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A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny.

Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'it seemed like a great idea’. Sam Manicom had only planned to take a temporary break from his successful retail career, but the one-year ride was so life-changing that he continued adventuring around the world for another seven years, covering 55 countries and 200,000 miles. Sam had no idea how liberating motorcycle travel would be. Revelling in a new-found freedom without timetables or routines, he became fascinated by his ability to explore side roads at a whim and reach remote parts of the continent that many travellers never find. Though Africa is just 5,000 miles from top to toe, Sam explored over 22,000 miles on every kind of road imaginable.

Narrated by Sam, ride with him as he describes Africa's amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape his destiny. This is a genuine tale of the unexpected.

©2008 Sam Manicom (P)2012 Sam Manicom

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At first I was apprehensive to say the least, this was the first audio book of this type i had listened to and wasn't sure i'd make it though the day by day run through of ' here i am, heres what i'm seeing' but boy was i wrong!. Sam's stories are so engaging and well written that you're so quickly drawn into the story it's hard not to start thinking you're along for the ride with him. So much more than just a motorbike story, this is very much a story about people and experiences with the human spirit. The fact that Sam tells teh story in his own words and voice just adds to the experience. Well work a listen and highly recommended.

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Fantastic adventure story!

You don't need to ride a motorbike to enjoy listening to Sam's amazing adventure through Africa. I was engaged from start to finish and Sam's description of the African landscapes, people, culture, sights and smells made me feel like I was there too and Sam's voice is very easy to listen to. I had never contemplated a trip to Africa before but now, having heard Sam's adventure, I'm much more likely to do so. Thanks Sam. I'm very much looking forward to listening to the next book in this adventure series!

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Awesome

This book has everything that is needed for an adventure I recommend it well worth a listen

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What a Grand Adventure!

Wonderful adventuring right on the edge! He brings Africa alive to the reader. Enjoyed it so much. Love that it is read by the author too

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Brilliant

These books do make you want to get out there and travel. Well done Sam

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  • Scooterboy
  • 09-12-2015

Amazing tales.

Having spent over 5 years in Africa working at various U. S. Embassies, this audio book stuck a heart felt cord with me. Sam's descriptive abilities puts you right into the adventure and I can vouch for his accuracy. This story is not about motorcycles, but shows what the real Africa is like, which can only be experienced by motorcycle. Read or hear this book. You will be enlightened.

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  • Paul V Hoffman
  • 31-05-2017

Living a Dream

Would you consider the audio edition of Into Africa to be better than the print version?

I very much enjoyed the print version. The audio version which is in fact narrated by the author gave me the feel of a friend telling me a story of far off travels and the good and bad that can be experienced on such a journey.

What other book might you compare Into Africa to and why?

Ted Simon's Jupiter's Travels is similar in that it is adventure travel by motorcycle.

Have you listened to any of Sam Manicom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first and I thought is was fantastic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, this would be a great way to spend a relaxing day. I really like the way the narration gives a bit of a pause (musically) between chapters. It gave me a feel for the cultural adventure which lay ahead.

Any additional comments?

For anyone who has ever considered dropping everything and traveling the world. This book will give you the feel and flavor for such an adventure and the reality of what such an adventure could entail.

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  • TDeck
  • 02-11-2017

An exceptional vicarious adventure

Into Africa is a brilliant tale told by the author himself. The sense of adventure is sharpened by hearing it told by the same individual who experienced it. You can sense how the trip effected him on a personal level, as I'm sure it would have effected virtually all of us. The crackling sound of a campfire would have made you believe you were there, with him, hearing the stories first hand.
Exceptional descriptions paint a picture of these strange and exotic locations. The listener feels themselves being transformed by the adventure, and comes away with a new perspective on this remarkable continent. I truly enjoyed the audio format of this great book. For those who have not been able to travel far and wide, sit back and enjoy taking part in a fantastic adventure to another world.
Well done Mr Manicom!

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  • kacey elkins
  • 29-09-2017

great story!

I met Sam at the AIMExpo and after meeting him I had to hear more of his story and it did not disappoint, THIS Book will make you want to get out on your own rideing adventure! cant wait to listen to the rest of his books .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-2020

Thoroughly enjoy listening too...

I truly enjoyed this audio book, Sam has a great way of painting a vivid picture and feeling for the listener. 10/10 will read/listen to this book as well as give Sams other books a listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-2020

Captivating

Most captivating Audible listen to date. Immediately started Under Asian Skies as soon as it ended. I'm sure I will continue until I finish all of Sam's work!

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  • Mike K.
  • 28-12-2019

I felt like I was there!

