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By Any Means: His Brand New Adventure From Wicklow to Wollongong (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Charley Boorman
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"Replete with colorful characters, hair-raising action and enough raw machismo to knock over an elephant." --"Kirkus Reviews" on "Race to Dakar"


Four million captivated viewers watched Charley Boorman complete his last adventure - LONG WAY DOWN - which took him from John O'Groats to Cape Town. Along with Ewan McGregor he achieved not only this amazing feat, but also circumnavigated the globe on the LONG WAY ROUND. In between these two incredible journeys, he found the time to compete in the Dakar Rally, telling his story in his bestselling book RACE TO DAKAR.

Charley's passion for travel and adventure continues in his new challenge - BY ANY MEANS. Travelling from his home town in Co Wicklow all the way to Sydney, he will use any means he can to reach his destination, via transport as diverse as steam train, horse, boat, kayak, truck, and tuk-tuk. And of course his beloved motorbike! Whether crossing the Black Sea, trekking through Tibet, riding an elephant in India or hiking through the forests of Papua New Guinea, this will be a unique opportunity to meet fascinating people and explore extraordinary places. With trademark enthusiasm, dedication and good humour, Charley's new trip is set to be his most challenging yet.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1293 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Sphere (4. Dezember 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002TZ3DHQ
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A lot of whining 8. Dezember 2010
I might have been reading a different book considering that I'm the first person who would rate it with only 1 star. Well, let me explain why I think it's a waste of time and money to buy it:

1/3 of the book is him whining about how much he misses his home & family or how badly he slept or how awful his headache was....

1/3 of the book focused on him being worried about missing his next bit of organised means of transport....

And another third of this book was him trying to convince his readers (and most likely himself!) as to how lucky he was to be wherever he was....

Honestly: Mr Borman tries so hard to convince everybody that he was actually having fun that it gets annoying after a while. I do appreciate his effort for UNICEF, but I can't possibly imagine that he got a lasting impression from any of his well-organised adventures. Anybody backpacking probably gets more out of his trip than Mr Borman got out of his...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein weiteres Abenteuer mit Charlie Boorman 18. Oktober 2010
Von Rix
Wer Charley Boorman kennt, dem braucht man hier eigentlich nicht viel Neues zu erzählen. Der neue Abenteuer-Trip "By Any Means" wird hier mit genauso viel Begeisterung, Ehrlichkeit und Humor geschildert, wie es auch schon in "Race to Dakar", "Long Way Down" und "Long Way Round" der Fall war. Natürlich werden auch hier dann und wann ernstere Töne angeschlagen, wenn es zum Beispiel um die Arbeit von UNICEF geht, welche Boorman nun schon seit vielen Jahren unterstützt. Auch wenn es oft schnell von Land zu Land zu gehen scheint, so schafft es Boorman doch stets, Momente einzufangen, die nicht nur ihn sondern auch den Leser in den Bann ziehen und einen Eindruck vom Leben, dem Glück und den Problemen der Menschen geben.
Kurz gesagt, eine wilde Reise durch eine vielzahl faszinierender Länder mit Hilfe der unterschiedlichsten Transportmittel (By Any Means eben).

PS: Wer des Englischen mächtig ist, dem sei auf jeden Fall die Originalfassung empfohlen, da auch die beste Übersetzung nie den Charme von Charley Boormans Erzählstil ganz einfangen können wird.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great reading 9. April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Shows how imprtant travel for building an opinion is.

Easy reading, stimulating and motivating.

Can recommend reading it when interested in widening the own horizon.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining 14. Oktober 2009
Von A. Whitehead - Veröffentlicht auf
Having previously travelled on motorbike from London to New York via Europe, Central Asia, Siberia, Alaska and Canada on Long Way Round, and from John O'Groats to Cape Town on Long Way Down, Charley Boorman sets out on another adventure. This time the motorbikes (and previous wingman Ewan McGregor, who was busy filming) have been left behind as Boorman sets out from his childhood home in County Wicklow, Ireland, aiming to get to Sydney, Australia, travelling by any means of transport he can find. The result is a 20,000-mile odyssey through twenty-five countries.

Having enjoyed Long Way Round when the book and TV series appeared in 2004, I was disappointed with Long Way Down when it appeared. Aware of the mishaps and problems they'd had on the first journey, Long Way Down had been timetabled and planned to such an extent that a lot of the fun spontaneity of the earlier mission was lost, and the strict timetable meant that Ewan and Charley had to skip interesting areas they were passing in order to hit certain locations at certain times. This proved to be a point of contention on the African trip, and it wasn't until past the halfway point that they could finally relax and chill out a bit.

For By Any Means the goal was to reinstate this sense of spontaneity. As well as that, the decision to ditch the bikes was taken because travelling by motorbike through some of the areas they were heading to - particularly island-hopping from Malaysia down through Indonesia to Australia - would have been logistically difficult. Dropping the bikes and travelling through mostly inhabited areas along the way also meant that there was no need for the support vehicles and teams which, although important from a safety perspective, had eroded the 'two guys against the elements' feel of the two trips, particularly the second. Finally, whilst the bikes had been important for eating as many miles as possible per day (particularly on the first trip, which almost circumnavigated the globe), it also meant that contact with the locals was fairly limited. The new approach conversely relied on talking to local people and making use of local means of transport.

The book successfully complements the TV series. Interestingly, the book relates stories not mentioned at all in the TV series, whilst skipping some elements that were much more heavily focused on in the series. Charley's visit to Angkor Wat was a major part of the TV show but is here covered only briefly, whilst a visit to another, lesser-known temple wasn't even mentioned on the show but is given coverage in the book, for example. This avoids the problem of repetition between the two mediums, and is helpful if you're planning to get both the book and the DVD.

