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3.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 5 3.26 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Byrne Narrator: David Byrne Publisher: Todomundo, Ltd. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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Since the early 1980s David Byrne has used a bicycle as his primary form of transportation, both at home in New York City and while on tour throughout the world. Initially drawn to cycling by the convenience and sense of liberation it affords, Byrne found that it also provided him with a varied perspective on the world - faster than a walk, slower than a train, often slightly higher than a person.

Byrne began keeping a journal of his observations and insights in every new town he rode through, viewing cities as physical manifestations of our deepest beliefs and often unconscious thoughts. Narrated by Byrne, the Bicycle Diaries audiobook presents these collected accounts alongside original music and location sounds to create an atmosphere more akin to a radio show than a simple reading of a book.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva Luna | 2/14/2014

    " Kinda blase "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Chu | 2/5/2014

    " First part of it was awesome and thoughtful, but it got tedious toward the middle, didn't finish it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Brock | 2/3/2014

    " Byrne's perspective made for entertaining stories and I enjoyed the book a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clivemichael Justice | 1/26/2014

    " Rambling discussion of urban landscapes with and without his bicycle. Engaging, perceptive and divergent stream of consciousness ideas, reflections and dreams. I felt like I was privy to much of what he experienced, from a distance. Occasional glimpses of the humanity of the man. Likely his notoriety enabled him to get this published. Reads more like a series of magazine articles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Artur | 1/25/2014

    " boring and not really about bikes. I couldn't read more than 100 pages. not recommended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberley | 1/9/2014

    " Whimsical stories of mild culture shock. Wish there'd been more about actual cycling, but I guess he was trying to attract a larger audience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole Rea | 1/9/2014

    " It was okay. Tons of really interesting historical tidbits, but not enough to keep my interest for the entirety of the book. Will probably attempt to finish in smaller pieces broken out between other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona Robson | 1/1/2014

    " I pretty much love everything David Byrne does. I love the way his mind works and his turn of phrase. This book was amazing and it really felt like he had taken me with him on the bicycle journeys. A fantastic manifesto for any city to take on board. Cycling - the way forward! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica Heron | 12/22/2013

    " I'm sorry David, I just can't get through this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadsaint | 11/17/2013

    " Pretty similar to Suburban Nation but with a little more cultural referencing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Duje | 10/18/2013

    " pocetak dosadan s pricama o americkin industrijskim gradovima, drugi dio knjige bitno bolji, dosta zanimljivih ideja, vrijedi procitat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/7/2013

    " Take one bicycle, one interesting character (yes, he's that David Byrne), and add bits of travelogue, land-use musings, and experimental art and you have this book. Mix all together in a wok, serve over noodles and enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/8/2013

    " I didn't agree with everything David had to say, but I found the book thoughtful and thought provoking. I loved his enquiring tone and humour. Spending time in the world and company of David Byrne was completely engaging! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 5/20/2013

    " couldnt even finish it. and i DON'T not finish books. The stories are wildly pretentious and uninteresting. that is that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 10/20/2012

    " David Byrne is as weird as I thought & that's why I love him! Plus you learn about which cities around the world are bicycle-friendly... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/3/2012

    " Love love LOVED this book! What's not to love about a book that covers travel, biking, linguistics, urban planning, art, food, politics?? David Byrne's brain is cool, I wish I knew him. But since I don't, I'm glad he wrote this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Reed | 12/17/2011

    " The singer of the Talking Heads is also an avid cyclist who recounts some of his worldly travels from the saddle in a very insightful and readable way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 9/12/2011

    " Interesting to see this side of Byrne who I know only from the Talking Heads. He is obviously artistic and interesting in many ways beyond that. He has some interesting observations on society, city life, transportation, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Oeschger | 8/10/2011

    " I really loved this eclectic, bike-based travelogue from David Byrne, one theme of which is how different the world's cities look from a fold-up bike "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zora O'Neill | 7/8/2011

    " Man, I love David Byrne. I love bikes. And yet this book was so not fascinating. I read a couple of chapters and just got frustrated with what the book wasn't--not deep enough with urban detail, not edited very well. I'll just go back to listening to Byrne--much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/28/2011

    " If you like the Talking Heads, travel and bikes, you will find this book interesting. If you have no interest in any of the above, I would say skip ahead to the last chapter on NY. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 6/23/2011

    " If you are expecting a book about bicycling this is not the book for you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 6/13/2011

    " incredibly disjointed book about a topic I was interested to read about since I love biking. very disappointed. This should have just stayed a blog or whatever it started out as. No flow! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chad | 5/10/2011

    " I love Talking Heads, I love bicycling, but I thought the book sucked. David Byrne spends too much time ranting about his politics and has very little interesting to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 4/11/2011

    " Interesting take on the world's cities and places David has been, mostly his experience on bike riding in those places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 4/2/2011

    " Love love LOVED this book! What's not to love about a book that covers travel, biking, linguistics, urban planning, art, food, politics?? David Byrne's brain is cool, I wish I knew him. But since I don't, I'm glad he wrote this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 4/2/2011

    " It was okay. Tons of really interesting historical tidbits, but not enough to keep my interest for the entirety of the book. Will probably attempt to finish in smaller pieces broken out between other books. "

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About the Author
Author David Byrne

David Byrne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and cofounder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The author of Bicycle Diaries and The New Sins, he lives in New York City.