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Billy Connolly's Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip [TV Tie-In] [Hardcover]

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15 Sep 2011
Britain's best loved comedian hits the most famous highway in the world on an unforgettable journey.

Billy Connolly, music-lover, biker, and scourge of the beige and the bland the world over, has dreamed about taking a trip on the legendary Route 66 since he first heard Chuck Berry belting out one of the greatest rock n roll records of all time. And now he's finally had the chance to do it, heading out on his custom-made trike in search of the real America that can still be found beyond the nation's freeways.

Travelling every one of its 2,278 miles from the skyscrapers of Chicago to Santa Monica Pier in California, Billy's journey takes him past many of the essential icons of the United States: the Gateway Arch in St Louis, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, and the funky neon-lit gas stations and diners that once lined the route. But it also gives him the chance to get to know the people who call it home, from Mervin the Amish carpenter, to fellow banjo enthusiast and obsessive instrument collector Rob, to Angel, one of the many people determined to keep the spirit of the Mother Road alive. Funny, touching and inspiring in equal measure, the tales he gathers on the way tell the story of modern America. And they might inspire a few people to get on their bikes as well.

With his unrivalled instinct for a good story, and the infectious enthusiasm that has made him our most engaging national treasure, Billy Connolly is the ultimate guide to the ultimate road trip.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847445217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847445216
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* The tie-in to a major ITV 1 series in which the Big Yin takes the ultimate road trip. * A classic combination of travel, humour, music, and modern American history.

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Britain's best-loved comedian hits the most famous highway in the world on an unforgettable journey.

Billy Connolly, music-lover, biker, and scourge of the beige and bland the world over, has dreamed about taking a trip on the legendary Route 66 since he heard Chuck Berry belting out one of the greatest rock 'n' roll records of all time. And now he's finally had the chance to do it, travelling every mile on his custom-made trike in search of the real America that can still be found beyond the nation's freeways.

Taking in both the essential icons and the hidden gems of the 'Mother Road', Billy also meets up with plenty of the memorable characters who call it home along the way. With his unrivalled instinct for a good story, and the infectious enthusiasm that has made him our most engaging national treasure, Billy Connolly is the ultimate guide to the ultimate road trip.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A road that lost it's drive. 17 July 2012
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I have always enjoyed The Big Yun in whatever form....but...it was with reasonable expectation that I began to read this book.Billy started of well but became more pompous than usual and seem to wander about a lot without making Route 66 live,it mainly existed..
I finished it but was close a couple of times to giving it up saying "who cares"
I'm glad I read it but wouldn't rush to lend it to my friends.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real america for me. 12 Oct 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
As a fan of Billy Connolly, I was glued to the TV series so when I heard that the book accompanying it was on its way, I signed up straight away so that I could relive the ride with one of my favourite comedian's. Whilst I wasn't enamoured with the previous book this one felt more like the Billy Connolly I knew from his shows, with his witty observations, his sense of fun and of course the chance to travel one of the most famous roads in the world without having to pay astronomical holiday fares.

All in, its fun, it has a great sense of humour and for me it was chance to see the real America over the Hollywood representation/invention that is becoming taken as fact rather than the myth to which it is. Add to this some great photographs, a step by step guide and a wonderful journey all round.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well and then ran out of steam 10 Feb 2013
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I bought this book for an upcoming visit to USA during which we will be taking Route 66 from Chicago to St Louis. Fortunately for us about 50% of the book covers this section. After St Louis he starts to run out of things to see/do that the average Joe would also be able to see/do. At times he is a bit pompous and condescending and the last 3rd of book is very weak and ends in a bit of a whimper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good... 15 Jan 2013
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This was an easy read for sure and contained some useful information that wetted my appetite for travelling down Route 66 later this year.

The trouble was, Billy Conolly (who I like as a comic), tended to waffle on about people he'd met and who I will almost certainly not meet enroute. I think he could have used the time and space talking more about the things I will see and which he didn't. It was interesting to read the waffle, but in a relatively short book I didnt think there was the space for it.

