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Jupiter's Travels

By: Ted Simon
Narrated by: Rupert Degas, Ted Simon
Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On October 6, 1973, Ted Simon knew there was no going back. He loaded up his 500cc Triumph Tiger in the pouring rain and said good-bye to London.

Over four years he rode 64,000 miles round the world. Breakdowns, revolutions, war, a spell in prison, and a Californian commune were all part of his experience, which was colored variously by utter despair and unimaginable joy. He was treated as a spy, a god, a welcome stranger, and a curiosity. The extraordinary trip became a journey into his own soul, and for many others - including the bikers Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor - it is a pure inspiration. Rupert Degas, "the most versatile of narrators" (The Times), captures all the thrills and spills of Simon's experience and the timeless charm.

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"[Narrator Rupert] Degas's accents for the various people Simon encounters add an extra dimension to the work, creating a vivid listening experience." (AudioFile)

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Great travel story.

Never got bored with this, being a motorcyclist I kept wondering if I would have what it takes to try that. Summary, perhaps then, but not now. But then who knows!!!

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Wow. Deep searching. A MUST LISTEN

I was toying with an adventure on a motorcycle and came across this deeply intelectule journey in the 1970s around the world. The journey which must have been a logistic challenge is well described but the other journey, the one in the mind is the one that blew my mind. Rupert Degas is now my favourite narrator as he performs accents beautifully.

Enough said. If you want to go on the two journeys, one on the road and one in the mind, this is a must.

Thanks Ted and Rupert.
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Awe-inspiring at its core

A simply amazing journey, documented so honestly. A must read for anyone at all interested in the world.

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  • Dan
  • Australia
  • 12-10-2018

fascinating read

great story, what an experience. the narration was excellent. recommended for all the frustrated travelleres tied to desks around the world.

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loved it!

absolutely loved it, had me hooked,a memorable book, narrator was too good, too many good moments to choose from.

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What an enviable journey

First continent had very detailed descriptions of activities, people, and geography- I followed it easily on a map. It was easy to understand the personal anguish and insecurity and the reader feels they are part of Ted’s journey.
Second continent is still descriptive but the detail starts to get glossed over when USA is entered. I felt at this stage the personal philosophy became too focussed on. I would have liked to understand why The Times seemed to abandon Ted, when the book was written he would have known what press he’d had.
The next two continents were sketchy and about people, little detail about conditions or geography. Then we go on quite a spiritual journey and it becomes the focus again. I wouldn’t go to Malaysia based on Ted’s experiences, and sadly India which should’ve been as colourful as Africa was glossed over and his desire to finish the journey was evident.
An enjoyable story but inconsistent.

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I was sad when it finished

A traveller myself I so related to Teds experience. It was like a porthole to a different places and times. The narrator was polished and skilled with accents. I intended to go on his journey again next time I listen to it, however I so wonder what he has done since and how this trip shaped the rest of his life both in good and not so ways. A pleasurable book that makes me wonder what my next adventure will be.

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Not as good as the hype surrounding it.

Truly a book long distance motorcyclists or travellers will be able to relate to. Started strongly, with the African chapters being the high points and to a lesser degree the initial Sth American legs.
For a multi year trip, the book gives the impression that the author 'rushed' through Australia, SE Asia and the Subcontinent. Maybe that was the case.

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Great narration

Detailed observations throughout and inspiring. Well worth the time to enjoy this original classic memoir

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Thoroughly enjoyed

A great story of travel in a time when this trip was possible. Kept my interest all the way through.

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  • john
  • 08-10-2015

It's a lot more than a story, a lot more!

I have read many travel books, but Ted Simon is the best. I simply loved it. I was in a state of shock and awe just listening to the best English writing I have ever come across. Ted you are fantastic!!

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  • Adam
  • 30-08-2016

The least adventurous adventure book

I typically love adventure travel books, but this one disappointed me. There were many times were the book grew dull and difficult to get through. Ted Simon spends more time writing about his deep thoughts than he does describing the journey and the places he visits. I loved long way down and long way round, which were inspired by Jupiters travels, because they were descriptive and made you feel like you were along for the ride. Ted Simon spends too much time with his own self contemplation and often comes off as whiny and wastes time describing things I don't care about. By the twentieth time he described a women's breasts, I started really losing interest. The performance though is spot on and very well done. I recommend Sam Mannicom's "Into Africa" as a better, more captivating alternative to this book.

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  • Joseph
  • 13-10-2015

Eloquently Written ~ Exquisitely Told

"In spite of wars and tourism and pictures by satellite, the world is just the same size it ever was. It is awesome to think how much of it I will never see. It is no trick to go round the world these days; you can pay a lot of money and fly round it nonstop in less than forty eight hours, but to know it, to smell it and feel it between your toes you have to crawl. There is no other way. Not flying, not floating. You have to stay on the ground and swallow the bugs as you go."
YES!!! If you've ever taken a road trip on a motorcycle, or have ever dreamt of doing so, you will absolutely love this book. Ted Simon has provided a written account in prose, using eloquent yet playful vocabulary. Rupert Degas does a wonderful job narrating Ted's work.
Ted's journey is so descriptive that a detailed picture forms in the mind, providing a transcendent experience.
I loved this book, and would highly recommend it for anyone interested in exotic journeys.

