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Following the fantastic success of his best-selling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle returns with a hilarious, heartwarming account of leaving Newfoundland and discovering Canada for the first time.

Armed with the same personable, candid style found in his first book, Alan Doyle turns his perspective outward from Petty Harbour toward mainland Canada, reflecting on what it was like to venture away from the comforts of home and the familiarity of the island.

Often in a van, sometimes in a bus, occasionally in a car with broken wipers "using Bob's belt and a rope found by Paddy's Pond" to pull them back and forth, Alan and his bandmates charted new territory, and he constantly measured what he saw of the vast country against what his forefathers once called the Daemon Canada. In a period punctuated by triumphant leaps forward for the band, deflating steps backward, and everything in between - opening for Barney the Dinosaur at an outdoor music festival, being propositioned at a gas station mail-order bride service in Alberta, drinking moonshine with an elderly churchgoer on a Sunday morning in PEI - Alan's few established notions about Canada were often debunked, and his own identity as a Newfoundlander was constantly challenged. Touring the country, he also discovered how others view Newfoundlanders and how skewed these images can sometimes be. Asked to play in front of the queen at a massive Canada Day festival on Parliament Hill, the concert organizers assured Alan and his bandmates that the best way to showcase Newfoundland culture was for them to be towed onto stage in a dory and introduced not as Newfoundlanders but as "Newfies". The boys were not amused.

Heartfelt, funny, and always insightful, these stories tap in to the complexities of community and Canadianness, forming the portrait of a young man from a tiny fishing village trying to define and hold on to his sense of home while navigating a vast and diverse and wonder-filled country.

©2017 Alan Doyle (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

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Entertaining from start to finish

Just loved this light hearted read! Read well and written by a true story teller. For me, it was over too soon.

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Hilarious storyteller

I loved this book! Allan Doyle tells a great story.I laughed so hard at times I had to stop the car!!

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Very good

T'was a good audiobook, indeed it was, A good audiobook it was, I'd buy it again.

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Priceless!

Thanks Alan for the great narration of your book! Similar to your story of leaving Newfoundland, going across Canada and learning about Canada, I had much the same experience when I immigrated to Canada (Winnipeg) from the US over 20 years ago. I’d seen most of the US growing up but when I moved here as a 31 year old I wondered how I’d be able to see Canada like I saw the states. So at age 50, I rode my bike across Canada from Victoria, BC to St. Johns, NL. But isn’t it interesting to meet such wonderful people in cities and villages, experience the local foods, and the ever changing geography all across the country. It’s all different, all across Canada but united under a common flag. You and your band mates have truly touched millions in Canada and abroad. I was hooked in 1998-99 when I first heard your music, and loved the show at Portage and Main in 2000 in Winnipeg. Perhaps it’s the inner sailer in me (U S Navy 10 years) or probably more likely, your kitchen party music just warms the heart and sole and just brings family and friends together to celebrate a good life and good times. Your story telling is great, I laughed countless times at your jokes and you vividly recreate bar rooms and situations you went thru masterfully. Maybe one day you and the boys can resolve your issues and tour again- Winnipeg and CANADA miss Great Big Sea. And if not, thanks man for the good times, great great memories of the concerts we did see, and another great book.

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Alan Doyle’s story telling is outstanding!

I am a Newfoundlander who lives in Toronto. I was enthralled by Alan Doyle’s story telling — one of the best audible books I have listened to since I started Audible over a year ago. I laughed, I cried, and boy, did I get homesick listing to his Petty Harbour accent. This is an incredible listen and I can’t wait to listen to the next one. With Covid-19 limiting travel to Newfoundland, felt like I was a little closer to home. This book brought me back to my roots and I found myself laugh out loud many times!! Now all I need is a fight “home” and Mom’s home-cooked turkey dinner with gravy. Thanks Alan!

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Love the lilt of his voice!

Enjoyed the anecdotes if his life and band adventures. Allan Doyle would be a great next door neighbor

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loved it!

loved this book. wanted to start it over again as soon as I finished it. made me miss my home family and friends back on Newfoundland.

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A Newfoundland band explores Canada

Love how Great Big Sea's lead Alan Doyle remembers traveling for the first time across Canada in the early 1990s as GBS was starting. Alan meets interesting people and places, tells us about crazy gigs and is in awe of the wonders of this vast country.

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Felt like home!

let me start by saying, I'm a Newfoundlander. I was pretty sure I would enjoy this book and it did not disappoint. Alan Doyle is first and foremost a story teller, a Newfoundland story teller! some many entertaining adventures retold through the eyes of this extraordinary band and the road to success. so many laughs! wicked read.

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My Beautiful Country

I so enjoyed Alan’s adventure across our beautiful land. I will never have the opportunity to experience that trip, but I felt I soaked up the essence of this magnificent country as I travelled in my mind along with Alan Doyle.

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  • Deedra
  • 2017-12-28

A Newfoundlander

Alan Doyle is always entertaining.He tells the stories of the early days of Great Big Sea in this new book.It's great!

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  • 2020-09-16

A wicked blend of “cheeks and tongue” served up with tongue in cheek

Alan Doyle does a fine job of sharing the hard knock life of making it as a Canadian artist. This book could very well be the Canadiana love child of Jack Kerouac and Gordon Pinsent.

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  • Sarah M. Edwards
  • 2020-07-09

A funny & poignant memoir of a Newfoundland legend

Alan Doyle was the leader singer of Great Big Sea for more than twenty years. In this book, he recounts the band's early days traveling across Canada on their first national tour. With a dry wit and folksy storytelling voice, Alan does well in putting listeners into the often hilarious situations that GBS found themselves in as they went from pub to pub trying to make a name for themselves. Highly recommended.

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  • Minnie Sue
  • 2020-05-23

Loved everything about this!

LOVED this memoir of a natural born story teller on the road with his band discovering his country for the first time. The stories were hilarious, honest, warm, insightful and make me want to meet every person and see every site he described along his way. And nothing beats hearing him read it himself!

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  • M. D.
  • 2020-01-23

Thank you Mr Doyle

As a Canuck far from home, I love to find stories by other ordinary Canadians (despite their celebrity) about life in our great nation of the North. Mr Doyle’s stories provided many smiles and laughs these last couple days. Thank you kind Sir!

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  • Patrick Bjorndal
  • 2019-06-23

Very Enjoyable

Have listened to it a couple times now, very entertaining! Love the stories of traveling and incidents.

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  • G. R. Boelsems
  • 2018-08-18

Great listen from a great story teller

Really enjoyed listening to Alan Doyle tell his story. I Look forward to the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-21

Does Newfoundland proud

Made me proud to be a Newfoundlander. Alan writes as well as he sings. Looking forward to his second book, which I'm starting now.

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  • 2018-03-19

Doyle's story-telling skills are remarkable

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This is as wonderful to listen to--in Doyle's wonderful, rambling voice--as his first book, Boy on the Bridge. Those who read the book rather than choose the audible version, are missing fully half the charm, humor and mischief. It's especially true when he breaks into song, accent or impression. Easily one of my top three audiobooks, after 120 monthly audible deliveries.
I can only hope he's working on a third. Perhaps a down East mystery caper?

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  • Raymond K Czap
  • 2018-01-31

Felt like i was on tour with the boys in the band

Alan Doyle is real.. humorous...geographically insightful since ive never been to the Canadian Maritime Provinces