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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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Great Listen

Good story. Worth the listen. Inspires you to drop everything and travel. Thanks to the author for sharing.

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Travel and insight

Great book.
Sam Manicom has a very honest way of writing.
Sam is so well spoken I felt like I was reliving his adventure through the eyes of someone even more open minded that myself. I found myself skipping back to the beginning of the chapter (on numerous occassions) because I was so drawn in.

I love travel and to he perfectly honest the thought of traveling Africa has always intimidated me.
that certainly is not the case anymore.

I reccomend this book.

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  • Scooterboy
  • 2015-12-09

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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  • Paul V Hoffman
  • 2017-05-31

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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  • TDeck
  • 2017-11-02

An exceptional vicarious adventure

Into Africa is a brilliant tale told by the author himself. The sense of adventure is sharpened by hearing it told by the same individual who experienced it. You can sense how the trip effected him on a personal level, as I'm sure it would have effected virtually all of us. The crackling sound of a campfire would have made you believe you were there, with him, hearing the stories first hand.
Exceptional descriptions paint a picture of these strange and exotic locations. The listener feels themselves being transformed by the adventure, and comes away with a new perspective on this remarkable continent. I truly enjoyed the audio format of this great book. For those who have not been able to travel far and wide, sit back and enjoy taking part in a fantastic adventure to another world.
Well done Mr Manicom!

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  • kacey elkins
  • 2017-09-29

great story!

I met Sam at the AIMExpo and after meeting him I had to hear more of his story and it did not disappoint, THIS Book will make you want to get out on your own rideing adventure! cant wait to listen to the rest of his books .

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  • Michael Olsen
  • 2021-01-14

Great read.... or listen.

Makes me want to pick up and take an adventure ride somewhere. Great details . I felt like I was there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-22

Thoroughly enjoy listening too...

I truly enjoyed this audio book, Sam has a great way of painting a vivid picture and feeling for the listener. 10/10 will read/listen to this book as well as give Sams other books a listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-23

Captivating

Most captivating Audible listen to date. Immediately started Under Asian Skies as soon as it ended. I'm sure I will continue until I finish all of Sam's work!

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  • Mike K.
  • 2019-12-28

I felt like I was there!

A perfect combination of travel journalism, cultural insight, and motorcycle mishaps. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to take a trip through Africa during the upheaval of the 90’s, and in many senses I’m glad it was the author and not me! A great listen, and very well done. It has me really looking forward for my next bike trip.

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  • Steve
  • 2019-09-12

inspirational

Much better hearing it from the one who experienced it. I felt as if he were telling the story for the first time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-22

Fueling the desire

This book merely serves to fuel my desire to travel Africa by motorcycle. Specifically, on my Africa Twin. What an outstanding read (listen)! Sam brings life and excitement to his book with his narration. I finished this, and the next week I had the great fortune of meeting Mr. Manicom in person at Overland Expo West 2019. I’ve listened to him on a podcast for some time and always thought him to be a stand-up guy so like a teenage fanboy, when I recognized him I ran to shake his hand. He truly is as kind in person as he appears in book and podcast. I look forward to hearing more from Sam in the future!