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2.81 of 5 stars 2.81  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  50 reviews
WARNING: Are you easily offended by the “F” word? Do you find it hard to read a collection of stories written by someone who might have some off color humor, tells it like it is, and genuinely wants you to feel like you are there with him rather than experiences that are sugarcoated? Then Travel Unscripted is not for you. If you’re looking for a guide book, a book of trave ...more
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published January 9th 2012 by Highpoint Executive Publishing
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Carol Smith
Disclosure: Won on GoodReads.

I don't have cable TV and have never heard of Mark Murphy before. I signed up to win his book solely because a) I love travel, and b) the title is a surefire hook. The best travel is unscripted travel. The best moments in travel are generally those that are either unplanned or those that throw up obstacles to one's plans. I thought, "This book is totally gonna be up my alley!"

Given the stated premise of both the author's business and the book itself, I was expecting
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Cheryl
Absolutely. Hands down. HILARIOUS. Mark Murphy is ridiculously crazy, but it's fantastic. He's not afraid to try something new or different! That's awesome. When it comes to traveling, you need an open mind to truly grasp new cultures and concepts, and Murphy does just that, which is probably why he is so successful at what he does. It's like he has no comfort zone. He's up for anything.

Travel stories. Who doesn't love them? Now mix in crazy foods, exotic places, and a camera man who can't seem
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Susan Visser
This book wasn't anything like I expected. I love to travel and everywhere I go I meet awesome people and add to my collection of stories. I fully expected this book to be somewhat the same as my experiences, but what I found was very disappointing:

Repetitive, judgmental, and whiny author: 3 or more stories about eating disgusting foods, one really disgusting story about the authors germ-phopia, easily 4 stories about bathrooms and what he left behind, 3 stories about people telling him what to
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Jill
I won this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway, and that fact has no effect on my review.

I just honestly really did not enjoy this book. I won it in a giveaway and feel so badly to write a review that's this bad, but I want to be completely honest. The book was not the least bit interesting or funny to me, and I normally like travel topics and funny tales from authors' personal experiences. I'm really disappointed. It was just really boring and it started off that way and I kept hanging in the
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Barry
Boring, poorly written. Shouldn't be a book... it was barely a blog.
Rob
Kindle material for a camp fire.

This book had so little about actual travel experiences that a hotel lobby brochure would be a better choice for reading material. There was a very long self-congratulating story about how the company got started mined with "hilarious anecdotes about the employees" which really were more like juvenile put-downs; I pity the people who work for this guy!
The stories about Vegas and the trip cruise with the "GILF" (he really did use that term) felt to me like they wer
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Lori
i WON THIS AS A GOOD READS FIRST READS BOOK. this book is from Mark Murphy and his travels around the world for the last 20years. I get that since this is unscripted, we get to see him film places around the world as he comes across people he finds interesting. instead of rehearsed. he tries to use humor in this book that can be funny at times but more often NOT funny. some of Mark Murphy's writing I found annoying and even mean spirited { for example he goes in to detail about how ugly and unat ...more
Dianna
Not ever seeing any of Mark Murphy's Travel Unscripted shows, I had no idea what to expect. But these are the stories of his travels all over the world to unusual places with no script or plan in mind ("Don't ask for permission, ask for forgiveness"). Everywhere Mark and his crew go, they try to do it off the cuff to get the unpredictable. It is written with some gory details about food he has tried, back roads and dark alleys he ventured on, with lots of humor thrown in. ("I expected our second ...more
Santa
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I enjoyed reading about Mark's travel experiences from places around the globe. I felt like I was living vicariously through him. I've traveled some (US, Canada, Italy, many cruises) so could appreciate the cultural differences and food stories. Some of the things that he wrote about were so funny - you can't make up some of that stuff! I think it would be interesting if he wrote a book focusing on places right here in the USA. If he d ...more
Laura
Mark Murphy's tone and humor definitely reminded me of Anthony Bourdain, as many other reviewers have mentioned. It was pretty funny early on, but towards the end he started losing me. Some chapters seemed like rants about his own personal annoyances on the job, and those really made me lose interest and lost some ratings points from me. The interactive e-book was fun, since videos of the exact situations Mark talked about were able to be watched on my Kindle Fire without interrupting my reading ...more
Jessica
I won this as part of a Goodreads FirstReads giveaway.
This book is chapters and chapters of the travela of Mark Murphy. I thought most of the anecdotes were pretty funny. Several of the foodstuffs described turned my stomach. And I would be lying if I said I didn't feel a little joy that some of his antics caused gastronomic discomfort (it's the green eyes jealousy monster that causes it). My biggest complaint is that the chapters almost seem more blog entry than book. They isn't a lot of connec
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Donna
I love the thought of traveling around the world and visiting so many of the countries reviewed by the author in this book. However, I learned a lot about what foods to avoid (the eel), which cities and areas of the cities to avoid (Bangkok). I love the idea behind Travel Unscripted - interviews and experiences with the locals, mostly off the beaten path. This Goodreads giveaway is a book I'll definitely hold on to and refer to when making future travel plans.
Steve
Disclosure: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thanks to the publishers for the opportunity to read this book for an unbiased review.

Reads a bit like Dave Barry. Recommended for anyone who likes to read about travel.

