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Surprisingly it wasn't as there's far more interesting bits and pieces in the book that isn't included in the DVD.
There's a lot more of the backbround to what is going on from the off and there's more consideration given to how the though process starts and how they go about trying to get sponsorship for their ride etc. I was glad to see they put this in as I've been considering a similar trip with my brother for some years now and this has awakened the idea but also made me consider how to do it and timeframes etc.
I especially like a lot of the 'footnotes' about what was happening to the support car for example and the diary entries are also a great idea as they add to the overall story being told.
I did mention in my DVD review that I would have liked an index or segment to go through all the kit they used and what they found worked well and what didn't and what they might do differently next time around.
I will however look forward to reading/watching their India trip.
Far better and grittier than the Top Gear adventures where you know unlimited resources, money and celebrity will allow them to overcome everything and the whole thing is then served up on a silver platter by the A Team of techs, editors and producers working in the background.
This was great and down to earth.
First of all, I will say that I am not usually a reader of these kind of books! However, I started reading the title as soon as I received it and didn't put it down. What I usually find a bit hard in books it the size of the font. This book is printed in a decent size, easy to read font, and the two brothers dialogue is highlighted by background colouring. One brother is writing as a memory of the ride, whilst the other in more diary entry.
The book is a honest story of the journey around China on motor bike, detailing the obstacles that the two brothers had to over come (mainly weather!), however the book doesn't really show of the beautiful scenery & I would recommend the DVD as accompaniment to this book.
The whole book is well written, and although it might feel as its getting repetitive with regards to the problems encountered, you can not fault the guys as this is an accurate account of the issues that westerners would encounter in rural China. I look forward to reading their next adventure in India.
I dipped into this over several weeks, and it rewarded me with lots of happy winter dreams.
Well done to Colin and Ryan. I envy you guys!
I watched the DVD that accompanies this book, (The Middle Kingdom Ride) before reading which I found really helped build a better image of the journey that Chris and Ryan Pyle took around China. Don't get me wrong, the book did a great job at painting the picture of all of the up's and down's that the two brothers had.
I found that the DVD did not cover 100% of what occurred on their travels (however the major details were included.) and this book really did expand on that.
The format of the book is very easy to read with the inclusion of the odd diary style pages. The writing style is very easy to read (even for someone who rarely reads a book from start to finish, like myself.) Ryan Pyle has been very successful in documenting his travels in a way that is both engaging and complete. I didn't feel as though he had left information out, I just wish there was more to read. At only 276 pages, this book should take you a week of bedtime reading.
The only thing I would like to see improved with this book is the inclusion of more photo's. The book only has 24 photo's, situated in the middle of the book. The photo's are very high quality, printed in full colour with a glossy finish.
This book left me wanting to read more and I ended up rewatching the six episodes which documented this amazing journey. I would highly recommend it to anyone that like motorcycles, traveling, China or even those that love a good story.
A few tricks were missed such as they mention that they had their first Muslim meal and I looked forward to hearing what it was made of or at least what it was called but was left waiting. There is a bit too much talk about miles covered and the sole aim of the brothers seems to be to get ground covered on motorways without engaging with the country. The insights into chinese life are interesting with the strict following of rules sometimes when it makes no sense to the breaking of the law while driving when that also make no sense to the brilliance and inteligence of locals able to repair motorcycles or clear a road block much faster than would ever happen in my own country.
A very readable book which is easy to get through and gives some insight into China. Possibly most suited to someone with a general interest in motorcycles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book very enjoyable. I am not a motorbike fan or have any intention on visiting China, but I found the story in this book interesting because I enjoy reading about... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr. T. Kenning
This is an account of two brothers who set off on their motorbikes to travel around China. The book begins by describing who the brothers are, what stage they were at in their... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Pete F.
I enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to watching the accompanying DVD as well. It is an interesting book, both because of the travelogue and the epic nature of the journey... Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Kemp
A fascinating account of two brothers riding their motorbikes through China. It's a great insight to what is still a mysterious country when you go off the beaten track, which... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Zipster Zeus
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I’ve got to be honest with you, I didn’t expect this book to be this good –... Read more
Very unusual subject matter for me, but everyone needs a little change now and then, eh? Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SJATurney
This book was sent for me for review by the authors, Mark and Ryan Pyle, who have set up their own company to publish it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jeff Walmsley
OK, I have to admit to having very little interest in motorcycles, but I do enjoy travelogues, so when I was offered a copy of this book for review, I thought, why not? Read morePublished 16 months ago by Laura Smith
I see no point repeating details easily found in listing, so was it or wasn't it a good read? Well for me not really, too much repetition, too much about the participants in the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Egon Toast