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"Just then, a train of thought rumbled into motion and a soft voice asked me a question. It was almost a whisper. ‘What are you doing here?’ it said. ‘You are building a career, Anna,’ came the reply from another more sinister voice. ‘But are you building a life?’ said the soft voice again. And for that I had no answer."

Disillusioned with corporate London life and with no previous experience as a long-distance cyclist, Anna decides to clamber atop a beautiful pink bicycle (named Boudica) and set out on an 11,000-mile journey on her own, through each and every state of the USA. Dodging floods, blizzards and electrical storms, she pedals side by side with mustangs of the Wild West, through towering redwood forests, past the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains and on to the volcanos of Hawaii. 

Along the way, she meets record-breaking grandmas, sings with Al Green at a gospel service, and does her best to avoid becoming a grizzly bear's dinner. 50 Shades of the USA is a down-to-earth, heartfelt, and hilarious account of an adventure through a country well-known, but far less well-understood. It is a stunning tale of self-discovery told through the eyes of a woman who couldn't help but wonder if there was more to life, and more to America, too.

©2018 Anna McNuff (P)2020 Anna McNuff

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Inspiring adventure full of humour

Anna's book is inspiring and makes you want to get a bike out and go ride, go explore and go meet new people. The book is also very well written and Anna's humour and storytelling ability make it an even greater read

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Love Love Love

Had so much fun listening to Anna's travels through USA. - some great, some not so great, but Anna made it. I felt like I was there too, except Anna did all the hard work. A wonderful story of an amazing journey.

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Great story telling!

Great story, great story telling. An amusing lighthearted listen for my runs. Would recommend this

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wow.... what adventure!!

listened to the other 2 books and couldnt wait any longer to get on this adventure too. love the voices that Anna put on and her quirky way of telling the story. Felt like I was on the adventure too. looking forward to the next one.

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I missed Anna!

I bought this book on top of my monthly credit (unheard of!) because I finished Pants of Perspective, missed Anna and couldn’t wait! So engaging, entertaining, inspiring and real. Anyhoo, off to listen to Llama Drama :)

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Adored it

As always Anna delivers an epic tale! Loved it heaps! a real feel good book and inspiring

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Awsome McNuffiness

This is my second Anna McNuff book I read her awesome New Zealand adventure first and fell in love.This book to took me on a journey I often listened whilst riding my own bike and the I felt I was cycling along side her. She made me laugh so hard with her British sense of humour. Most of all though yet again I am inspired to start my own adventure and never stop. Go Anna can’t wait for the next book ❤️

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  • Mamacat
  • 16-05-2020

Plucky British Chick Faces Certain Death: Lives!

This is ONE case where the author reads the book and the audio is BETTER because of it! Part travelogue, part comedy, part philosophical musings, filled with a plethora of colorful characters and harrowing escapades told by the most enthusiastic adventurer since Dory from "Finding Nemo," and you've got a fantastic romp that will leave you in stitches while pondering your daily grind wondering when you should take up your own adventure! Brava! Listen NOW!!!

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  • TONYA
  • 12-05-2020

Absolutely Wonderful, All Around!

Thank you Anna! I loved your story and your reading of it!! I will now always hear your voice in my head when planning for adventures!!!

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  • Matthew Allen Koehler
  • 23-04-2020

Great narrative about an epic adventure

A ride like this is on my bucket list and it was a pleasure to read about another person's experience taking on the challenge, and a Brit, no less!. As an American, I always find non-American perspectives on America fascinating, especially if that person spends some quality time WITH Americans, not just IN America. I loved the experiences Anna chose to write about, but would have loved even more of them, each one a story among itself for sure. Good on you Anna for narrating the book too. As a soon-to-be independently published author, I look forward to supporting another one like Anna here and reading her other books.

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  • HikerGirl
  • 21-11-2020

Truly Inspiring

Such a great read! Anna has such a way of looking at life and living it too! So fun and I will be reading all her books over and over again.

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  • Lisa
  • 25-09-2020

Love her personality which shines

So glad to see this finally in audio book form. Really enjoyed the pants of perspective, and this delivered humor and inspiration as well!

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  • KN
  • 22-09-2020

Love the Ride

I listened to this throughout a month cycling challenge. I finished the book before I finished my ride, and just wanted more. Loved the stories, the details, and the emotions that the author brought to the table.

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  • S. Winchester
  • 14-09-2020

Warning- will give you wanderlust!

Fantastic book! When I finished I really wanted to quit my job and travel around the country! Anna is funny, charming and real. She gives you a birds eye view of what it's like to travel through our country with fresh eyes. I was a little sad that my state was just a footnote (Pa) but I loved hearing about all the amazing places she saw.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-2020

Delightful

Anna reading the book herself brought an extra level of joy and humour to the book. I can imagine how engaging her school talks were along the way. I felt like we could be friends with her quirkiness and enthusiasm. The book is an epic adventure story, but is much richer and deeper through the relationships she builds with the communities she visits and weaves into her tale. I only wish her journey through the South and New England wouldn't have been so rushed (no fault of the writing, just how the timeline played out). I loved the outsider's look at the everyday people who make up the the US.

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  • pink fluff
  • 26-08-2020

So great!!

I laughed so hard with all of Anna’s adventures!! Loved this book so much!! Thanks for sharing your story with us Anna!!!!

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  • Lois Smith
  • 16-08-2020

LOVED it!

fascinating from start to finish. looking forward to more of Anna's adventures. felt like I was riding with her

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  • Kellie
  • 20-11-2020

really great book

awesome and inspiring, nearly made me want to get on a bike. absolutely love you Anna. long may you adventure continue!

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  • Rachelle Zijlstra
  • 04-11-2020

Best Audiobook so far

I absolutely love this book! I came across Anna McNuff by accident, while buying a different book. The fact that Anna publishes her own books intrigued me. Well I’m so glad I discovered her. This book has it all: adventure, emotion, determination and the story is told with such a great sense of humour! No wonder Anna has won Amazon’s Storyteller award!

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  • Nicole Henze
  • 02-11-2020

Awsome book!

Loved the narrator's intusiastic story telling. Inspirational story, uplifting interesting, witty and funny. Great book about the USA, cycling, people and the lover for life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-10-2020

a glorious adventure

I loved every second of this audio book. Annas descriptive writing transported me alongside her on her journey and her natation was superb so full of joy and excitement. I can't wait to listen to the next book.

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  • Sarah
  • 12-10-2020

What an adventure

Following Anna’s cycling adventures through the 50 states in all weather. Well written and brilliant performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-2020

Truly inspiring adventure!!

Wow, what a brave and inspiring young woman Anna is. certainly a book I'm going to get my daughter to listen to.

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  • Becky
  • 01-10-2020

Truly enjoyed

An inspiration journey that keeps you hooked till the end. Showing how you must follow your dreams, get out there and do more of what sets you alight!

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  • Judith
  • 23-09-2020

Loved it, inspiring, interesting

I'm a Mum of a newborn baby, for me it was pure escapism to listen to the story and journey, thank you.

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  • Ms Claire L Thorley
  • 16-09-2020

Exhilarating Read

I absolutely loved this book, I've actually started to read in her wonderful style. She really has a talent for captivating you. In my low days Anna never fails to motivate me back to happiness. Love you Anna, off to read Llama drama xx

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  • HappyCatt
  • 12-09-2020

Absolutely enthralling

Thank you Anna for sharing your story! Love it. In fact the pigeon is en route!!! H

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