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  • Matthew
  • 01-10-2018

Meh, it was not what I anticipated

Not at all what I was expecting. The book is more of a lifestyle diary than a Long Way Round tale about the difficulties of traveling on a motorcycle. Too much about the ancillary parties and after-hours action than the riding, the bike and the difficulties. It's probably right up the alley for some, but it just was not my cup of tea.

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  • Jessica
  • 14-10-2016

Enjoyable

Two quotes from the book that I loved, "Was it an escape I was trying to turn into legend?" and, "Stifled by the boredom of it but with nothing useful to say to anyone."
There were times during this book that I was lost in the sensationalism and the colorful writing style. Traveling around the world alone for 4 years is an interesting topic and this book is worth a listen. I will admit it felt put on at times, not like a journal of the journey but like a novel but that did not detract from my enjoyment.

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  • Bill
  • 30-08-2016

When it was actually cool.

I first ran across this book in 2001, when I work at a bookstore that catered to Travelers.
This edition had Ted on his battered Triumph.
"Four Years Around the World on a Triumph"

I never picked it up to read but I often found myself staring at the cover wishing it was me. I knew at some point in my life I would read this book with the hopes of relating it to my own adventures...more importantly my own life.

15 years later, in the form of an MP3, that time came. Mr. Simon is a master of vivid and heartfelt description. His monumental journey has finally become a part of my imagination.

Thank you Jupiter.

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  • John Carnes
  • 03-03-2016

A timeless and unexpected treasure.

Having recently acquired a Triumph 800XCC, I've been seeking a book that would give me an introduction to what a potential journey-big or small might look like.
I must admit, I purposely avoided this book initially as I felt that surely, it would be dated. Without question, it is not. This book will stoke the inner fire of adventure for any motorcyclist.
It reenforces the dying concept of human interaction and the willingness to help and give to others without seeking anything in return.
I would highly recommend the audio version as the English accent of the narrator only adds validity to the story and it is quite easy and appealing to imagine it is the voice of Ted Simon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-2019

Amazing vocal performance to match a prolific work

The narration was fantastic- as Ted says in the foreword it is him reincarnated. Accents and great vocal acting render the folks met in Ted's travels in three dimensions. Looking forward to the next book!

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  • Andrew Shields
  • 11-07-2019

Wanderlust realized.

An amazing look at world travel in the 1970's. I would recommend this book to any one interested in real life adventure.

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  • Aaron A. Tyler
  • 11-07-2019

Excellent all around!

Absolutely the best adventure travel book! Worth listening to (or reading) twice. Ted Simon's story covers the wonderful variety of our world.

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  • michael newton
  • 29-11-2015

Excellent listen

Found it an interesting recollection of the journey trip was made in the 70s which made it an even more remarkable achievement with todays gps and communication advances it would not have many of the interesting situations faced

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  • michael d porteous
  • 01-11-2015

Excellent

I'm a biker. With dreams of riding around the world (it'll probably never happen!) but I live to hear about others adventures. This is not a story of a motorbike journey around the world. It is about a mans journey around the world, He just happens to have chosen a motorbike as his form of transport.
Very well written, and very well read.
I'll be listening to it again I'm sure.

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  • Stephen
  • 18-09-2019

An incredible story.<br />

Any motorcycle travellers life is incomplete without reading this book.
I've met Ted.
He is a true gentleman.

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  • Power Saver
  • 06-08-2019

Great Story Telling

Ted made a great journey, not a unique journey, but few can bring the journey to life the way he has in this book. Very enjoyable listen.

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  • RoadKingScot
  • 26-07-2019

Makes me want to travel further.

As a biker I've been meaning to read this for a while. I was expecting a great tale about how Ted's bike took on the world and how he managed to keep it going. I was expecting some great riding inspiration and motivation to just get out there and ride as far as you can.
Well, I got all of this and a hell of a lot more. The book was a splendid cultural analysis of Africa, South America, Australia and Asia in the mid 1970's. I loved how Ted just kept on going and how he managed to continually repair and rebuild his bike. I wasn't expecting Ted to have spent some time in jail as a suspected spy and I was surprised that he continued riding after that.
So, what am I left with? I'm left feeling that I've only just started exploring the world and I really need to get out there more. Would I be brave enough to go to all the placed Ted visited? No I wouldn't. I hope I can get to visit some of them though. I also hope that one day I can spot his Ted's bike in a museum somewhere.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-2019

A must read for any traveller

Such rich writing that made me feel like I was in the 500cc Triumph. Having done some traveling myself, the stories and particularly the thoughts resonated with me in a wonderful way.

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  • Mr S.J.Elford
  • 08-06-2019

An brilliant book held me enthralled for hours.

One of the most enthralling books of travel I have ever heard. I felt as if I was with the author throughout his journey. Exquisitely read, which fully enhanced the wonderfully detailed story.

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  • saxaholic
  • 14-03-2019

A wonderful ride.

A thrilling and fascinating journey, full of great observations, and thoughtful introspection. Brilliantly narrated too.

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  • George
  • 12-03-2019

An emotional rollercoaster

A truly excellent telling of an amazing journey. Ted gives (in my opinion) a fairly unbiased perspective as he travels around the planet.
The narrator did an fantastic job with all the accents and at times you feel Ted's emotions

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  • Liam
  • 15-01-2019

Terrific audio rendition

I’ve read the book and now I’ve heard the story. Top marks in the telling by Rupert and his plethora of voices. Ted’s journey takes on new life in this audiobook.