The combination of Troost's writing and Vance's reading is impossible to match; they are both amazing.
Troost writes a very good, incitful at times and always funny narrative. Vance is, if not THE master of audible, then one of the very best- his tone, timing and overall delivery add a lot- these 4 are must listens!
I am so grateful that Maarten Troost wrote so wonderfully of these adventures! Now I can scratch that off my bucket list, having lived vicariously through him;)! And another stellar reading by Simon Vance how I would love to have dinner with him if for no other reason than to hear him talk! (Though I'm sure I'd have a million questions;))
Bill Bryson like wit and humor and interesting insights into life in the South Pacific...as well as someone who chose to live a more adventurous life (getting up close and personal with kava shells, island politics and dengue fever).
Audiobooks saved my life! Busy communications professional...writer locked inside me. Devourer of books since I learned how to read
Loved it. Troost writes in a manner that transports the reader to the location and creates a longing for a personal visit. I laughed all the way through.
Tristan writes with a wit and humor unlike any other travel writer I have read. The stories are candid, funny and who knows how accurate or exaggerated they are but who cares cause you can't help but laugh out loud. The blend of personal antidote and history makes it a worth while read.
I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
The author is a misanthrope, for that matter so am I. Tired of the 9-5 grind for a second time, he returns to the hot, laid back life of flip flops and sand. There are many funny things that happen, as could only happen on an equatorial island and we are treated to all of the hilarious details along the way. Simon Vance is a fabulous narrator once again. With a clear British accent that add to the humorous prose. I am a big fan of Mr. Troost and look forward to listening to his latest work soon.
Work in the tech industry. I like nonfiction.
I got bored with it.
The narration might have been the problem.
Didn't finish it.
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I loved this book , i would listen to it several times in a row.
I liked Sex Lives of Cannibals .. it was even better than Stoned with Savages
His character was the best
Amazing book, especially if you're moving to the pacific. I listened to it right when I moved to Hawaii and before I began traveling to the outer pacific.
I listen to learn, gain new perspectives, and grow
I liked how it showed the change in one expectations of ones own self and surroundings
Simon Vance is a great reader, part of the reason why I listened to this book
Whats really neat about the book it give you a feel of what everyday life is like on the islands of Fiji and Vanuatu.
Chock full of adventure. Cultural clashes over intoxicants? Once again, Maarten follows his wife and finds the bar. Wonderful narration, this audiobook simply continues on from Sex Lives... Funny as hell!
Start with Sex Lives of Cannibals. The adventure begins on a South Pacific atole (essentially a small mass of volcanic rock currently above the ocean's surface, think Castaway). Continue on with Lost on Planet China.
Big numbers versus small numbers. hmmmm!
Man versus centipede. What else can I say. Other than they are poisonous and have hundreds of legs. Oh yeah, they're big too!
Buy this audiobook and you may find yourself travelling to Alaska instead. Fair warning!