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Publisher's Summary

Thirty five concerts. Seventeen thousand motorcycle miles. Three months. One lifetime. 

In May 2015 the veteran Canadian rock trio Rush embarked on their 40th anniversary tour, R40. For the band and their fans, R40 was a celebration and, perhaps, a farewell. But for Neil Peart, each tour is more than just a string of concerts; it's an opportunity to explore backroads near and far on his BMW motorcycle. So if this was to be the last tour and the last great adventure, he decided it would have to be the best one, onstage and off. 

This third volume in Peart's travel series shares all-new tales that transport the listener across North America and through memories of 50 years of playing drums. From the scenic grandeur of the American West to a peaceful lake in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains to the mean streets of Midtown Los Angeles, each story is shared in an intimate narrative voice that has won the hearts of many listeners. Thoughtful and ever engaging, Far and Wide is an elegant scrapbook of people and places, music and laughter, from a fascinating road - and a remarkable life.

©2016 Neal Peart (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • Michael Davis
  • 2017-01-07

Great Writing, Great Narrator, But Not In Tandem.

Once again, great book by Neil Peart, even though these stories are on his personal website it still makes an interesting read/listen. It really telling on why he doesn't want to tour anymore and not in a snobby way... Though that's where my issues with this audiobook lie.

Previously, Neil's book were read by Brian Sutherland who has a slightly higher pitched version of Neil's voice, but Brian's voice is still sombre and invites you in on the journey and he doesn't seem to force an attitude to the reader.

Now with this audiobook there is a different narrator. He still has an inviting tone, but it unintentionally feels pompous and snobby. I don't think it has to do with the narrator, but more so the narrator and Peart's words, he uses alot of "big words" and has certain observations that, in tandem with the narrators voice, bring out those snobby and pretentious undertones, which in turn gave me a less than enjoyable listening experience.

I must repeat, it's not the book or the narrator alone, it's them in tandem.

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  • Lou
  • 2018-09-17

a great rock and roll road trip

Having been a long time fan of Rush it was a great pleasure although Bittersweet to hear about a farewell to a road trip that Neil did. Hearing all the stories of Backroads small towns out of the way restaurants culminating with a final shows in Los Angeles. Not just a book for Rush rock and roll fans but just a pleasure to hear of a fun road trip with a guy who really appreciate living.

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  • william cozzo
  • 2018-01-12

sometimes 1 + 1 is less than 2

Would you try another book from Neil Peart and/or Paul Hecht?

i have listened to all of Peart's books and they are fine ... I would only listen to Hecht if the work was an epic tale of old ... for example, i could imagine him reading Tolkein to good effect.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Far and Wide?

when the tale of the lost baggage (from a previous book) was unexpectedly resolved

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Hecht’s performances?

perhaps

Do you think Far and Wide needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no - this is the last travelog of Peart's that i ever need to read now that he has retired from Touring with Rush

Any additional comments?

good enough book - fine reader .. but the reader didnt fit the book ... very much too bad that Peart wouldnt read them himself ... absent him, the reader of all the other travelogs wouldve been better

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  • Grady
  • 2017-03-31

just love his writing....

I didn't like the audio book reader at first, I was used to Brian who did all the other books, but he grew on me. His writings suit my ADD brain.

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  • Melinda
  • 2021-04-03

Not Neil Peart's Best Book

I have read all of Neil Peart's books and this one just isn't my favorite. Plus, I really dislike the narration. His other books, especially Roadshow and Ghost Rider are just way better. This one is just more of the same but without the behind the scenes Rush stuff that's in Roadshow and without the emotion of Ghost Rider. Still... It's not a bad book. Just not my favorite by him

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-11-02

Very Good

Every Rush fan should read this. He explains why he retired decisively. However, he does leave room for his mind changing. If this is the end, it's acceptable on all fronts. But, in my opinion, we'll get one more album and show.

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  • John Reay
  • 2021-07-16

Great,just great

Loved the story and history. Also very thought provoking., for this long time fan. Must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-28

Bitter Sweet

Great book didn't want it to end. Really got to know Mr. Peart and his love of the road his family and of course RUSH

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  • Robert S. Yula
  • 2021-03-27

A classic tale by a classic guy

I started listening to Neil’s books a few years ago and it’s been a great discovery to hear all his stories. The only wish I have would be that he would have read them. And I’m lucky, my next book is going to be clockwork angels the novel. I’m looking forward to hearing Neil read that book.

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  • Shane
  • 2021-03-13

Stranger who wondered

Never was a big Rush fan, but they were and still are the favorite band of my former college roommate. Since graduation we have built lives back in our hometowns but stay in touch and hang out when we can. He bought me a ticket to the Portland R40 show, and I was not disappointed.
When Neil died, audible offered his books for free and I am in love! What an author, teaching me more about America than I knew... wishing I had had the opportunity to meet him as Bubba and spent the evening learning about his travels only to later learn of his “work”.
I am inspired and hope to someday ride along some of the same roads he so vividly describes.
I’m headed into my next title now!