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“No one should set off for a plane ride, a day at the beach, or a lengthy visit to the bathroom without a copy of The Ridiculous Race. I laughed so much I almost died from a lack of oxygen reaching my brain.” ―Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and American Dad!
“…will make readers laugh and cry, often simultaneously. Hely's Victorian notions of world travel and the glory of bygone eras provide the perfect foil for Chandrasekaran's glib embrace of the comforts of modern life. Their comically inoffensive braggadocio is akin to your older brother's tales of his misspent youth; Chandrasekaran and Hely might be slightly obnoxious, but therein lies their charm. Hilarious travel writing for the chronically snarky.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Riotous fun.” ―People Magazine
“Hilarious.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“Reads like a 300-page Simpsons episode.” ―WIRED
“Hilarious race around the world.” ―Publisher's Weekly
“This is one of the funniest books I've read in years….The hilarity lasts the whole way.” ―Anne Stephenson, The Arizona Republic
This was a great book. I could not put it down. Actually ended up getting 2 more copies as giftsPublished 21 months ago by D. Clark
The Ridiculous Race by Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran is a funny memoir about two men racing each other around the world. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by ReadingintheGarden
Both a comedy book and an insightful sociological study, but the weirdness especially made it a fun read. I have recommended this book to several of my friends who love to travel.Published on December 6, 2012 by Scarecrow
I was enthralled with this book from the beginning to the very end. I laughed often and enjoyed it all. The guys personalities were so entertaining. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by B. Salvon
I've read more entertaining and informative bathroom graffiti about travel. Have you ever had to suffer through being cornered at a party by someone who incessantly talks about... Read morePublished on May 27, 2011 by Dopaminergic
One of the authors, Steve Hely, sent me a copy of this book after he read a book that I wrote (Crossing the Darien Gap. Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by Andrew N. Egan
Great idea and concept for the book, entertaining for the first half though overall anticlimactic. About 100 pages in you get the idea and it just rinses and repeats the rest of... Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by CS
Is "laugh out loud funny" too much of a cliche? Who cares if it is--this book was laugh out loud funny. Two ridiculous men take two ridiculous journeys and hilarity ensues. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Bettymouse
It's a great book and I'm constantly laughing when reading it. It is also well written and very educational in regards to learning about different countries.Published on October 18, 2009 by Southern Gal