• Through Sand & Snow

  • A Man, a Bicycle, and a 43,000-Mile Journey to Adulthood via the Ends of the Earth
  • By: Charlie Walker
  • Narrated by: Charlie Walker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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By: Charlie Walker
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Publisher's Summary

At age 22, Charlie Walker left home in search of adventure. Fleeing the boredom that comes with comfort, he set off on a secondhand bicycle. The aim was simple: to pedal to the furthest point in each of Europe, Asia, and Africa. He didn’t train or plan. He just started. The journey was an escape from an unremarkable existence, a pursuit of hardship, and a chance to shed the complacency of middle England. From the brutality of winter on the Tibetan plateau, to the claustrophobia of the Southeast Asian jungle, the quest provided Charlie with ample opportunity to test his mettle. Ultimately, though, the toughest challenge was entirely unforeseen.

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Loved this tale of adventure!

This book made me want to jump on a bike and start peddling - anywhere!

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It started out so great...

I was very excited through the first couple of chapters. Young guy embarking on an epic journey with a great, open mindset. Eloquent prose. Is rightfully annoyed with all the things travelers associate with obnoxious white tourists until... he becomes one himself. As soon as he hits SE Asia, the writer just turns into a boozing, entitled, womanizing tourist himself. He should have just called it a day after the Tibetan family saved his sorry ass when he almost died from exposure. Charlie Walker is a very gifted writer, has a great voice/accent, but the story line is one of the most disappointing ones I've ever listened to. I'd say sober up, get a new bike, and try again.

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Outstanding

Not merely one of the finest travelogues I’ve ever read; one of the finest books I’ve ever read, period.

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Incredible adventure

A very enjoyable adventure exploring many countries and cultures. I loved hearing about the kind people who took Charlie in and how a common thread of human decency seemingly saved his life countless times. Much more than a bike trip, an adventure of a lifetime.

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Adventure

a story that will invoke the feeling of adventure, and envy for a man through an incredible journey.

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Wonderful book!!

I'll listen to a lot of books through Audible... and this has to be one of my favorites! it is such a great story and very well put together!!. The author did a great job writing and reading this book himself which is always a plus!!

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Wonderlust tale

I love the book and I’m very grateful that Charlie himself is the narrator. As a fellow traveler and seeker of the behind the scenes I can only imagine how much didn’t make it into the book. This book is honest and authentic - and as we let my own wonder lust and reminded me the many times you don’t need to know what you’re doing or why. just need to know how to take the next step

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I think i decided on purpose to listen to the books backwards

Im 32 life’s going great i have freedom money to pay my bills friends a great girlfriend and a bit of stability after years of having to take care of my grandma and grandpa in there final years I knew this would be the start of freedom. After listening to the author on joe rogan i think i decided to to follow in the footsteps or more so the peddle strokes of so many. Im glad i found these books, I couldn’t recommend this more to anyone that is bored with life !!!!!! Henry_reef ig lets see if i actually go through with it. Ive told no one but the void and this review i rather be the only voice that doubts.

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Incredible

This is an incredibly Inspiring story. Well told from top to bottom scary and funny at times, but always interesting and motivating. I can’t wait to go on my own adventure after listening to this. Forever grateful for Charlie’s courage & openness.

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epic

honest, not to self centered, does a decent job of describing the places and people in the journey, so the reader feels connected to em.

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  • Sophie
  • 10-28-20

A travel book with a bit of a difference.

The prologue of this book drops us in Tibet and really draws us in and keeps us on edge. Having an interest in Tibet myself, this immediately captured my attention (although I would think it would have the same effect on someone who doesn't). I will say that most of the book isn't as good as the prologue may lead us to believe, but it's still good.