Double recommended for anyone that likes to read about television production under unpredictable circumstances.
Linda
Mark Murphy travels for his video blog, and he does it all without a script. This book includes many of his behind-the-story stories, and it is very funny. The digital book includes links to his short videos that he talks about in this book. When I get a hankering to travel and I don't have time, I like to read about other people's adventures, and this was fun.
David Richardson
I received this book for free from the Goodreads first-read giveaway. I thought this was a really good travel book. It reads just like a collection of short stories, which I love. Some of the stories are really funny. Has some pictures and is quick to read.
Lourdes
For me travelling to exotic places (even if it's just a few hours from where you live) always has adventures worth sharing with friends. This book maybe a little too honest, but I still like the idea of an "unscripted" travel book. A keeper.
Karen


Entertaining look at the travel business. Only thing I got tired of was when he kept talking about how old someone was, or how large a person was. Otherwise I enjoyed this book and would read more by the author.
Jen
As an armchair traveler, I really enjoyed this book. I found Mr. murphy and his crew's adventures entertaining. There is bonus material on line to go with the book. I found that it enhanced the stories.

I recommend this book!
Cheryl
I won this book on a goodreads giveaway. I found this book both very entertaining and informative. I watched the videos on-line after each chapter and I felt like I was right there with Mark and his crew.
Joan
This book was interesting stories of experiences filming the videos for Travel Unscripted. I hadn't heard of the show prior to reading the book. I will have to look it up.
Marc
Enjoyed Mr. Murphy's light-hearted taled about his travels associated with filming a travel show in a non-traditional manner. Good read!
Vitaliy
A really interesting book which is both fun and entertaining. Every travelers must read :)
Jess
Any FirstReads win is exciting, but getting something beyond my regular romance novel was an extra thrill. Because of that, when I received "Travel Unscripted" in the mail, I decided to start it right away. I gently took off the book jacket to find a hardcover more beautiful than most - pale Robin's egg blue with silver text on the spine. I opened it up to find a high-quality book. The first page made that traditional "crack" that gives all true bibliophiles a secret little thrill. The pages are ...more
Jessi Clark-white
Travel Unscripted is one agonizing tumble off a cliff away from awesome. Exotic locales, bizarre travel stories, and a well-honed sense of humor make for good reading, or should. There are three things that potential readers should know; if they don't bother you, you will probably enjoy the ride.

1. The humor is mean. Don't get me wrong, the guy is funny and his style reminds me of Jon Stewart and Dave Barry, two of my favorite comedians. What those two have learned is how to poke fun at mistakes
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Helena
I received this book from Goodreads First Read. When I first won this book, I wondered why I even signed up for the giveaway. I think I was overzealous and not paying close attention, because this is definitely not my style of book. Since I had already won, and it was staring me in the face, I decided that I should read it anyhow.

I dug into the book expecting a long boring description of how the website started. I was pleasantly surprised, although there is a lot of information about the website
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Marguerite Czajka
Oct 13, 2012 Marguerite Czajka rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one.
Given my love of traveling (24 countries and counting) and the way I like to travel (on my own), I thought I'd enjoy this book. I barely got through half. The author seems to be the type of traveler that give Americans a bad name. He takes a picture of a man passed out in a hotel hallway and posts it on the internet and publishes it in his book, along with trying to track the guy on Facebook. Not that I approve of drinking so much you can't reach your hotel room, but taking the picture is juveni ...more
David
The book a series of unrelated travel anecdotes that would be best told over the fourth or fifth beer at a bar. Even then, only one or two at a time would be bearable. The stories are short, poorly written, and are in no way unique. The vast majority of these stories are variations of "kinda funny things that happened while I was traveling". Anyone who has done any traveling of their own has plenty of the same experiences, and they can probably spin a better story out of them.

It's also obvious t
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Terry
A humorous book about the perils of world travel.

Written in a light-hearted, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, style, Murphy recounts his travels around the world with his filming crew, and what goes on behind the scenes. This is not a book about travel destinations, or about world history. It is about strange foods, translation issues, drinking in foreign countries, being sick in foreign countries, and using the loo in various countries. It is organized in short chapters, so it would make an excelle
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Thomas
Dec 13, 2014 Thomas rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: Amazon bargain
Shelves: travel
Uneven book

This book is tied up in the author's ego. Parts of it are interesting, parts are boring and some parts fall into the category of TMI(too much information)--as in his detailed description of an episode of traveler's diarrhea. The part about Japanese toilets was interesting.
The video hookups failed to open on my kindle.
Catherine
An interesting idea -- an ebook with embedded videos (though if your e-reader doesn't support this feature, you will have to visit the companion web site to watch the videos). If only the content was equally interesting. Despite the constant emphasis on the "unscripted" nature of this travel reporting, it felt anything but. In fact, the frequent mentions of a specific cruise line made it seem downright commercial. The book is merely a supplement to the videos, providing more of a behind-the-scen ...more
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Mark Murphy is a charismatic and slightly neurotic germophobe who makes a living gallavanting around the world, visiting more than 70 countries to date! He is frequently seen partying with exotic locals in clubs one day and producing professional travel content for his Travalliancemedia network the next. His penchant for all things Far East including copious amounts of Asian food has dubbed his na ...more
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