Some of the Greatest Travel and Adventure Stories For Long Car Journeys.

Travel and adventure are subjects that appeal to most readers and listeners of audiobooks- the intrigue of learning about other lands and cultures, the fear of the unknown, the excitement of new discovery and the triumph when a success is made. We feel as if we are travelling along with the author, be it a fictional tale or a true-life account. Here are examples of some of the greatest travel and adventure stories the world has seen; and a great source of entertainment on extended car journeys.

Possibly one of the oldest travel accounts published is Travels, by
Marco Polo, circa 1278. Dictated to a scribe whom he shared a cell with in Genoa, the book tells us of Polo's overland journey across Asia. There is little peril described, but much of the riches and customs of the cultures he came across. Travels has been commented on as "the founding adventure book of the modern world".

On a slightly more modern and colder note, My Life as an Explorer by
Roald Amundsen (1927) is a first-hand account of the travelling exploits of the man who beat Scott to the South Pole, and was the first to sail the Northwest Passage.

Someone who lived with a different culture is Heinrich Harrer. Seven Years in Tibet describes how he escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in India and headed for the mountains of Tibet. He ended up in Lhasa, and there became friends with the young Dalai Lama. The book was made into a film many years later, with Brad Pitt in the title role.

Fiction has also given us some excellent travel stories. Probably the best known is Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne. This classic novel tells us of the English gentleman Phileas Fogg and Passepartout, his valet. Phileas has taken on a bet from the Reform Club that he can travel from the Club, around the globe and back to the Club in 80 days. Travelling through Egypt, India, Hong Kong, America and Ireland, will they make it back in time to win the bet?

Another fictional, and this time rather fantastical, travel account is The Lost World by the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The novel explores a plateau of South America where dinosaurs still roam, and the humans and ape-men that share the island with them. It centres on a scientist who wishes to prove the existence of the plateau, and puts his own life in peril by doing so.

Treasure Island is a novel with a more seafaring flavour, written by
Robert Louis Stevenson. Narrated by cabin boy Jim Hawkins, the novel explores the world of pirates on the sea in a voyage to the Caribbean for buried treasure and is full of swashbuckling and mystery. If you are intrigued by these storirs, w
hy not check out AudioGo for audiobook CD’s and downloads to liven up your car journeys. 

 

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