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Amazing Adventures of a Nobody: A Life Changing Journey Across America Relying on the Kindness of Strangers

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Aired in 100 Countries Around the World! From the star of the Fox Reality and National Geographic Channel's Adventures of a Nobody In a time of economic anxiety, global terror, and shaken confidence, the Star of the National Geographic Channel's Adventures of a Nobody, Leon Logothetis, shows us what is good about mankind: the simple calling people have to connect to others ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Bettie Young's Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Beth
This was a very light, not very deep, read - just as I expected it would be. Parts of it were enjoyable and reaffirmed the fact that people are mostly kind and good. Other parts of it seemed very contrived and convenient, and set of my "yeah, right" reaction. It just seemed a little too convenient that the author was able to find a place to sleep so easily in every city he ended up in. It just doesn't seem to me that people would be that willing to give food, shelter, and transportation to a com ...more
Katie
Dec 23, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok
I liked Logothetis's message, and I appreciate an inspirational tale of finding oneself. But I think I was a bit skeptical of this whole journey; Logothetis does not entirely explain how he came to have his own television show, or why it was necessary for him to have a tv crew follow him around on this soul-searching expedition. I wondered how many of these interactions and acts of kindness would have happened had a tv crew not been present, or had Logothetis not had an English accent (I know, t ...more
Susan Botich
Oct 11, 2011 Susan Botich rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the first page to the last. I was with Leon every step of the way; laughing, sometimes getting choked up, feeling anxious, exuberant, contemplative, and victorious with each experience he shared. I highly recommend this book! Kudos to Leon for writing his story honestly and writing it with tenderness and great humor!
Matt Clutter
Jun 21, 2012 Matt Clutter rated it it was ok
Eh. It's a little annoying to read about this guy having a life epiphany every chapter. It becomes repetitive. And it's one thing to taut this book as one man's journey to discover the "the kindness of strangers in America," but it's another to do it with a camera crew in tow. That's like cheating.
Beth
Oct 02, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rainy-day-reads
This book is amazing; I highly recommend it to anyone who feels like they're in a rut, or they don't believe that people can be kind anymore. I can tell that it's going to be the kind of book that I go back to when I'm having a bad day.
Bhanu
May 11, 2012 Bhanu rated it it was amazing
The best Adventure.
Grady
Nov 04, 2011 Grady rated it it was amazing
'I was at the mercy of the one thing no human can go without for long: relationships.'

AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A NOBODY is that kind of book that is infectious: once the reader reads the first page the drive to follow this extraordinary tale has begun and attempting to put the book aside for spot reading is impossible. Leon Logothetis has not only found clues to the path of rediscovering humanity thought withered, he proved himself a powerful writer. Very briefly the book relates the adventures of
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Christie Cote
Nov 21, 2011 Christie Cote rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody by Leon Logothetis
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Leon decided after watching Motorcycle Diaries to change his life drastically. He decided to go to New York and travel to California and touch the Hollywood sign. He planned to travel with only five dollars a day and without a car or phone or anything else other than his backpack. To do this he had to depend on the kindness of strangers in a world where we are taught at a young age not to talk to strangers. In a world where every time we
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Allizabeth Collins
May 28, 2012 Allizabeth Collins rated it really liked it
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After watching Motorcycle Diaries, Leon Logothetis decided to change his life drastically by leaving his family in England and traveling through the United States. The catch? He wanted to get from point A (New York) to point B (California) on a budget of five dollars per day, while relying on the kindness of strangers for food, lodging, and transportation. No phone, no car, no extra cash - just a backpack and his belief in the goodness of humanity... This is his story.

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Wendy Hines
Jan 14, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it liked it
When Leon hits his mid-life crisis, he decides the best way to handle things is to meet the world head on. He leaves behind his family, job and life in England to come to the United States. This book chronicles his adventure across the US from New York to the famed Hollywood sign. Giving himself the budget of five dollars a day, he has to get across the country by depending on the generosity of complete strangers. What ensues is not only a life-changing experience, but one that opens his eyes to ...more
Kathleen
Jun 04, 2016 Kathleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: free, arc, memoir-bio
I look at some of the other books I've given 3 stars to, and I wish I could give this 2-1/2. I am on board with the idea that strangers can change our lives in remarkable ways. That's what drew me to this book when I was offered a free copy. But I didn't feel inspired by following someone else learning things that many of us already understand. I also felt a bit awkward reading about this guy depending upon charity when there are so many people who genuinely need it. It was a lighthearted experi ...more
Debra Lowman
Jan 27, 2012 Debra Lowman rated it liked it
After watching Motorcycle Diaries, Leon decides to leave the UK and travel to the states. There he goes from NYC to Hollywood to touch the sign depending completely on the generosity of strangers and $5 a day. The rules are simple, only $5 cash a day, given to him by his team, and he can only accept goods, no cash. For example, someone can buy him a ticket, a sandwich, a hotel room, but no money can be accepted.

His diary ensues. It is funny, touching, a bit unnerving at times as not too far int
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Holland Saltsman
Oct 28, 2011 Holland Saltsman rated it it was amazing
GREAT book about Leon Logothetis (from England) who lands in NYC and with great intention, makes his way to LA on $5/day. Leon must rely on the kindness of strangers and with grand adventures, he makes his way across the US. I know 5 stars is a bit much but maybe I'm easily swayed as I got the chance to meet Leon yesterday in St. Louis and catch a ride in his Kindness Cab www.thekindnesscab.com. Absolutely amazing fella with an amazing spirit and an amazing goal of bringing more kindness into ou ...more
James
May 04, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
Amazing read from start to finish. What a guy!

Leon recently invited me to write a guest blog for his site and I could pick anything that inspired me as the topic. I picked travelogues and you can read it here so if you liked Leon's book you might like this:
http://leonlogothetis.com/blog/2012/0...
Kelle
Dec 28, 2011 Kelle rated it really liked it
I didn't realize that this was a TV series. Anyway, I thought that the idea was interesting and I enjoyed following his experiences. I thought that he was a little self-centered to go off and expect people to help him along without giving anything back, but I loved that others helped him. There is a little language in this book...
Jeff Lenhart
Feb 11, 2015 Jeff Lenhart rated it it was amazing
This was a book that I had trouble putting down! Leon Logothetis does a great job of telling his story of his journey across America, relying on kindness!
Leon has inspired me in many ways! I strongly encourage everyone to read this book and his newest book, "The Kindness Diaries!"
Both books have inspired me, and I know they will inspire you!!
Preston
Nov 15, 2015 Preston rated it really liked it
I had a realization that I'm overly cynical, also I'm trying to find happiness and positivity in life. This book provides some guidance, though at times it felt a bit hokey and slow. But it's an easy read. Just have fun with it.
Rachel Pelham
Jul 11, 2013 Rachel Pelham rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs, travel
A good book, truly. It got a little redundant and sappy at some points, but otherwise, Logothetis proves to be an awesome adventurer.
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Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn't always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries.

The days of living and working behind his 'slab of wood' (or de
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