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Jennifer

Vallensbæk Strand, Denmark | Member Since 2004

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  • The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dom Joly
    • Narrated By Dom Joly
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places.

    Amanda says: "Funny and Insightful - Not just for Travelers!"
    "Half interesting...."
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    While there were portions of this book which were interesting and-- indeed--funny, the lion's share of the work revealed the rantings of a man-child who had never quite grown out of his boarding-school humor. Joly may have done a fair bit of traveling, but it hasn't done away with his prejudices as Mark Twain theorized. There are far more interesting travelogues to unusual places than this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (80)

    When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey named Beatrice and Virgil and the epic journey they undertake together.

    S. Connors says: "Excellent writing and reading, but..."
    "Ever have one of those dreams....."
    Overall

    .... where what is happening seems provocative and the story is developing nicely just as the alarm clock sounds and you're jolted awake with that disappointing feeling that you'll never get back to it?That's the way I felt when this book ended. And, no, the conclusion was not thought-provoking or mysterious. Just disappointing. This book really missed the interplay between the good and evil in human nature that Life of Pi had and doesn't seem to succeed in conveying any of its grander themes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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