This book is sometimes descriptive, includes some background historical information but not too much and there is even a bit of romance along the way. Charlie travels half way across the world, noticeably focusing on Iran, India, Tibet and the Far East. He appears to be very spontaneous, a bit reckless and at times naive regarding things such as the amount of food he needs to eat, planning ahead and country's customs. On the other hand, he does come across as your everyday sort of guy who you could easily converse with. Quite a bit of the book seemed to be set in the Far East drinking and the like - more than I expected, but maybe this would make it more appealing to those who have done the same. There were days where Charlie cycled an incredible amount and some of it was a bit gruelling (very cold temperatures, alone in Tibet) but this is what made it such an adventure! I found it quite nice and a bit different to have the romance aspect in it. I do find some travelogues to go in to too much detail regarding history or details about places, others involve a bit too much navel-gazing, some have comedy as a focal point and many are as much about the people met along the way as the travelling and places, or moreso. This book strikes a good balance between them all and I'd say it's a good starting point for someone who hasn't read a travelogue before.  The narration is also good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-19

Fantastic Adventure - Must Read

This is by far the best book I have ever read/listened too. What an adventure across countries and cultures. It is a must read. Charlie’s reading is great, and I cannot wait for book 2 to finish the adventure.

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  • CharlieR
  • 11-24-22

Inspiring and honest

An amazing story which I have found equally inspiring and informative. Hearing the words from the man himself has made listening to his tales very personal and I can’t wait to find out how his journey pans out.

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  • andrew cuthbert
  • 11-17-22

I wish I was young again.

Beautifully written and read. I was sorry when he reached Beijing and our journey ended.

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  • Martin Poole
  • 10-15-22

Aspiring, honest, and extremely balanced detail

Well what a listen, the description, the noise the smells, the emotions, its as if you are with him 1st hand. The completley balanced interpretation, without being lead by assumption, or predudice, just wonderful human nature and trust. Thouroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

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  • Andrew A.
  • 10-11-22

Pure wanderlust

Charlie Walker provides an honest depiction of the highs and lows that accompany such an incredible journey. Well worth a listen.

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  • Roddy Mcgillivray
  • 08-10-22

inapiring

10/10 am already planning my first big bike trip - very real, emotional and funny

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  • Stewart Edward
  • 07-22-22

Didn't live up to the hype

Having listened to Charlie chat to Joe rogan on the jre podcast I immediately bought this audio book. Sadly the content is very thin on the ground. It wasn't filled with the excitement and sense of adventure that he portrays in interviews.

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  • Douglas Williams
  • 07-21-22

Inspiring

Inspiring. A must read for anyone wanting to travel distance on a bicycle. Charlie describes the scenes, views and his emotions perfectly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-22

Came here fresh from the Joe Rogan Podcast

An incredible man with some fantastic stories! So glad to hear it from the man himself. Thank you for sharing your joys and struggles with us, and most importantly keep doing great things.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-20

Gripping adventure

A brave and bold account.
Enjoyed almost all of the book,
Well read too.

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  • BSG_Fan
  • 10-16-22

Cycle count

As a bikepacker myself, I really enjoyed this yarn, and the adventures of the author. It was interesting to listen to and I found myself visualising along with the narrator as the diversity of settings and situations unfolded. One gripe, what happened to Claire? Perhaps I drifted off and missed it. Anyway I certainly enjoyed sharing the journey and would listen again ;-D

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  • Vedant Sharma
  • 07-02-22

Great Journey told beautifully

So many things I've enjoyed in this book. Some of the stories were very relatable. Super inspiring journey, and loved the narration as well. Charlie is a genuine, likable human being with a great attitude towards life and I enjoyed listening to him

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  • Karina Mereki
  • 05-11-22

An adventure begins

It's funny, I listened to Charlie Walker's second novel first and I loved it! It felt like I was riding along the road with him, with his wonderful stories and people, the history and culture.
This book was fun to listen to but I missed the maturity of the second book. The delivery of a good story was undermined by the lack of integrity to his journey and was too emotionally driven. This book is more a coming of age drama.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-01-20

Enthralling

The story was enthralling. The narration engaging. This story is well told and well performed. I was worried this would just be another self-absorbed cycle touring book. But is it not at all. The author tells his story through his connections with other people not just his own lens. I laughed. I felt sadness. I felt his coming of age while also learning about the people and places he experienced. That he shares historical and cultural information about places brought me into those worlds. One of my favourite travel stories. Good thing it’s two books: I got to listen to more!