The New "Into Africa" Audio Book from World Traveler Sam Manicom.
Sam says, ‘Over the past year we’ve been receiving an amazing number of requests from people whose eyesight is failing, who struggle with dyslexia, are set up to ride and listen, or are able to multi task! They’ve asked, “When are you going to do an audio book?” So we’ve done it!’
Narrated by Sam, Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'It seemed like a great idea’. Revelling in a new-found freedom without timetables or routines, he became fascinated by his ability to explore side roads at a whim and reach remote parts of the continent that many travellers never find.
Though Africa is just 5,000 miles from top to toe, Sam explored over 22,000 miles on every kind of road imaginable. This fast flowing story is packed with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny.
Sam had only planned to take a temporary break from his retail career, but the one-year ride was so life-changing that he continued adventuring around the world for another seven years, covering 55 countries and 200,000 miles.
Sam writes as a prologue to "Into Africa"...
"I see myself as a pretty ordinary bloke and when I sat down to write this book it all felt a bit of a cheek. I mean who was I to think I had the right to write? I wasn’t sure, but the itch in the back of my mind came from people I’ve met over the past years. Many said to me, ‘You’re incredibly lucky to have been able to travel the world, I wish I could’. At first when people said that, my self-centred attitude was ‘if I can so can you’. I believed that people generally have the ability to make their lives head in the direction they wish; I was wrong.
Pre-Africa, my life was as ordinary as life can get, but something wasn’t quite right. I had a reasonable education, a job, and I was healthy. I was a shop manager on Jersey; the work was manic and decidedly full time. This didn’t leave much freedom to enjoy the money I was earning, and I never managed to see my family in England as often as I ought. The long hours meant that I was beginning to lose touch with friends too, but my sights were set on promotion and a fat pay cheque; they had been for too many years and I’d almost made it. I never had the time to feel properly dissatisfied, but I was beginning to wonder what it was all for. Could I really see myself doing the same thing forever? Then, fears of a recession began to creep into the world of retail and I saw my hard earned future disappearing. This look into the future set me dreaming of the road and taking a close look at my life as a whole. I knew that I wasn’t the first person to do this and that encouraged me to think outside the boundaries."
To hear a sample chapter, just go to http://www.sam-manicom.com/into-africa/into-africa-audio-book/
Details as follows:
Duration: 10 hours 47 minutes
The Into Africa audio book is distributed by Open Book Audio and is downloadable from:
Audible.com – an Amazon company