Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review: Amazing Adventures of a Nobody

Title: Amazing Adventures of a Nobody
Author: Leon Logothetis
Genre: Travel Memoir
Publication Date: October 15, 2011
Pages: 290
Price: $14.95
ISBN 13: 978-0-9843081-3-2
Publisher: Bettie Youngs Books
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.

In a time of economic anxiety, global terror, and shaken confidence, the Star of the National Geographic Channel’s Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, Leon Logothetis, shows us what is good about mankind: the simple calling people have to connect to others.

Tired of his disconnected life and uninspiring job, Leon Logothetis leaves it all behind: job, money, home, even his cell phone and hits the road with nothing but the clothes on his back and $5 in his pocket, relying on the kindness of strangers and the serendipity of the open road for his daily keep.

Along the way, Leon offers up the intriguing and charming tales gathered along his one-of-a-kind journey riding in trains and buses and big rigs and classic cars; sleeping on streets and couches and firehouses; meeting pimps and preachers, astronauts and single moms, celebrities and homeless families, veterans and communists. Each day of his journey, we catch sight of the invisible spiritual underpinning of society in these stories of companionship and sheer adventure that prove that the kind, good soul of mankind has not been lost.

About the author: Leon Logothetis was born and raised in London, UK. He has a great passion for adventure, travel and interacting with people. Following his passion he created the reality travel show “Amazing Adventures of a Nobody,” where he traveled from Time Square, New York, to the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles with $5 a day and relying on the kindness of strangers. The show was licensed to National Geographic International and aired in over 100 countries worldwide. Learn more at

What they're saying about Amazing Adventures of a Nobody:
“A gem of a book; endearing, engaging and inspiring.”
~ Catherine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor

My review:
Leon is a British man that has become disillusioned with his path in life and is on the search to have more meaning and try to find out what he is really supposed to be doing. As he searches for an answer, he decides to fly to America to try to find his path. As he starts in New York City and makes his way to the Hollywood sign, the book is stocked full adventure.

Not only does the search to find his path, yet he relies on $5 a day and the kindness of strangers to get him from start to finish. The strangers that he met along the way provided food, transportation, and housing. He finds himself getting lucky as Americans are in love with his accent and want to help out a stranger in the country to reach their goal. However, he runs into trouble at times as he is accosted by others that prove to be unsettling characters.

I really enjoyed this book and loved the concept of the author stepping completely out of his comfort zone and engaging with people and life in a way that he would have never encountered in his current life in England. At times the book was a little slow and I found myself wanting more details in some of the situations he encountered but overall, I am glad that I read the book.

FYI: Leon is now traveling the country in a Kindness Cab to raise money for books for schools.

After you read the book and you want the adventure to continue, you can check out the television series based on the book.

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