The Amazing Journey: True Story of a Father and Son's Odyssey Around the World
In the spirit of adventure, Grady and Austin’s route and activities are kept secret—even from family—until after the journey. They complete daily, self-imposed Journey Tasks meant to deliberately immerse each into cultu ...more
Some of the writing seemed forced - as if the author was trying to find deep significance when he didn't really feel it. His humor of comparison between his middle aged self and his son also seemed inauthentic.
A lot of the journey seemed to be about checking t ...more
THIS BOOK IS A STRONG RECOMMENDATION.
It truly is an amazing journey.
I received The Amazing Journey through NetGalley for an honest review and once again, visiting the GoodReads page, I'm shocked that I'm one of the few who have expressed interest. I should state that I'm not even a big fan of memoirs, neither do I often read non-fiction books.
But I do love travel, listening about travel, watching pictures and so on. I honestly don't think that there is some...more
I thoroughly enjoyed following Grady and Austin around the globe through The Amazing Journey. They went to some of the big spots such as the Eiffel Tower and Angkor Wat, but also investigated local traditions and lore, getting a more authentic feel of the places they visited and the people they met along the way. In China, after meeting a shopkeeper, they were invited to his home to learn to make authentic Chinese dumplings, which w ...more
This to me is the crux of Grady Hick’s book, “The Amazing Journey”.
Hicks and his son Austin share a really close bond. He is a devoted and tremendously proud father. Austin had just finished high school and was preparing to enter the adult world. He had lived a sheltered life, growing up in middle-class America.
Hicks wanted to open his son’s eyes by showing him the world.
But not ...more
Taking place in the transitional period between high school and college for his son Austin, author Hicks plans an around the wor ...more
There's no great lesson learned in this story, except for a good appreciation of how dif ...more
So this book is not something I would normally read, but it interested me and I actually loved it. I couldn’t put it down. Normally I don’t touch true life stories unless they’re crime related. But even if, like myself, you are mostly a fantasy reader. PICK THIS UP. You will not regret it.
I instantly became enamored with this book the minute I opened the parcel. The cover is gorgeous. I also received a matching small bookmark with the owl on it so I ...more
Like a lot of kids, Austin goes on a long vacation before starting college; unlike them, he goes with his father. A trip through Hawaii, Korea, China, Tibet, Nepal, India, London, and Paris makes up this book.
As always, it’s the small touches that sell a travel memoir. I had a good laugh at the obsequiousness of the Chinese tour guide, and mentioning, “This is Mr. Wong. He will be our driver. He is one of the very best.” Yeah, they do that a lot in China, and though I didn’t e ...more
Of the places Grady and Austin visited, I have only been to Paris and obviously London. It was magical to get a very real glimpse of places such as China, India, Nepal, etc. I ...more
This was a good read. I really loved all the history throughout this book. I will admit the writing style of the author kind of threw me off, but I ended up getting used to it. This is one of those books that really pulls you in and doesn't want to let you go.
It was an okay rendering of a concept that was unique. the idea of taking a journey like this with your children is a good one as it can strengthen the bond in a family. It inspires me to try it with my parents. For that reason alone it's an interesting read in that it can show what to do and what not to do.