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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, Popular Non-Fiction Award, 2008.

Eighteen countries. Five shock absorbers. Two bikers. One amazing adventure.

After their fantastic trip round the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn't shake the travel bug. Inspired by their UNICEF visits to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth.

Joining up once more with producer/directors Russ Malkin and David Alexanian and the Long Way Round team, and with two new BMWs loaded up for the trip, their route took them from John O'Groats at the northernmost tip of Scotland to Cape Agulhas on the southernmost tip of South Africa.

Riding though spectacular scenery, often in extreme temperatures, Ewan and Charley faced their hardest challenges yet. With their trademark humour and honesty, they tell their story: the drama, the dangers, and the sheer exhilaration of riding together again, though a continent filled with magic and wonder.

©2007 Long Way Round Ltd (P)2007 Hachette Audio

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  • Tauriainen A.
  • 05-06-2017

Had a bit too high expectations on this one

Expected this book to give more indepth view than tv-series but it ended up being quite lame. The narrator of Ewans part has much stronger scottish accent than Ewan. And for someone not familiar to listening scottish it is annoyingly difficult to follow.

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  • Jason WD
  • 24-06-2014

Don't Bother

What disappointed you about Long Way Down?

The foundation of the book is that Charley and Ewan wanted to go on another long trip with as little hassle as possible whilst earning as much from merchandise as possible. This book is one of the parts of that story, but it feels like an aside, rather than a book in itself.

If you have seen the series don't bother with the book; there is very very little more in them (both of the series)

What do you think your next listen will be?

Is that thing diesel

What three words best describe Mark Bonnar and Rupert Degas ’s voice?

I'm not sure who is who, but I am afraid to say that the english bloke did a much better Ewan than the scot.

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  • Russ
  • 05-12-2012

Missing the novelty of Long Way Around

This audiobook while done by the same voice actors as in the Long Way Round, doesn't quite capture the excitement and novelty of the first audiobook. It may very well be that the journey WAS completely different, but it definitely didn't seem to have the detail of experience of the first book.

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  • Stephen
  • 06-06-2008

A light boys book - but an annoying voice

Having watched the series I decided to listen to the book. The narrative is great and broadly follows the TV version but has some nice insights into the detail that would not do well on TV.

The thing that drives you mad are the heavilly accented voices. The narrators are split to represent Ewan and Charlie with some awful heavy hollywood scottish voice for Ewan. After a while it really gets on your nerves and spoils an otherwise enjoyable boys book

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  • George
  • 11-01-2018

Too short!

it managed to condense Africa into about 2 hours . having seen the long way down and long way round I feel both books are far too short however the content within is enjoyable

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  • Colm Mansfield
  • 14-07-2020

Enjoyable but leaves something to be desired

Good book overall. Wouldn’t rush to listen again, although give how short it is could easily do it in a day or two. Loved the book for Long Way Round and was excited to move onto this one, but unfortunately it did not quite live up to the hype. Even though it was a shorter trip it didn’t seem to have the same detail of the previous offering. Distinctly felt like a quick what we did on our holiday rather than the more rounded experience Long Way Round was. Performances were improved from the previous book. Actor for Ewan no longer sounds like Taggart but still jarring when during brief conversation bits actor for Charlie does a better Ewan that the guy playing Ewan.

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  • Karen Currie
  • 02-02-2020

Great way to pass the time when on a long journey!

Well worth a listen - more detail than the tv version - thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • david brown
  • 28-10-2019

A great story, well read.

I really enjoyed listening to this as my first audio book. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was well read.

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  • Thomas Ley
  • 25-08-2019

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A decent listen. short compared to long way round but still worth a listen. .

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  • Mr M W Fluke
  • 11-06-2019

Political

Found the book to focus more on the political side of travelling through Africa and less on the actual riding and the trip etc. Not as good as the long way round.

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  • jonathan tompson
  • 09-10-2018

Doesn’t quite compare.

Long Way Round was truly inspiring, and you had a palpable sense of the spirit of adventure. Understandably this second trip (albeit a fine achievement) is a bit underwhelming in comparison and at times comes across as a heavily managed extended holiday. If read in isolation it’s a fair listen but if you only read one ‘Long Way’ the first is much more engaging.

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  • Peter
  • 30-08-2018

Very enjoyable.

A nice story and well read. I wish this had been thd fill version and not the abridged one... there's obviously bits missing, but it didn't spoil the book.

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  • Ian Tweedie
  • 15-08-2018

A good series adapted well.

I loved the journey and am never able to really get into reading the book. However, this has captured all of the interest I had origianally from the show.

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