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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 " Things to Do Before You Die" as his starting point, Karl combines brilliant stories from his recent adventuresto Alaska, Siberia, and beyond with entertaining, highly-opinionated views on what other people aspire to do with their lives.
He tackles such questions as Why on earth would anybody want to run with the bulls in Pamplona, or go "storm chasing" through Tornado Alley? A fitting finale to two years of eventful globe-trotting, this companion guide is frank, funny, and strangely inspiring.
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This is an amusing book but my read was spoilt by the fact that I had already watched the TV series and so much of the humour was familiar to me. Already seeing the character on TV it was perhaps easier to relate to the humour and picture the situations Karl found himself in. I find these types of books engaging at times and having laugh out loud moments but also that they drag on a little and I tend to be glad when I have actually finished it.
Perhaps I would be better dipping in and out of books This is an amusing book but my read was spoilt by the fact that I had already watched the TV series and so much of the humour was familiar to me. Perhaps I would be better dipping in and out of books like this for more enjoyment.
Jul 03, Danni The Girl rated it liked it Shelves: 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 I would avoid any type of cuddle party though, that is most certainly not my idea of fun.
Jan 23, Chris Greensmith rated it really liked it. Feb 18, Akmal A. 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. In the book, I love the Route 66 chapter because it describe the beauty of America.
After all this year, I only heard about people going to America just to be in the most hectic city in the world, New York especially the New York Times Square. There are only big buildings and nothing happen when you just stare at the building. I mean nothing exciting. I hope I have money to go to Route 66 before I die. Good write up Karl! 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! I'm a fan of Karl Pilkington and having read the other book in this series I thought I'd have a go with this one, and it didn't disappoint. As always his style of writing is very easy and quick to read. Pilkington's dry humour and moaning never fails to make me laugh and this book was no different. If you're a fan of the TV series or Pilkington I couldn't recommend this book enough! 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 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.
I'm so glad they made sure he was genuinely giving his opinion in this one and there wasn't much outside influence happening. I heard that in his other books editors got there hands in and went to work, tweaking his narration to make him sound more "relatable" or "less-offensive" or some shit and it just comes off as fake, so I'm very glad to be seeing genuine commentary from the baldy himself in this one and not any processed narration.
When you read thi and the first book, you feel so sorry for Karl but at the same time you want him to keep going and talk on because-whether you like him or hate him and many people hate him - he's just this sweet innocent, down-to-earth, kinda-airhead who is so incredibly brutally honest yet funny guy.
I got a few more chuckles out of his first book, but this was still quite entertaining. Jan 23, Nick Davies rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 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. Unfortunately, I couldn't completely escape the suspicion that in places Karl Pilkington is 'a character' as opposed to a real person.
Though it bothered me less than anticipated, I also wasn't able to completely escape the feeling that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are sometimes condescendingly bullying the poor guy too, which feels a bit uncomfortable.
I love Karl Pilkington, mainly because he reminds me of my husband. I also really liked the TV show, which was the main reason I wanted to read this. And even when Karl picks things from the list, they tend to twist it to make things as awkward and uncomfortable for him.
This is laugh out loud funny and it makes me want to rewatch the entire thing! I did enjoy this but I found it very samey to the other Idiot Abroad book I have read. In fact, the end of this book, recaps some of the Idiot Abroad and a few times in the book it repeats itself. So I don't really feel that the book is worth it but it is funny and probably good for a quick holiday read. The bucket list. 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 The bucket list.
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 also his opinions of the things from the bucket list he chose not to do.
In the end are a brief mention of things he has already completed before and his trip with Warwick Davis. And it is endearingly sad. Because you get to see that travel has broadened Karl's mind a bit - these last few years making sure he is no longer the same ignorant bald headed Manc twat of old.
And its a happy sadness. 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, Stevie rated it really liked it. This one wasn't quite as wonderful as the first one, but it was still really enjoyable.
Dominic Trevett / Karl Pilkington's The Further Adventures Of An Idiot Abroad
An Idiot Abroad is a British travel documentary comedy television series broadcast on Sky One , as well as a series of companion books published by Canongate Books ,  created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and starring Karl Pilkington. Most of each episode focuses on Pilkington's reactions to cultural differences and idiosyncrasies in the countries he visits. Gervais and Merchant call Pilkington during each trip, to assign him tasks often not related to why he believed he was visiting the country. These include training as a luchador , travelling the desert on a camel, and dancing with a samba school in a Carnival parade. It was confirmed by the show's producers that Pilkington has no prior warning about these situations.
The Further Adventures of An Idiot Abroad
More titles may be available to you. Sign in to see the full collection. A new book on the travails of travel by "the funniest man on the planet" Spectator. Why on earth would anybody want to run with the bulls in Pamplona?
The Further Adventures of an Idiot Abroad