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The Further Adventures of An Idiot Abroad

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Everyone's favorite idiot is back, in this hysterical follow-up to An Idiot Abroad. Safely home from his latest travels, Karl Pilkington has decided it is time to share his hard-earned wisdom of the world. Taking the Bucket List of "100 Things to Do Before You Die" as his starting point, Karl combines brilliant stories from his recent adventuresto Alaska, Siberia, and beyo ...more
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published September 20th 2012 by Canongate Books
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Danni The Girl
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reading
I really like Karl Pilkington. He is my kind of person. What's all the fuss about?
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first because as Karl says you get used to Ricky and Stephen stitching him up to do stuff he doesn't want to do and by now you know how Karl will react.
It is an interesting read and defiantly makes me want to go on more adventures such as Route 66. I would avoid any type of cuddle party though, that is most certainly not my idea of fun.
Nick Davies
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Bought for me as a gift, this was unexpectedly good - though I am aware of Pilkington and his friends, I've never really followed the TV show or read any previous books of his (though I do recall being impressed with a documentary he made about intelligence a few years ago) but do know people who find him really funny.

I wouldn't go that far, as amusing and pleasant a read as it was. I like the 'ordinary man abroad' type of schtick that the books are written with, the conversational style works w
Akmal A.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I never heard of Karl Pilkington before. When I found this book, I read on must-do-list when going to travel and some of the list is funny and ridiculous. I love to read about others experience, on how they felt during the trip, what's the biggest problem they had faced, and how they handle the situation. I think Karl's experience is very extra ordinary. He doesn't like to do bungee jumping and I like the way he describe why do people wasting their money to do a game that only last few seconds. ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic. I love Karl. I have seen all three series by was not aware that he wrote books as well. I read this on a long bus trip and laughed myself silly the entire trip. It is one those books that occasionally you feel like maybe he really is an idiot, but maybe, just maybe, he is untouched genius. Who's to say!
Evan Macrone (Will Work For Books)
Karl is such a cinnamon roll of a man, with an such an incredibly interesting look at the world that's surprisingly down-to-earth, that he's one of those people who you can't have a NOT interesting conversation with yet still feel like you're talking to some everyday guy off the street.

Many people will have very conflicted opinions with him, and many will disagree with what he says, but his mind is so entertaining to look into that you can't help but read on. I'm so glad they made sure he was
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
The bucket list.

100 spectacular things to do or see before you die.

Or in the case of this idiotic, bald Manc twat he can whinge and whine about them.

Basically following Karl on his journey on Season 2 of the Idiot Abroad where he is supposedly allowed greater control of what he wants to do(of course Ricky and Stephen throw their own twists to the plot)
Thrown in the middle (sometimes quite literally and in no particular order except for probably a vague Karl-like belief that they are related) are
Gary Davis
This book started out being quite funny. I enjoyed Karl's unusual outlook and his down to earth reasoning. He seems to reflect what many people think but are afraid to say. Every once in a while Karl comes out with a gem that makes you think about why we do some things. The book does drag on though. The last third of the book see,s rushed, almost like a kid getting tired of writing an essay. Worth reading, but not great.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one wasn't quite as wonderful as the first one, but it was still really enjoyable.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hesitant to finish this book because it is so funny and I didn't want it to end, but eventually my curiosity got the better of me and I needed to keep finding out what Karl's thoughts were about his worldwide experiences. I am so sad that this book had to end because I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the first-hand glimpse of Karl's thoughts! He is HILARIOUS!

Luckily, my memory has the ability to hold some memorable quotes in this book, so I will never forget the things that made me laugh here. Also, I
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to say, this installment of the Idiot Abroad series didn't tickle me quite as much as its predecessor. Firstly, I preferred the diary style of the first book, but I do understand, having read the introduction, why Pilkington chose to go for chapters this time. It was also missing that 'laugh-a-minute' charm of the first book; it was still funny, and it had a couple of laugh-out-loud moments, but they weren't as frequent.

Having just finished the first book, the conclusion was almost comple
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in a bookstore and i thought it would be just a normal book About a guy traveling the world and following a bucket list. In General most of the adventures were exicting and i loved his Humor, because i sat on my Garage and really started to laugh. For me the Problem with thhis book was the structur. Pikington did not really explain how they come to another place and so it ishard to come in a reaading flow. Also sometimes his pessimistic worldview crossed the line from being fu ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Despite the name of his books, Karl Pilkington is probably no idiot. Why do I say that? Because it's deuced hard to write funny stuff. And he does that in a wonderfully honest and engaging manner.

This book (as well as the predecessor - The Adventures of an Idiot Abroad) are laugh out loud funny. Pick 'em up and give 'em a try; I think you'll like 'em.
Sorami Wong
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never watched the TV series and never heard of Karl before I come across this book in the library. He makes me laughed all the way through reading while at the same time gain a lot from what he saw. I like what he thinks towards the bucket list especially bungee jumps. I am glad I started reading this. It is just so funny.
Katie Warburton
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. I’m a big fan or Karl and his way of seeing the world. Definitely worth reading.
Rachel Harrison
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First book I've ever loud at.
Great plane reading, good distraction, doesn't require much concentration.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Made me laugh!
Annie Green
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book was entertaining, one part always makes me laugh until I cry. Worth a read if you liked the series.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mildly amusing. TV series hilarious. Just a spin off rip off. Get the dvd instead
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyably goofy point of view. Fun read if you want to listen to a person complaining about some of the greatest adventures a person could experience.
Holly Harmsworth
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have watched all his TVs programs and found him so funny and wasn't disappointed when I read the book. His humour comes across really well and I found myself laughing as I read it. Would defiantly recommend it to people.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This travel diary recollecting events from the second series of "An Idiot Abroad" features Pilkington checking off as many bucket list items as possible. With such experiences including climbing Mt. Fuji, driving Route 66, whale-watching, and traversing the Tras-Siberian railway, Pilkington shares his insight as to what he learned from his experiences with humor and the good-natured wisdom only a simpleton could share.

