Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively subzero desolation of snowbound Finland.
Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-breathed Russian hostility, Romanian landslides and a diet of dumplings, Moore and his 'so-small bicycle' are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods, plus a shameful addiction to Magic Man energy drink.
Haunted throughout by the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse - at a time of ratcheting East-West tension.
After three months, 20 countries and a 58 degree jaunt up the centigrade scale, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older.
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By Marco on 22-10-17
funny, informative, quality impersonations
My favourite parts were the authors impressions of the locals and people he met and his descriptions of particular situations he found himself in.
He lost me a little bit on the whole Cold war history lesson but i learned lots i didn't know about that time and how it affected and still shapes the countries he passes through.
Well worth a read and will be recommending to friends.
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By Ken on 08-06-18
The worst narrator I've ever heard...
Why do authors wish to be the narrator of their own audiobooks when they clearly have not got the delivery timing, tone and ability to bring out the personality and emotion in the words through spoken word which they very clearly can do in writing.
Tried my best to engage in this book but after around an hour I gave up....
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By James on 17-07-17
Iron Curtain Shopping Bike
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
A very funny, travel adventure. Reflections on the Soviet Union countries during the Cold War era and that world as it appears today. Worth reading to the very end.
What did you like best about this story?
it was a grand adventure, funny, relatable, educational, poignant and thought provoking.
Which character – as performed by Tim Moore – was your favorite?
It's autobiographical, there can only be The One.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
That 19yr old East German kid who didn't make it past the border guards and that tree. You will know what I mean when you come to it.
Any additional comments?
Highly recommended. It's not how fast the journey is but what you experience along the way. Another cracker from Tim Moore.