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Amazing Adventures of a Nobody: A Life Changing Journey Across America Relying on the Kindness of Strangers Paperback – October 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Bettie Youngs Books (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098430813X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984308132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Amazing Adventures of a Nobody was written by indefatigable Leon Logothetis elicits generosity and kindness, on his endearingly frugal journey" We also get some great travel tips too" Kyle Wagner, Travel Editor Denver Post 

"An amazing read from an amazing and truly inspiring guy!" Christy Cahela, Executive Producer/Co Host, Daybreak USA 

"A compelling and rich travelogue that ultimately opens our eyes to the human connection." --Sharrie Williams, author, The Maybelline Story--and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It 

"A great read, and who knows, you may find your true calling by the end of it all!" -- Stephen Viscusi, America's Workplace Guru and bestselling author of Bulletproof Your Job: 4 Simple Strategies to Ride Out the Rough Times and Come Out On Top at Work 

"Masterful story telling! Leon begins his journey as a merry prankster and ends a grinning philosopher. Really funny--and insightful, too." --Karen Salmansohn, Oprah.com relationship columnist, AOL career coach, and NY Times bestselling author of Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks and Loses 

A gem of a book; endearing, engaging and inspiring. --Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times

Masterful story telling! Leon begins his journey as a merry prankster and ends a grinning philosopher. Really funny--and insightful, too. --Karen Salmansohn,Oprah.com

An amazing read from an amazing and truly inspiring guy. --Christy Cahela, Executive Producer/Co Host, Daybreak USA

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK.....

* A gem of a book; endearing, engaging and inspiring. —Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times, travel editor

* Masterful storytelling! Leon begins his journey as a merry prankster and ends a grinning philosopher. Really funny—and insightful, too. —Karen Salmansohn,  Oprah.com Relationship Columnist, and AOL Career Coach

* A great read, and who knows, you may find your true calling by the end of it all.—Stephen Viscusi, America's Workplace Guru and Best-selling Author of Bulletproof Your Job


(LEON LOGOTHETIS THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A NOBODY)

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Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn't always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries.

The days of living and working behind his 'slab of wood' (or desk to the layman) are well and truly over. His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play.

The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection.

Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent. He is the host of the TV series Amazing Adventures Of A Nobody, which is broadcast across the world by National Geographic International and, over the course of three seasons, sees Leon cross America, the United Kingdom and Europe on just 5 dollars, 5 pounds, and 5 euros a day, respectively.

He recently returned from filming his new TV show The Kind Way Around, in which he circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike Kindness One, giving life changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers.

Leon is no stranger to adventure. He teamed up with First Book® & drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across America, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America.

Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times.

His book, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, is in stores now. His new book The Kindness Diaries, published by Readers Digest, will hit bookshelves in December 2014 and chronicles Leon's circumnavigation of the globe on kindness.

www.LeonLogothetis.com

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Amazing Adventures of a Nobody is, objectively, very well written.
Jason Kirkfield
For those of you who are looking to be inspired to take a chance in life this is a must read!
Anthony Volpentest
Leon Logothetis is a true adventurer who has complete faith in the good in people.
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Format: Paperback
AMAZING ADVENTURES OF A NOBODY is that kind of book that is infectious: once the reader reads the first page the drive to follow this extraordinary tale has begun and attempting to put the book aside for spot reading is impossible. Leon Logothetis has not only found clues to the path of rediscovering humanity thought withered, he proved himself a powerful writer. Very briefly the book relates the adventures of a young British lad who confronts his meaningless, mundane, uninspiring life and decides to do something to change it. Watching the movie 'The Motorcycle Diaries' in which Che Guevarra travels across South America observing the innate goodness in mankind stimulates Leon Logothetis to discard his ordered march toward boring security, leave his worldly goods behind, and start out on a trek to America where he sets his rules to travel form Times Square to Hollywood with only $5 a day, completely depending on the kindness of strangers for food, transportation and lodging. 'Everything. It was all I had. The only thing I had done with my life so far that even resembled a raison d'etre. This wasn't a trip. This was my life.' 'My inability to follow my true dreams [primal fear] being a major way that fear infiltrated my life. I feared change. I feared rejection. I feared failure.'