A perfect combination of travel journalism, cultural insight, and motorcycle mishaps. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to take a trip through Africa during the upheaval of the 90’s, and in many senses I’m glad it was the author and not me! A great listen, and very well done. It has me really looking forward for my next bike trip.

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  • Steve
  • 12-09-2019

inspirational

Much better hearing it from the one who experienced it. I felt as if he were telling the story for the first time.

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  • 匿名
  • 22-07-2019

Fueling the desire

This book merely serves to fuel my desire to travel Africa by motorcycle. Specifically, on my Africa Twin. What an outstanding read (listen)! Sam brings life and excitement to his book with his narration. I finished this, and the next week I had the great fortune of meeting Mr. Manicom in person at Overland Expo West 2019. I’ve listened to him on a podcast for some time and always thought him to be a stand-up guy so like a teenage fanboy, when I recognized him I ran to shake his hand. He truly is as kind in person as he appears in book and podcast. I look forward to hearing more from Sam in the future!

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  • James R. Wilday
  • 20-03-2019

Love This Book

Sam, thank you for the journey. I took solace in the fact that, since you were reading the book to me, you made it through Africa in one piece. But there were many points when I wasn’t sure you would. That said, you (and Libby) brought the magic of Africa and it’s peoples to life in a powerful way.

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  • Roger Spackman
  • 21-08-2014

A mad choice leads to a brilliant adventure!

Would you listen to Into Africa again? Why?

Definitely, I have read the book and was pleased to hear it in Sam ' s own words.

What other book might you compare Into Africa to, and why?

I don't generally read travel books, they aren't my thing so can only be compared to Sam ' s other works... of which Under Asian Skies is the only one available on audio book yet.... I seriously encourage him to publish the others in audio format.

What about Sam Manicom’s performance did you like?

It is very personal and makes you feel like you are with him... His written work does this too... but hearing his voice makes it work even better.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As a biker myself I have to laugh at some of the rookie mistakes I remember making myself... but in Sam ' s case he did it on a.mad adventure for a rookie to take on. RESPECT!

I believe his insight into culture is also important as there are many misconceptions in the western world that he puts right.

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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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  • Graham
  • 15-12-2012

Excellent

Really enjoyable. Excellent narration. Please can we have more audible books from Sam Manicom

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  • John Brogan
  • 26-07-2020

very interesting insight into Africa

interesting stories and insights into Africa. very well written by a first time author that got into lots of adventures

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  • MR P.
  • 14-05-2020

Great listening while in Lockdown 2020

Have been waiting for the opportunity to listen for ages, found lockdown and working from home to be that perfect time, great insight to Africa and nice to be narrated by Sam. Looking forward to his next Audio book which I have already downloaded.

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  • Paulplex
  • 24-02-2018

makes me want to pass my motorcycle test!

Great book: but the editing is a problem - with subtle background hiss cutting to absolute silence frequently, which breaks up the flow of the narrative. Still, the story was good and the reading by the author superb.

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  • Fiona Luck
  • 20-11-2017

What a ride

Everyday an Adventure has to be my favourite series in my library, if you have a passion for motorcycles or adventure then this is something I can wholeheartedly recommend.

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  • A. Ritchie
  • 05-01-2015

A real motorcycle adventure

What did you like most about Into Africa?

I listened to this book whilst on my own motorcycle adventure, riding across Canada on dirt roads. I was constantly nodding in agreement with the experiences Sam was writing about.

What does Sam Manicom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Reading a book can be rather abstract, you never know whether the author is stretching the truth. By reading the book himself, feel a real connection to his experiences on the road.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Sam talks about having an guardian angel watching over him and how even some of the worst events resulted in unexpected experiences. This resonated very strong with my own experiences on the road.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this as essential material for anyone considering an adventure... or any armchair adventurers that wants to get a real feel of life on the road.

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  • Martin
  • 28-11-2014

One of the best motorcycle travel books

Where does Into Africa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What did you like best about this story?

he did what most would love to do and tells it so it makes you want to do it

What does Sam Manicom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Have read all the books but audio seems to make it more real

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Different emotions , you cannot help but feel them

Any additional comments?

Sams voice is perfect for the audio book , if he needs another job he could make a good living out of telling other peoples stories

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  • 匿名
  • 04-09-2020

so so

it's grand not the best not the worst ...dulll in places wudnt sit to read it as a book but ok for something to trow on in car when driving

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  • P.watson
  • 26-08-2020

A good listen

I thought I would give Sam a listen and try his first book half way through I was searching for his other books to download, he makes you think you're travelling with him.

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