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American Road by [Carabini, Seán]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Global Village Press; 1 edition (10 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00786Q7TM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #597,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Those of you who know of Sean Carabini will know that he combines a keen intellect, a great sense of humour and one (if not two) American wives.
All of these are brought together in his latest book - American Road - which continues some of his adventures in the good old US of A which were first described in his earlier book "Sticking Out in Minnesota".

American Road sports a lively yellow colour which suggests it has been mellowing in a sun drenched window somewhere but after the first 20 pages or so this reader was satisfied that the book would raise a smile in the grumpiest of quarters on the rainiest of days.
Essentially the book covers a road trip from Las Vegas to New York. Google Maps tells me that a distance of just over 2,500 miles is involved by taking a direct route but, of course, Seán did not take a direct route and managed to clock up over 5,000 miles with his many diversions and digressions. He also required not one, but two, cars.

Fortunately, for him he did not encounter too many technical difficulties with the operation of his vehicles because if his efforts to get the fuel cap off at the very start of his journey are anything to go by, motor maintenance is not amongst his strongest points.
Car cleaning is undertaken on the hoof, so to speak, and no less a wonder than the hot springs of Yellowstone Park were involved in one unplanned steam cleaning of the car. Seán's trip to the park includes a fine description of hundreds of people opting to view Old Faithful on their camera screens rather than in real life action.

Minor and mundane calamities are described in great and humorous detail and we learn that for such a sensible chap Seán does some really ridiculous things.
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This account should have been interesting. However, the author uses soooo much stupid, useless whit that he ruins every story. His jokes! are not needed and much of the dialogue between him and his girlfriend is unnecessary and a waste of time.
It would have been better if he spent his time proof reading the manuscript and rectifying the typing errors than writing rubbish.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8dd78408) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
HASH(0x8d571858) out of 5 stars A very enjoyable and entertaining read 8 Jan. 2013
By Bilbo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Those of you who know of Sean Carabini will know that he combines a keen intellect, a great sense of humour and one (if not two) American wives.
All of these are brought together in his latest book - American Road - which continues some of his adventures in the good old US of A which were first described in his earlier book "Sticking Out in Minnesota".

American Road sports a lively yellow colour which suggests it has been mellowing in a sun drenched window somewhere but after the first 20 pages or so this reader was satisfied that the book would raise a smile in the grumpiest of quarters on the rainiest of days.
Essentially the book covers a road trip from Las Vegas to New York. Google Maps tells me that a distance of just over 2,500 miles is involved by taking a direct route but, of course, Seán did not take a direct route and managed to clock up over 5,000 miles with his many diversions and digressions. He also required not one, but two, cars.

Fortunately, for him he did not encounter too many technical difficulties with the operation of his vehicles because if his efforts to get the fuel cap off at the very start of his journey are anything to go by, motor maintenance is not amongst his strongest points.

Car cleaning is undertaken on the hoof, so to speak, and no less a wonder than the hot springs of Yellowstone Park were involved in one unplanned steam cleaning of the car. Seán's trip to the park includes a fine description of hundreds of people opting to view Old Faithful on their camera screens rather than in real life action.

Minor and mundane calamities are described in great and humorous detail and we learn that for such a sensible chap Seán does some really ridiculous things.
His choice of head gear has him confused as a park ranger, a Mountie and a cowboy to name but three.

If it is odd America has it and if it's odd Carabini insists on seeing it. Whether it be tabernacles in Utah or a corn palace in Mitchell Seán Carabini has found it and takes you to it.

His biggest gripe (and he does gripe occasionally) is the straightness of the road through Dakota which requires a huge effort for him to simply stay awake. No doubt, the absence of corn palaces and the like did not help.

He revels in the delights of a Minnesota Vikings and Kansas Chiefs American football training camp and takes us to see Mount Rushmore and its rival - the Crazy Horse memorial which is under construction in the Black Hills of Dakota.

Along the way Seán negotiates the purchase of an expensive guitar. Even here, negotiates simply does not describe the actual transaction itself but suffice to say that at the end of the process Seán is ahead!

Eventually we reach New York after an interminable delay on the part of the train. We take a tour of the city by bus, eat the most memorable meal ever eaten by the author and finish the trip on the top of the Empire State building at midnight.

Aside from the humour, which punctuates the book, there are some beautifully descriptive passages on the myriad of sights and wonders seen by Seán and his wife on their trip. Some of the descriptions are so vivid you can almost imagine being there yourself. The conversational style puts you in the back seat of the car for a thoroughly enjoyable trip.

I knocked great enjoyment out of this very well written and amusing account of Carabini's meandering across the United States and I would recommend the book to anyone looking for a good light hearted look at America.
HASH(0x8d571a98) out of 5 stars Fun Little Travelogue 5 Jan. 2014
By DaveReadsALot - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a quaint and enlightening travelogue written by an Irishman who take a road trip with his American wife from Las Vegas to New York. Along the way, they visit some of our national parks and experience some truly American events and people.

If you've travelled the US by car, this book will bring back memories or create a desire to hit the road and make new memories. I loved Sean's perspective on our unique country and the many unique people who make it so special. I enjoyed his dry wit and droll observations yet he never ceases to be amazed by the beauty of our country and by those folks who make the USA what it is.
HASH(0x8d579c00) out of 5 stars Loved this book 25 Mar. 2012
By roadtripper - Published on Amazon.com
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I read a lot of travel books and love to road trip myself. The author is very well versed in American culture and shares his experiences with a good deal of humor. His descriptions of the scenic wonders they experienced are vivid enough to picture yourself there. I picked this up when it was offered for free, and unlike many free books, this one is not full of typos, misspellings or poor grammar. Well worth your time and money if you want to travel along the northern corridor of the US.
HASH(0x8d579af8) out of 5 stars Excellent read! 3 Jan. 2013
By T. Freel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very funny, and descriptive journey. We have re-read this on our Kindle's many times...better each time we read it! Would love to read more from this author!
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