So, although the book was an interesting read and contained a few tips, there was an awful lot of the 400 pages that contained nothing that will benefit me on my drive. He was quite clearly privileged in some of the things he was able to do as well, so the trip to a medicine man or going on a turkey shoot I'd never be able to do, nor could I afford the $700 to spend a night in a cave...but he spent a lot of time talking about these. He also talked quite a lot about how miserable the weather was and how cold he was and how great trikes were and how people shouldn't drive in a convertible or a Harley etc. There was an awful, awful lot of "dead space" in the book.

I'd have prefered it if he had spent more time telling me about the route and what "I" would see and less about the things I never would. That said, I read it all and enjoyed the read, but at the end of it, I'm not sure I learnt much at all. I wish it had been longer or that he had "got on with it", which is what I was thinking at some times while reading it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Billy Connolly's Route 66 12 Nov 2011
By Diva
Format:Hardcover
I was so looking forward to this, having driven the route a couple of times but I can't help feeling a little underwhelmed. Billy's 'take' on American culture is, as with everything he does, highly entertaining and, to a significant degree, informative. If the remit was to produce a TV programme and book that gives a personal and subjective overview of some aspects of the 'mother road', then it hit the mark. For me, though, it was a missed opportunity to delve a little deeper into the role of Route 66 as a metaphor for America's relationship with the car and how it's a country whose commercial businesses have developed to service the automobile. His references to towns that have almost disappeared since the de-commissioning of the road were very few and far between. As another reviewer has noted, he was very wide of the mark in his comments about the Meramec Caverns and just didn't seem to 'get' what they were all about. I've always loved Billy Connolly's anarchic humour and I enjoyed his trip overall, I just wish it had been a little more thorough and nuanced in it's approach - but maybe that's another book!Billy Connolly's Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its Billy Connolly you cannot go wrong. 20 April 2014
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The series and book came out about two weeks before I drove route 66 myself. I wish I could have read the book before I started my journey as I would have liked to have used this as a reference. Its not a guide book but the characters you meet along the way are well represented and it would have given more confidence to explore on the journey and enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 22 Mar 2014
By Jules
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Good read, entertaining and enjoyable. Strait forward read, typical Connelly style, you can hear him talking. Good intro to Route 66 and it's history
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Connolly on route 66 11 Mar 2014
By WTR
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The book accompanies the most interesting TV series about route66 by Billy Connolly. It does not attempt to be a comprehensive guide the route 66, but what it does, it does very well. As well as useful information for the route 66 traveller, it gives Billy's opinions and comments which make for interesting reading and tells you fascinating facts not found in other guide books. So I would recommend the book for enjoyment and for extra information for the route 66 traveller.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Connolly's Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road...
A very good read from the Big Yin. Enjoyable accompaniment to the poplar television series. Having traveled on route 66 myself it made me smile.
Published 2 months ago by Paulopt2248
5.0 out of 5 stars For my planning
Saw the TV shows, missed a couple so bought the book......superb enjoyable read and a good starting framework for places to visit during my dream trip of 2-3 mths length in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by tcturbo
4.0 out of 5 stars good
It was a perfect birthday present for my brother as its light weight and not bulky. The price was really competative too.
Published 9 months ago by Charlotte Sellers
2.0 out of 5 stars Do your own thing
At times i found myself laughing and then at other times, I felt like having a good row with the author. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Supepsi
5.0 out of 5 stars A wee gem
This is a really good read - mixture of travelogue, background information and insights into a fascinating man. Loved it.
Published 13 months ago by S. L. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
This book is a real chuckle. Billy as always puts his spin on everything and makes you see it in a different light. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the TV series and enjoyed the book myself so bought it for my...
Arrived promptly and well packaged. I enjoyed the book myself and then bought it as a present for my brother-in-law who is intending to do route 66 next year.
Published 15 months ago by big Tone
5.0 out of 5 stars billy
well posted great price and saved my pennies could order early too so no need to Waite to order fantastic
Published 15 months ago by sally anne geddes
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