The steps taken by the team do mean that By Any Means is a more engaging story and trip than Long Way Down. Many of the locals they meet whose stories they hear simply wouldn't have been encountered with the bikes roaring past at 70mph. Logistically the expedition isn't perhaps quite as spontaneous as it first appears: a support team in London arrange several modes of transport ahead of time and at one point the gang is defeated in their attempts to enter Burma and have to take a commercial flight to get to China instead.

Still, the journey is an impressive achievement, and Charley Boorman's down-to-earth style is readable and entertaining. 'Proper' travel writers appear to be a bit snooty about these expeditions (a sequel to this journey, in which Boorman travels on from Sydney, up through Papua New Guinea and the Philippines to Tokyo, is currently airing on BBC-2 in the UK) since Boorman doesn't really get to grips with the politics or socio-economic backgrounds to these countries, but that's not really the point. Boorman's concern is meeting the local ordinary people and finding out how they live their lives under different circumstances. This 'theme' is actually successfully handled, as the way of life between bus drivers in Turkey, one of the few female taxi drivers in Tehran and cattle drovers in Australia's Outback is contrasted. The conclusion - people are people wherever you go - might not be shockingly revelatory, but it is nicely handled nonetheless. There's also some ironic interest to be gleaned from the fact that Iran, the country the team was most concerned about crossing, turned out to be one of the friendliest and most welcoming they visited and had possibly the least security concerns.

By Any Means (***) is a breezy and entertaining account of a genuinely impressive journey around the world. The book is available now in the UK and USA.

By Any Means 2 is currently airing in the UK and a new McGregor/Boorman motorbike trip, possibly through South America, is being planned for next year with the working title Long Way to Go.
4.0 von 5 Sternen By any means 20. Oktober 2014
Von Clare O'Beara - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
While I was aware of two previous books by this author, involving long distance motorbike rides, I hadn't read any. I wasn't aware that his exploits had been filmed for BBC or that he's the son of film director John Boorman. All this knowledge is taken for granted by the author. I thought he might consider that his first books could attract a motorbike-specialist readership, perhaps, whereas this 'by any mode of transport' challenge held a broader appeal. I'm at a loss to know how he paid for this trip and supported his family as he doesn't say, but maybe the BBC paid him a wage and expenses. He never mentions who paid for everything.

A three-month trek from Wicklow to southern Australia and to Sydney seems like a lot of travel when each leg has to be booked separately and no scheduled air flights are included unless absolutely essential. The Orient Express was a glamorous start - after the obligatory motorbikes of course. From there matters went downhill as Charley and his couple of guy pals crossed borders, experienced heat and humidity, rode in tuk-tuks and overcrowded buses and trains, floated on boats from container ships to cement barges and straddled elephants.

While the author has to be admired, and met awful sea conditions including sinking boats and foul weather for days, he did seem to be constantly rushing to get to the next guide with a truck and not taking in that much of the life and environment, which had been his stated aim. He does show us the most polluted town in the world - on a lake of oil in Eurasia - and he feels uncomfortable in a religious state where women are veiled, all but his plucky female taxi driver. His observations are almost all about people, not nature.

I liked seeing the two medical runs that the crew participated in with UNICEF, a great charity. This group uses public transport and local staff as much as humanly possible, so nobody gets helicoptered in to a New Guinea hill village - it's a five day boat and climb trek with vaccines which are in a dry ice box and must not get warm. We start to wonder whether the people in extremely remote areas are really doing the right thing by staying there instead of coming to where there are education, medical care, food and employment opportunities for their children. But while they are there, they are being helped.

This is a reasonable read for the variety, lads-outing, friendships and many alternate and basic lifetyles shown. The writing is peppered with sentences beginning 'it had' or 'there was' so not wonderful, just jotted observations. Given that the author regularly bemoans having left his wife and two kids for three months, he may not take off for a while on any more trips.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen By Any Means 29. Januar 2011
Von Spider Monkey - Veröffentlicht auf
After reading `Long Way Round' and `Long Way Down' and being very disappointed by the writing style and constant bickering between Boorman and McGregor, I vowed not to read any more book by them again. Then I saw a signed copy of `By Any Means' in a bookshop for a ludicrously cheap price and couldn't resist and I'm glad to say it has gone some way to redeeming Boorman and his TV tie-in books. Maybe that is because this is written with the help of another author, or maybe it's because there's none of the bickering, or maybe it's because I found the idea intriguing, but whatever the reason this made for an enjoyable and easy going travelogue. The journey itself is amazing and the variety of countries visited maintains your interest throughout. It does get a touch repetitive at times, with the usual theme being get up after lack of sleep, find unusual form of transport, miss wife and family and reach destination, the odd additional aspect of the journey stand out in comparison and make them more enjoyable to read. There are many colour photo plates which illustrate the various countries and stories told very well and are a real highlight of the book. If you enjoyed the series then I'm guessing you'll also enjoy the book , although there is nothing new here that you didn't see on TV. You'll also enjoy this if you enjoy armchair travel books and although it's not brilliant, it is still a very good read and much better after the uninspiring dross that were the books of `LWR' and `LWD'.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another Classic Charley Travel Adventrure 11. Mai 2010
Von Michael - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I have enjoyed Charley Boorman's Travel adventure movies and books. This is just another wonderful on. Highly recommend it!
4.0 von 5 Sternen Entertainment 11. Januar 2013
Von Gazmo - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a huge Charley Boorman fan, I've seen and read most of his material, but I enjoyed this book immensely, it was easy reading in true Boorman style, you feel like you know him well, one of his old mates even, I liked it and would recommend you try it too!
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