- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Virgin Books; 1st edition (9 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905264569
- ISBN-13: 978-1905264568
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Walking the Amazon: 860 Days. The Impossible Task. The Incredible Journey Hardcover – 9 Jun 2011
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Walking from the Pacific, over the Andes and along the entire length of the Amazon to the Atlantic is truly extraordinary. No one has ever done this before and the pundits considered the route impossible. If the distance wasn't challenge enough, the dense forest, biting insects, snakes, bogs, wilderness and uncertainty of what lay ahead would daunt the staunchest explorer.
To do all this in more than 800 continuous days with just a backpack puts Stafford's endeavour in the top league of expeditions past and present." (Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE)
"Is this Britain's most intrepid explorer since Scott of the Antarctic?" (The Daily Mail)
"All generations need heroes; it's lovely to have a real one for a change." (Antonia Senior The Times)
"Ed Stafford is the real deal." (The Times)
"Totally, completely and utterly mad." (Michael Palin)
'Walking from the Pacific, over the Andes and along the entire length of the Amazon to the Atlantic is truly extraordinary... To do all this puts Stafford's endeavour in the top league of expeditions past and present' - SIR RANULPH FIENNES OBESee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Ed's book sounds like he is in person (I have heard one of his brilliant lectures) - humble, down-to-earth, amusing.
In the age of ridiculous celebrity "expeditions" this is the real deal. Hardcore. Impressive. Well worth a read.
However, the book was almost as much of a slog as the journey. It is poorly written and doesn't convey many of the experiences Ed went through very well. His descriptions of the environment, plants, animals, etc. are almost completely none existent and he devotes more time in the book to the tech he is carrying with him. Another issue I had reading it was that it comes across as a long moan, about the conditions, the people, the tech and on and on. My wife asked me what I thought and I summed it up as "Walked today, moan moan moan, walked today, moan moan moan." For me the book needed a ghost writer and/or a really good editor.
For me, Ed didn't come across as very likeable either, and when the book is focussed on him, that is a big problem. There is virtually no humour in the book and when it is attempted it is contrived and to be honest, a little offensive, for example "about as welcome as an autistic maths teacher" is an attempt at a joke which misses the mark by a long way.
There are other books out there which show a greater writing capability than Ed possesses, (Walking Home by Lynn Schooler for example) and I'd recommend them over this.
It is brilliant, it made me laugh out loud & also brought tears to my eyes. I am lucky enough to have met Ed & he has managed to write his book so that I felt he was in the room talking to me. As well as telling the story of Ed's epic adventure it is so inspirational. It has really made me think about my behaviours, actions, moods & how I have total control over them. I am very much looking forward to Ed's next adventure & book.
There were plenty of details of the logistics of such an extreme challenge which may be useful to fellow adventurers hoping to create an adventure of their own.
What was wonderful was Stafford's own personal reflections of his emotional states as the journey progressed - from elation, to despair, depression, anger, frustration, fear, apathy, boredom - he seemed genuinely open about his emotional experiences, which was surprising and refreshing to read. You can see how his personality went through some significant changes as the two years passed; he learnt more about himself and how he relates to others, which made the book most interesting for me.
An inspiring story and worth having a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great account of a ground braking adventure. Good read to accompany the tv adaptaionPublished 17 days ago by Hannah K.
Great adventure, tough at times...
Made me tired of the bush just reading about it.
very much enjoyed overall
well done Ed
I really wanted to like this book but I found Ed Stafford very arrogant which came through in this writing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James
Couldnt put it down. Great book, loved reading the highs and lows of jungle life!! Can't wait for Eds next expedition!!!Published 1 month ago by Finners
Superb book , Epic well written factual story , I read this in 3 days whilst on Holiday, I've always liked Ed Staffords TV shows, I didn't realize this book was available. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elliott Jones
We walked, we slashed , we ate, we slept. Repeat. Ed and team were the first and probably the last to walk this route, no wonder, it sounds like purgatory.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Tough times never left, tough people too.
Thank you Ed!
Amazing expedition and inspirational story. The book is definitely worth a read, even if you saw the documentary.Published 3 months ago by BT