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Walking the Americas

Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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Sunday Times top 10 best seller by the author of Walking the Himalayas, winner of the 2016 Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book of the Year award.

Walking the Americas chronicles Levison Wood's 1,800 mile trek along the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia, experiencing some of the world's most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable places.

His journey took him from violent and dangerous cities to ancient Mayan ruins lying still unexplored in the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala. He encountered members of indigenous tribes, migrants heading towards the US border and proud Nicaraguan revolutionaries on his travels, where at the end of it all, he attempted to cross one of the most impenetrable borders on earth: the Darien Gap route from Panama into South America. This trek required every ounce of Levison Wood's guile, tact, strength and resilience in one of the rawest, most real and most exciting journeys of his life.

©2017 Levison Wood (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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  • chris
  • 29-06-2017

its a gem just buy it so he can make more

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  • Ben
  • 26-06-2017

Does not disappoint

If you've enjoyed Levison's Nile and Himalayan escapades, this latest travelogue will not disappoint. It is well written and carries with it a prose from someone who is not just passing through the land, but taking it in too.

Many will come to this audiobook after seeing the series on television and as with Lev's other two exploits, the audiobook of his travels in Central America will leave you with far more detail and insight into his journey, than was ever seen on screen.

Lev's ability through preparation and bloody-mindedness, often shows us that even in this world of internet, satellites and cheap, global travel, a long slog through the wilderness is not that much different to that experienced by the explorers of old.

In short, it just goes to show that it is still possible to launch an expedition through untamed places and when one does come across large, modern settlements, one can still experience a culture shock... in reverse.

Ben Waddams

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  • Jigsey
  • 15-09-2019

Another great book

Absolutely riveting from start to finish by Sir levison wood..

I found myself walking further while listening to this audio book

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  • wILL
  • 11-09-2019

As expected - awesome!

Levinson Wood - say no more. If you know his name, then you know what he does. Would love to meet this bloke for a pint. He genuinely seems like such a nice guy, and in my opinion our greatest modern day explorer. Keep doing what you do Lev, you are an inspiration to us all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-2019

Another travel gem from Levison Wood

This book is another travel gem from Levison Wood. It's my third book of his this year and I will be onto the next straight away.

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  • Bradley
  • 07-08-2018

Fantastic Adventure

A great listen however the narration of "Eastern Horizons" was better but a great story none the less!

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  • Stephen Burridge
  • 18-05-2018

insightful

well delivered, insightful and information listen. good narrative and plenty to keep the listener listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-2018

Travel Writing at it’s Best

My second Levison Wood read/listen. It didn’t disappoint! A great blend of humour, surprise, knowledgeable history and a fascinating insight into an interesting chain of countries.

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  • mr d g hockley
  • 13-11-2017

Why didn’t the author narrate?

If I had realised Levison wasn’t the narrator I wouldn’t have purchased this. I enjoyed his narration on a previous book but this just loses son

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  • ttbko
  • 07-01-2018

it needs the pictures<br />

Having watched this on TV, I thought it was a little short on script. this is very short on images.

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  • Tri Jules
  • 14-10-2017

A great story but I couldn’t warm to the narrator

This is an excellent story of an epic journey. I had seen the television series narrated by the author and really enjoyed it. I was looking forward to the audio book.

I found the narration disappointing. Levison Wood has a distinctive voice that works very well and it sounded like Barnaby was trying to do an impression of him. It just didn’t work for me.

I still listened to the whole book and found it enjoyable but just wish the narrator had either been Levison or the chap that did the Nile book.

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