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The Linger Longer: Driving the Trans-Siberian - the Ultimate Road Trip Across Russia [Paperback]

Chris Raven , Simon Raven
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  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Samosir Books Limited (22 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954884213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954884215
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Raven is best known for his candid overland travel writing and off the beaten track colour photography. Covering many international destinations over the past decade including, the Balkan Peninsula, new routes across South America and China's deep south, his career in adventure travel began when he drove from the UK to Vladivostok in 2003. The author of three published travel comedies - Leaving London, Driving the Trans-Siberian and Carnival Express, Simon is currently researching material for his fourth book on the Black Sea. Due for release in Spring 2014.

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UK TO Vladivostok: Driving the Trans-Siberian - experience the ultimate road trip! Ever had the desire to simply jump in the car and keep driving, to wave goodbye to routine and commitment, to drive into the unknown with your arm out of the window hungry for adventure! Well, that is precisely what twin brothers and UK authors, Simon Raven and Chris Raven decided to do whilst stacking boxes of frozen oven chips in a minus 30degreeC freezer. With a squeaky foot pump and an SAS Survival Guide, the brothers fired up their rusty GBP300 Ford Sierra and headed east. Not being petrol heads and having very little knowledge of the internal combustion engine, with luck they hoped to reach Poland and maybe even the Baltic State of Estonia - where lived, according to legend, the most beautiful girls on the planet. After driving for six weeks and clocking up over 11,000 miles, quite literally living in the car, they miraculously arrived in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in Siberia on the Sea of Japan. What they had in fact done was to drive the entire length of the amazing new Amur Highway before it was finished, which crosses Russia in a 6,200 mile swath of cracked tarmac and potholes.

Along the way our trusty heroes drink vodka with Chechen criminals, escape highway robbery, trade banana flavoured condoms with Russian cops, meet the eccentric and plain weird at truck stops in darkest Siberia, endure torturous road conditions and have a race to the finish with the Germans. Surviving this journey by the skin of their teeth, the brothers are forced to confront their worst fears in this toe-curling comedy that is both gripping and surreal.

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UK TO VLADIVOSTOK: Driving the Trans-Siberian - experience the ultimate road trip!

Ever had the desire to simply jump in the car and keep driving, to wave goodbye to routine and commitment, to drive into the unknown with your arm out of the window hungry for adventure? Well, that is precisely what twin brothers and UK authors, Simon Raven and Chris Raven decided to do whilst stacking boxes of frozen oven chips in a minus 30°C freezer. With a squeaky foot pump and an SAS Survival Guide, the brothers fired up their rusty £300 Ford Sierra and headed east. Not being petrol heads and having very little knowledge of the internal combustion engine, with luck they hoped to reach Poland and maybe even the Baltic State of Estonia - where lived, according to legend, the most beautiful girls on the planet.

After driving for six weeks and clocking up over 11,000 miles, quite literally living in the car, they miraculously arrived in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in Siberia on the Sea of Japan. What they had in fact done was to drive the entire length of the amazing new Amur Highway before it was finished, which crosses Russia in a 6,200 mile swath of cracked tarmac and potholes. Along the way our trusty heroes drink vodka with Chechen criminals, escape highway robbery, trade banana flavoured condoms with Russian cops, meet the eccentric and plain weird at truck stops in darkest Siberia, endure torturous road conditions and have a race to the finish with the Germans. Surviving this journey by the skin of their teeth, the brothers are forced to confront their worst fears in this toe-curling comedy that is both gripping and surreal.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the linger longer 17 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
Two likeable lads on a road trip. Looking for a good time and achieving it on a very modest budjet. A buy for any person thinking you need to be loaded to travel the world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't really work.... 21 Jun 2013
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I very much looked forward to reading this book and expected it would be a travel diary. In fact it seems to just be rather boring conversations between the two brothers and I suspect that most is in fact made up to amuse the reader (I wasn't amused). As an avid reader of travel books sadly this is one of the ones that will be read once and will not be recommended to fellow readers. Good on them both though for making such an exciting journey but book would have benefited from having more about the journey rather than their conversations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic adventure, spoilt by typos 2 July 2007
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This book by the Raven brothers is superior to the first one, Living the Linger. It describes a more interesting trip to places travel writers have spent less time covering-at least by road. One or two lengthy sections cover the details of the people they met(and became intimate with) but it surely would have been better to try to learn a little Russian first? Too much time spent describing the trip across Europe to the Russian border, and too many typographical errors-it really is annoying to be confronted with so many errors which ought to be confined to a 13 year old's schoolwork. However, overall, it's a good read and I'll be looking forward to reading about their adventures in South America.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No risk, no gain 11 Jan 2013
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I applaud these guys for completion of an extraordinary journey. They survived the many daily challenges and dangers in the immense Russian Federation. Undoubtedly luck was frequently on their side-other journey men have not had such fortune. The script was interesting, sometimes amusing, but always quite crude which would not suit all tastes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic! 4 Mar 2011
By timmyuk
Format:Paperback
This is a superb travel book. It's not often I read a book in a day, but I couldn't put this down. The reason for only four stars is that I'm comparing it (probably unfairly) to Mike Carters "Uneasy Rider". This book isn't as amusing as UR, which had me laughing out loud - but then again, I suspect the Raven Brothers didn't set out to write a comedy (although the choice of car is in my mind comical).

If you don't buy this book.... then I suggest you nick it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having travelled through Russia myself via car, horse, train, snowmobile and aeroplane I thought that this would be an interesting alternative view of travelling through Russia. Having read it, I am amazed there are any positive reviews on this.

Firstly it is identical to hearing a group of young lads recount their holiday to Ibiza, they talk about sex, drugs, alcohol and everything else you can hear in your local pub on a Friday night. It isn't even funny, just crass comments.

There is very little detail of how they made the trip, the exact resources, planning, operational and other issues that anyone really travelling would find useful. Even less about the cultures, the places and the changes within Eastern Europe and Russia.

Certainly don't buy it for travel or information on Russia.

Certainly don't buy it for humour, there are plenty of great and humorous travel writers.

Not recommended, my only sorrow is that I paid money for the book. It is already in the bin.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish 30 Dec 2008
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I bought this book on the strength of the previous reviews; so I feel compelled to add my own views. The Linger Longer is probably the worst travel book I have read. The book is both adolescent and laddish in tone. The writing is poor, the Raven brothers always seem to converse by "yelling", "screaming" and "crying". Despite claims, there is no real humour in the book at all; just a collection of cringeworthy anecdotes. Also, the book is littered with spelling mistakes (more the fault of the proof-reader than the authors; but it just adds to the overall shoddy nature of the book). The journey itself is a great idea and no doubt a memorable trip for the Raven brothers, but it would be hard to find two more tedious travel companions. Avoid.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall good, too many wisecracks and sexcapades 22 Nov 2007
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I'd have appreciated better this book if the authors had put a limits to their witty wisecracks and narration of sexcapades.The feel of the place is lost hen the narrators are occupied being funny all the time and talking about trying to bed every female from London to Vladivostok (or so it seems).
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