The surprises come as Leon attempts the 'impossible', meets all manner of people, and is constantly surprised how sharing his story of his mission gains him friends and respect and sustenance. 'Each person I met along the way was contributing something of themselves to my odyssey. The roles they played composed my own narrative, and without their moving in my life, that narrative collapsed, and I would be left alone, just as before, with no story worth telling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Smith, Surrey on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
A quick, intimate read that reminded me of recapping a life-changing journey I had with an old friend. I'm not sure if it was the stories he related, the simple and engaging way he communicates, or just his sunny optimism that makes even the silliest stories charming. It definitely leaves you looking forward to the next adventure! I actually bought one for my husband! He is reading it as I write this...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By angelblue25 on October 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Through his book, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, Leon has opened my eyes to the reality of everyday life. I mean, you see it in movies, the news, sometimes even on the streets, but to read about it and visualize it in your mind is like being there and living it. I couldn't leave it all behind, but I genuinely thank Leon for taking his journey on our behalf, and letting us share, and learn from, his discoveries. It was excellent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kirkfield VINE VOICE on October 24, 2011
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I suppose this is a backhanded compliment to the late Christopher McCandless as much as it is a ringing endorsement of Leon Logothetis. The young man who starved to death in an abandoned bus in Alaska was by all accounts very bright, if dangerously brave. Leon has the same magnetism as was often attributed to McCandless. In another life, perhaps we could have been reading of a triumphant return from the bush and the amazing cross-country adventures of a not-so nobody. But Chris had some bad luck. Or maybe Leon just wanted to live more. To be fair, the latter's avowed mission--to *connect* with people--necessarily kept him in contact with the masses, whereas Chris was more the loner type.

Amazing Adventures of a Nobody is, objectively, very well written. Given the respective outcomes, it is obviously funnier and much more uplifting than Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. I was also reminded fondly of Charles Kuralt's classic slices of America. Finally, this book recalled the same male-isolationist theme of Nick Hornby's About a Boy, especially the film adaptation starring Hugh Grant: "Every man is an island." Logothetis' rejoinder--"I used to feel each man was an island." (p.233)--is ultimately disproved, too.

Essentially this is hitchhike-your-way-across-the-U-S-A, with the added challenge of begging for free food as well. Part of me thinks I could do what he did; the rest of me realizes I wouldn't *want* to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Paperback Pursuer on May 28, 2012
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After watching Motorcycle Diaries, Leon Logothetis decided to change his life drastically by leaving his family in England and traveling through the United States. The catch? He wanted to get from point A (New York) to point B (California) on a budget of five dollars per day, while relying on the kindness of strangers for food, lodging, and transportation. No phone, no car, no extra cash - just a backpack and his belief in the goodness of humanity... This is his story.

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I did not know what to expect when I first picked up Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, my first thought being, "Is this dude medicated?" I am all for believing in the goodness of mankind, but relying on (and trusting) complete strangers? No way. Sounds like Leon Logothetis is just asking for trouble; but upon reading the first couple of chapters, his "adventures" begin to intrigue and surprise. Leon's stories are inspiring and well-written, hitching readers along for the ride. I enjoyed reading about his interactions - from the mundane to the insane - particularly his experiences with the gang members and the fraternity, (no spoilers!). I never expected this book to restore some of my faith in humanity, but it most certainly has. Will I be crossing the country with $5 in my pocket, relying on the kindness of strangers anytime soon? No, but I am glad that Leon Logothetis has proven it a possibility. Overall, the Amazing Adventures of a Nobody is a thoroughly enjoyable journey that will fascinate readers. I wonder if Leon plans on continuing these adventures, especially since I recently found out there was a TV show based on them... Recommended for readers of all genres!

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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