This is a highly entertaining book - the author presents humorous snapshots of a variety of people in locations all over the world and does this in a witty and clever way. It's David Sedaris without the crude edge - and very much along the lines of Bill Bryson - the author has a good eye and a gift for sharing his observations in a way that is never dull. I loved it!
Authors voice and dry humor throughout the book.
There were many characters but the author and his quest was my favorite.
The whirling dervish.
No - I wanted to prolong the pleasure.
Dull, boring and needlessly vulgar. I was really looking forward to something clever and entertaining - but I very disappointed.
Proulx does not disappoint and the narrator is excellent. Highly enjoyable and engaging stories with great presentation by the reader.
Started out promising and quickly became dull and plodding. What a disappointment.
The best audio book I've ever listened to. Of course - I am a "Trekie" but I've listened to this 3 times and still am not tired of it. The narrator has a highly entertaining style and the content really is interesting if you have been immersed in any of the Star Trek genre of shows. Highly entertaining, smart and clever.
Interesting and entertaining. If you work in an office environment - you'll find types you recognize here and it's refreshing to hear them described in context. I enjoyed this.
This is biased political commentary and I suppose the author has the right to say whatever he wants - but I wanted wit, observation and insight without being beat over the head with his point of view. Very disappointing....I deleted it after about 30 minutes of listening.
Very entertaining audio book - vicarious adventure to follow a woman who 'chucks it all' to live in a harsh place for a season. Clever writing and engages the reader. The australian accent of the reader was a bit annoying - but the story was great.
This is an exceedingly dull book. It was so disappointing after the witty and highly entertaining "Walk in the Woods" and other travel books by this author. If you've read "Walk in the Woods" and other Bryson travel books and are seeking additional Bryson style wit and originality - I think you will be disappointed.
I was so very disappointed in this book. It's a rambling, non-original and not well presented. It plods along in a manner that defies holding the interest of the reader. I read (heard) one of Frances Mays short stories about overseas travel and it was excellent - but it was a single short story and perhaps she should stick to that genre where there is a clear destination for the narrative (or even a focused snapshot). The content is weak - I do not know how this was published. I agree with a prior reviewer - someone should stop this - I know I will never buy another of her books/stories and I LOVE travel books but this does not qualify as a narrative that leaves the reader with insights of the places traveled, The focus clearly on the writer not the subject.
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