The first series of the show had Pilkington visiting the Seven Wonders of the
Mohammad Ali Abedi
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Sam said I could discover who I really am by doing a bungee. I hope by now, aged 38, I know who I am. If I'm actually someone else what a waste all these years have been."

Second book after the second series of “An Idiot Abroad” is different than the previous book. This time he doesn’t write it like a diary because he wouldn’t keep record while travelling. While it is about his second set of travels for the show, Karl writes not just about his recent travels but also some of his past activities,
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I came across this book at the airport, I was almost laughing my heart out. In the two pages that I was able to read then, it seemed like a really interesting concept and frankly, I thought the writing was witty. So I downloaded the Kindle edition as soon as I got back to India. At first, Karl's non-insights about the places he visits were humorous. But somewhere along the way, he lost the plot. It started getting to me that a person being paid to see places that are a dream for many people ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

I finished this this morning, and I've loved every minute of reading it!

The first one was great too. I read both after watching the TV series, which I really enjoyed.

In this one, Karl takes on some of the things from the top 100 things to do before you die Bucket list. This includes Spending a night on his own Desert Island, Traveling the Trans-Siberian Railway, Going Wing Walking, Seeing the Gorillas in their natural habitat, Traveling Route 66, and much more! T
Samantha Dewhurst
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bucket-list
I absolutly love Karl Pilkington and as soon as I saw this in the shop I knew I had to have it. I had previously read his other book 'An Idiot Abroad' and found it highly amusing. This book is about a bucket list which Ricky and Steve come up with and they want Karl to do some things on the list. Some which they have already set up for him to do, some of which Karl choses to take part in himself.I have listened to Karl on the podcasts he does with Steve and Ricky and often there are mentions of ...more
Elizabeth Cárdenas
Once again Karl is forced to experience what other's may put on a "bucket list" but which he doesn't even want to think about doing.

On running with the bulls in Pamplona: "What is it with Spain? If they are not throwing tomatoes at each other they're running down alleyways avoiding rampaging bulls! It's like they're living in a computer game. I suppose this is what happens when you live in a place that has good weather most of the year round - people come up with daft outside events."

What can I
I think I liked the second series of An Idiot Abroad. I liked it way more than the third series, anyway, because Warwick thingie really annoys me. The first series was good, but I think the second one was the best. Karl Pilkington makes me laugh and even though I hate Ricky Gervais, I think it's a good show.
It was nice reading the book because it gave a bit more insight to Karl's thoughts during filming. Even though people think he's an idiot (hence the name of the show) I think some of his idea
Amy Watt
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Karl Pilkington is amazing. Nothing wows him - everything disappoints. And some of the stuff he comes out with is hilarious!

This book is about the second series (in case you hadn't guessed by the title). And it's just as funny as the first one. I preferred the layout of this one as it had more photos throughout the book instead of a few after every section - it meant we could see more of Karl's gormless expressions.

Also, Karl Pilkington has to be one of the luckiest people ever to travel around
Lynette Howard
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is such an easy read and is full of laugh out loud moments. Had to tear myself away from it this morning as I was running the risk of being late for work..I love the fact that it is written how Karl would speak, so many writers use the expected english vocabulary rather than our used dialect and slang terms. As a Manc living in a tiny Wigan village (think Hot Fuzz)I miss Manchester folk and their dry, sarcastic humour.
A real treat to read, but I wouldn't advise reading this on public trans
Jo Everett
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have seen the Idiot Abroad series that this book was based on, but despite already knowing about Karl Pilkington's adventures I was drawn into the book due to the illustrations and quirky narrative style. It was by no means a challenging read, but still an enjoyable one. When you want to switch off from the world, sink your teeth into something easy-going and just relax this is the perfect read. It's a humorous take on a travel bio, and for those who know Karl's attitude towards life a giggle ...more
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Karl Pilkington is a Sony Award-winning English radio producer, poet, podcaster, raconteur and author, best known for producing and co-presenting The Ricky Gervais Show on London radio station Xfm from 2001 to 2005 and later in the form of podcasts and a television show on HBO. In October 2006, Pilkington's first book The World of Karl Pilkington was published, featuring original ideas and drawing ...more
“The problem is, these days you have to listen to too many parts of your body. Sometimes I go with my gut feeling, some say go with what your heart says - it's only a matter of time before my appendix will have an opinion. This is probably why there are so many helplines these days. No one knows who to bloody listen to!” 10 likes
“I’ve found out that Malakula was named by Captain James Cook. It comes from the French mal au cul which means ‘pain in the arse’ after Cook found it difficult to deal with cannibals, volcanoes and other annoying features. It’s good to know proper explorers sometimes share the feelings I have on my travels.” 4 likes
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