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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 1 minute
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Nov. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ3S26
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It had absolutely none of the magic or adventure of Long Way Round, and seemed a truly half-hearted attempt at recording the journey.
Frustratingly, I cannot put my finger on the reason for this. But what came across occasionally was obvious tensions between the crew, which I suspect started with the decision for Ewan's wife to partake in part of the trip. I'm guessing this caused some friction between Ewan and Charlie and it has come across in the writing.
A real shame as it's something I was truly looking forward to.
The first chapters, when they are in Europe, are not interesting at all. One should actually start reading the book from the chapter where they arrive in Tunisia. Still, the writing style throughout the book is not really compelling.
Then the so call 'adventure' is a farce. Two support vehicles, one doctor, one ex-SAS... It really makes the African approach naive, and almost arrogant. But I think it's simply out of ignorance.
It's actually a pity for Ewan and Charley, because finding the life opportunity to cross the African continent on motorcycles is normally a great and unique adventure. But they've missed it totally for themselves and for their own memories to cherish.
So this book is not worth all the publicity.
You get the feeling that instead, it is a cynical tie-in book that was rushed to print to cash in on the popularity of the tv programme.
I hope the boys will spend more time and effort next time round or down.
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The best thing about this for me is that I only took an interest initially because it was Ewan McGregor involved, so from that point of view I've had my horizons broadened. Worth a punt.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My boyfriend loved the series but isn't much of a reader. I thought I'd buy both of the books as a little add on to his birthday present and his already finished book 1Published 9 months ago by Amie Chanthalangsy
I usually read Clarkson or May for motoring type books and Bryson or Moore for travel. This wasn't totally awful but was very repetitious; the dialogue swaps over from the two main... Read morePublished 12 months ago by superbonce
the book was just ok. the drama of long way round revisited. Nothing really new. I did get a sense of Africa but only just.Published 14 months ago by martin magill
Once again Ewan and Charley explain their adventure in a superbly descriptive manner. A must read book for all, not just motorcyclists.Published 22 months ago by Keith Middlebrook
Another awesome tale of two mates, this time trekking down through Africa, a great read !Published on 28 July 2014 by Wilky423