a little less in parts. That said, it felt like the last leg of his journey was rushed, as if to meet an editorial deadline. If you're into travel in far flung places, it's well worth the commitment.

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

Tim in an Aussie and I would have preferred to listen to an Aussie narration.

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  • Running with the Kenyans

  • By: Adharanand Finn
  • Narrated by: Paul Tyreman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up. Packing up his life he moved from Devon to Iten, in Kenya, to eat with, interview, sleep beside and - most importantly – run with, some of the greatest runners in the world. In the distance rests his dream, to join the best of the Kenyan athletes in an epic first marathon across the Kenyan plains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and told story of a runners dream.

  • By David on 25-10-2018

Great narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2015

Would you listen to Running with the Kenyans again? Why?

I'm not a runner but I enjoy travel books. You don't need to be a runner to enjoy this book, but I'm sure it would be an advantage.

The book was somewhat repetitive; could have done with a bit more editing. I enjoyed the races but would have liked a bit more about living in Kenya.

  • The Hotel on the Roof of the World

  • Five Years in Tibet
  • By: Alec Le Sueur
  • Narrated by: Steven Kynman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Few foreigners are lucky enough to set foot on Tibetan soil, but Alec Le Sueur spent five extraordinary years there, working in the unlikeliest Holiday Inn in the world. Against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas unfolds a highly amusing and enlightening account of his experiences. Fly infestations at state banquets, unexpected deliveries of live snakes, a predominance of yaks and everything yak-related, the unbelievable Miss Tibet competition, insurmountable communication problems and a dead guest are just some of the entertainments to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: High liklihood of laughing out loud

  • By Katie on 08-10-2015

Warning: High liklihood of laughing out loud

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-2015

Loved the stories. Le Sueur's adventure was hilarious and insightful. A great trip down memory lane; if only he had recounted the unusual nappies that toddlers wear with holes in the middle so they can squat wherever they need...