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The Road Gets Better from Here: A Novice Rides Solo from the Ring of Fire to the Cradle of Civilisation (Englisch) Broschiert – 28. Februar 2008

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With virtually no experience and absolutely no support, Adrian rides a basic stock motorbike 20,000 km across nine countries in three months to fulfil a lifelong dream. At every turn, Adrian is adopted by a vast array of characters each with stories to tell and who, extraordinarily, expect nothing in return; tough Siberian truck drivers, frontier road workers, border guards, desperate villagers, drug-addled soldiers and crazy modern-day traders, each insisting that he join them in their homes to share their lives and most of their provisions. It is these encounters which provide such a rich and compelling subtext to his extraordinary journey.

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11 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Good clean fun for the whole family 9. April 2008
Von Roger Mellie - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Broschiert
For a first book, Adrian Scotts travelogue is remarkably well written. It takes the reader along with him as he travels from the furthest reaches of Siberia to Europe, Via China and Central Asia. In the wake of rapidly growing global interest in independant travel by motorcycle, Adrian sets off for his first long distance interenational bike adventure with just a few vague ideas about how it may go. On the way he discoveres the real people and real hospitality of people living along his path.

Its a fun read for anyone with an interest in independant travel, an excellent read for anyone with an interest in the the former USSR, and a compulsory read for anyonne contemplating a first major motorcycle adventure.
7 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Fantastic journey, a great book!! 24. März 2008
Von Travel Reader - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Broschiert
For anyone who enjoys one or more of off-the-beaten-track travel, motorcycle riding or following a crazy Australian around, this is a must read book. Adrian is a witty and compelling story teller whose descriptions of the remote places he visited and the characters he met very real and intensely readable.
8 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
A gutsy motorcycle adventure by a novice motorcyclist 6. Oktober 2008
Von Dual Sport - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
As this adventure story was written by a fellow Aussie, and the bike used was a pre-2008 KLR650 (I have one), I simply had to get this book. It describes quite an epic and gutsy solo adventure, and I'm sure the author would be the first to agree he couldn't have completed the journey without meeting many wonderful and helpful people along the way. It's a great read, although I found that adjectives were overused in the narrative in a way that grated after a while. Don't expect many pictures, and don't expect much motorcycling tech talk at all. It's basically a great travelogue rather than a motorcycling how-to. Basically his bike is a means to an end (independent transport), not a much-loved machine; however it's still a great read if you understand this context when purchasing. Enjoy!
3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Could have been a great book 3. Juni 2012
Von C. Scott - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a review of the Kindle edition of TRGBFH read on an iPad and bought around the date above. I say that because I would be embarrassed to release an ebook in the state this appeared on my device (revisions may improve). It's hard to believe the paper edition was formatted in such a slapdash manner: bizarre hyphenation and other punctuation anomalies, glaring spelling errors, repetition, mixed-up syntax, contradictions, masses of formatting inconsistency, half or full blank pages between sentences, paras sometimes unjustified or temporarily indented for no apparent reason, odd capitalisation and italicisation, it goes on and on.
Some of this would be down to a novice author simply needing editorial guidance or even just elementary proofreading. In that case the blame could lie with virtualbookworm, who published the book. This turns out be be a real company, not the name of the author's self-publishing press. Look at the intro above - vbworm (who supply blurb to Amazon) can't even spell Turkmenistan!
Or did the author pay for a cheaper 'publish it as it is' package with vbm? It's unlikely, but if so that's a great shame as it's clear Adrian Scott put a lot of effort into researching and recording his travels, creating what is I suspect a better than average account of a tough journey across Asia which happened to be on a motorcycle, and all while jumping in very much at the deep end at Magadan. Commendably, he looks outside of himself and beyond his ride, selectively seeking out the fascinating history along his route, while also attempting to learn and use local languages. Others should take note, although we could have done without the uncharacteristically pompous subtitle and occasionally (especially when stuck in a place for a while) it was a bit like watching someone else's home movie - you really had to be there and I admit to skimming a little here. At times it also feels like he's too dutifully ticking off the guidelines of a travel-writing course rather than flowing naturally, but often it works very well.
The lightest edit could have honed all these rough edges into a really great book. If the author has any respect for the effort he put into this project he should reclaim his title from bookworm, finish the job (some reviewers here have even offered to do the job for free!) and then have a book he can be proud of. Like I say, this review refers to the Kindle edition, which could be partially tidied up in no time and re-uploaded. I accept that on some platforms Kindles - even from proper publishers - can display small anomalies which we're not used to seeing in print, and it's quite possible the paper book's formatting is in less bad shape, but from the other reviews here, the lack of editing is the same.
Adrian Scott is doubtless gratified that most reviewers noticed these flaws but generously overlooked them in their ratings, but add them all up on the Kindle version I read and it really does grate. We can all upload anything we like on to Kindle nowadays, but doing it shoddily gives self-publishing a bad name and TRGBFH deserves better.
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Amazing tale of human kindness & generosity 8. Januar 2010
Von Fit Metallica - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I am a motorcyclist and an avid reader of travel books but I have never been moved to write a review until now. This is a superb book, but, in Lance's words, it's not about the bike. In fact, he doesn't give us any info about the bike except that it's a Kawasaki. It doesn't matter (most adventure motorcyclists will be able to figure out which bike he used). What is truly astounding is the way Adrian writes about the places & people he meets along the way. It is remarkable how he uses the power of the written word to draw the places & people in your mind's eye. It's as if you were right there with him it is so vividly described. Once you get past the obvious dearth of editorial "oversight" (syntax, typos, etc), the read gets better from fact incredibly better. Anyone interested in humanity, never mind travel or motorcycles, should read this book.
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