Two Brits shipped their Jeeps 3,500 miles back to the USA, before embarking on a 5,500-mile coast-to-coast road-trip from New York to LA. Along the way, they tackled the world-famous off-road trails of Moab, took a tour of the nearby national parks, and sampled a few of Colorado's most scenic byways. Over the course of three weeks they were almost arrested, swallowed by a tornado, and nearly mugged in Las Vegas. The Jeeps broke down, caught fire, and were nearly confiscated. But they also met some incredible people, all of whom contributed in their own way to this story.
A journalist and author, Alex Kefford is no stranger to long-distance road-trips. It's a vocation that started more than 20 years ago with a trip from England's south coast to John o'Groats and back - a distance of 1,400 miles - in a single day. He's also an experienced off-roader and instructor, and as the founder of JeepClub he's spent many a weekend teaching driving techniques to those new to Jeep ownership.
I feel a little bad giving this a two as the book probably isn't intrinsically bad - it is just not for me.
Admittedly, my husband got more enjoyment out of this than I did so if you are mechanically minded or into cars, I'm sure you would probably find this a great book.
For me, it was a great way to fall asleep. It's easy to see that the author normally writes in the automotive and technology fields, because the whole thing kind of read like a technical manual. What I was expecting was a book on travel - the interesting places they'd been, experiences they'd had and people they met. What I got was two guys who basically just hopped in cars and drove across the continent with more details of the cars specifications, modifications, challenges, etc. than the stuff they'd seen and done (unless it related to the cars or a 4WD trail). Overall, I found it pretty boring.
It probably didn't help that the author made the mistake of narrating the book himself. Recording a listenable audiobook takes a specific set of skills - it's not just something anyone should do. It's not as simple as just reading a book aloud, you need to have the right speed, tone, inflection, presence, etc. Unfortunately, this author read far too quickly and with none of things - it really sounded like a teacher reading out of a textbook at the front of the class. We listened to this this in the car and I just kept nodding off as he couldn't hold my attention at all.
Am I glad I read it - Not really. Was it a waste of my time - Yes, I would rather have listened to something more interesting and only persisted with it because my mechanically minded car enthusiast husband was enjoying it. Would I sit down and read it all over again - No. Would I read more by this author based on this book - Unlikely.