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Billy Connolly's Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip Hardcover – TV Tie-In, 15 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (15 Sept. 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 (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,735 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Wilkinson on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Mayles on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. C. Packman on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2011
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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 By Supepsi on 27 Jun. 2013
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At times i found myself laughing and then at other times, I felt like having a good row with the author. This is one of those books that starts off well, but then gets lost in itself. It offers some funny stories, some strong opinions and, some mentions that are not necessary. Verging on destroying people's livelihoods or dreams. By the time I reached half way, I was struggling to read on. Billy Connolly will tell you, that he doesn't care what people think of him. However, most people do have feelings and do care what others say.

If your going to do Route 66.. Then, whatever you do - do it your way. If you choose to drive a Cadilac or, ride a Harley..let it be your own choice. Do your dream and be free to enjoy the time of your life.
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I started the book with a bit of trepidation the the BigYin might go all show biz and bollox with this one, but thankfully not, we'll not too much any way.

A thoroughly good read which left me (and probably many others) jealous that you just don't get meet such interesting characters in our humdrum lives. However Billy made it feel like like it was me talking to them. I never realised I had so much in common with the big fella over matters of real importance.

As for the road itself, I have always resisted making the bucket list that every saddo does, but I think I really would like to take the highway that's the best, probably in an old Mustang or even a pick up truck, reading the Grapes of Wrath again as I went.
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The blurb at the back cover describes Billy as a "national treasure" and I guess that is the giveaway. By the time someone reaches that status they have generally lost any real relevance, and they end being afforded opportunities for TV and books that wouldn't otherwise come their way. That is very much the case with this book.
Connolly comes across as a right pain in the butt - a middle aged man trying trying desperately to be seen as super cool and "right on", and clearly much in love with his own image.
I used to love Billy and then got bored with him and after reading this book now dislike him.
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