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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Hely Narrator: Steve Hely Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9780451486875
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Steve Hely presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America. Part travel book, part pop history, part comic memoir, The Wonder Trail will make any listener want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots.

The Wonder Trail is the story of Steve’s trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters. The trip was ambitious—Steve traveled through Mexico City, ancient Mayan ruins, the jungles and coffee plantations and remote beaches of Central America, across the Panama Canal, by sea to Colombia, to the wild Easter celebration of Popayán, to the Amazon rainforest, the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, to the Galápagos Islands, the Atacama Desert of Chile, and down to the jagged and wind-worn land of Patagonia, at the very end of the western hemisphere.

Steve’s plan was to discover the weird, wonderful, and absurd—not to ignore the challenges and problems in Central and South America—but to focus on the incredible, delightful people and experiences that came his way. And the book that resulted is just as fun. A blend of travel writing, history, and comic memoir, The Wonder Trail will inspire, inform, and delight.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of…gags, anecdotes, local color, and touches of the cheerfully bizarre…making [it] indispensable.”

    New York Times

  • “As informative as it is funny.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Wryly observed essays…[with] insight and humor in unexpected encounters on the road.”


  • “Fast-paced, informative, and funny…Hely’s hilarious descriptions of the stunning sights and quirky people he encounters along the way will delight experienced globetrotters and armchair travelers alike…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “With an authentic and self-effacing voice, author and narrator Steve Hely brings his sharp sense of humor to the task of describing his trip from Los Angeles to Punta Arenas, at the tip of South America…He also does clever impressions of his guides and fellow travelers. He has read widely and does a good job pronouncing Spanish names and interpreting sites. Overall, his insights are entertaining, his audiobook whimsical and fun.”


  • “A very funny book.”

    Outside Magazine

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About the Author
Steve Hely was a writer for 30 Rock, Late Show with David Letterman and the acclaimed animated comedy American Dad! He also wrote the Thurber-winning novel How I Became a Famous Novelist, and coauthored the comic travelogue The Ridiculous Race. He's cohost of The Great Debates podcast.