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A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa 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.
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’. Sam Manicom had only planned to take a temporary break from his successful 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 had no idea how liberating motorcycle travel would be. 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.
Narrated by Sam, ride with him as he describes Africa's amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape his destiny. This is a genuine tale of the unexpected.
©2008 Sam Manicom (P)2012 Sam Manicom
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mishah Ness on 23-06-2018

What a Grand Adventure!

Wonderful adventuring right on the edge! He brings Africa alive to the reader. Enjoyed it so much. Love that it is read by the author too

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5 out of 5 stars
By james elward on 18-01-2018

Join the journey

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At first I was apprehensive to say the least, this was the first audio book of this type i had listened to and wasn't sure i'd make it though the day by day run through of ' here i am, heres what i'm seeing' but boy was i wrong!. Sam's stories are so engaging and well written that you're so quickly drawn into the story it's hard not to start thinking you're along for the ride with him. So much more than just a motorbike story, this is very much a story about people and experiences with the human spirit. The fact that Sam tells teh story in his own words and voice just adds to the experience. Well work a listen and highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul V Hoffman on 31-05-2017

Living a Dream

Would you consider the audio edition of Into Africa to be better than the print version?

I very much enjoyed the print version. The audio version which is in fact narrated by the author gave me the feel of a friend telling me a story of far off travels and the good and bad that can be experienced on such a journey.

What other book might you compare Into Africa to and why?

Ted Simon's Jupiter's Travels is similar in that it is adventure travel by motorcycle.

Have you listened to any of Sam Manicom’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first and I thought is was fantastic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, this would be a great way to spend a relaxing day. I really like the way the narration gives a bit of a pause (musically) between chapters. It gave me a feel for the cultural adventure which lay ahead.

Any additional comments?

For anyone who has ever considered dropping everything and traveling the world. This book will give you the feel and flavor for such an adventure and the reality of what such an adventure could entail.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Scooterboy on 09-12-2015

Amazing tales.

Having spent over 5 years in Africa working at various U. S. Embassies, this audio book stuck a heart felt cord with me. Sam's descriptive abilities puts you right into the adventure and I can vouch for his accuracy. This story is not about motorcycles, but shows what the real Africa is like, which can only be experienced by motorcycle. Read or hear this book. You will be enlightened.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Roger Spackman on 21-08-2014

A mad choice leads to a brilliant adventure!

Would you listen to Into Africa again? Why?

Definitely, I have read the book and was pleased to hear it in Sam ' s own words.

What other book might you compare Into Africa to, and why?

I don't generally read travel books, they aren't my thing so can only be compared to Sam ' s other works... of which Under Asian Skies is the only one available on audio book yet.... I seriously encourage him to publish the others in audio format.

What about Sam Manicom’s performance did you like?

It is very personal and makes you feel like you are with him... His written work does this too... but hearing his voice makes it work even better.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As a biker myself I have to laugh at some of the rookie mistakes I remember making myself... but in Sam ' s case he did it on a.mad adventure for a rookie to take on. RESPECT!

I believe his insight into culture is also important as there are many misconceptions in the western world that he puts right.

Any additional comments?

Sam is a brilliant story teller who makes you feel like you are travelling with him. The fact he narrates his own books makes it more personal.

While this is about a man riding his motorcycle the bike itself is only the vehicle. .. bit he metaphorically and literally and allows for the adventure.

This book is great for both people who love bikes as well as those who have never been near one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By A. Ritchie on 05-01-2015

A real motorcycle adventure

What did you like most about Into Africa?

I listened to this book whilst on my own motorcycle adventure, riding across Canada on dirt roads. I was constantly nodding in agreement with the experiences Sam was writing about.

What does Sam Manicom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Reading a book can be rather abstract, you never know whether the author is stretching the truth. By reading the book himself, feel a real connection to his experiences on the road.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Sam talks about having an guardian angel watching over him and how even some of the worst events resulted in unexpected experiences. This resonated very strong with my own experiences on the road.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this as essential material for anyone considering an adventure... or any armchair adventurers that wants to get a real feel of life on the road.

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