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Jeremy

Freehold, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

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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
    (120)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    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!"
    "loathe the author but admit it was entertaining."
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    What did you like best about The Dark Tourist? What did you like least?

    Never heard of the author but found myself hating him more and more. Very judgmental and hypocritical. Down on everyone and everything unless he does it himself. Then it is ok. Mentions many people and things that he loathes. Maybe his fans like this. I find it grating and annoying. One of those people that complains about everything and everybody, but offers nothing themselves. Unless this book is his offering, because with all that being said, I must admit it kept me entertained for a drive from Pittsburgh to NJ. Didn't like him, but a good story. He is able to tell a good story and keep people interested.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dom Joly before, how does this one compare?

    Never listened before and probably not again.


    What three words best describe Dom Joly’s voice?

    Patronizing
    Self absorbed
    Interesting


    Did The Dark Tourist inspire you to do anything?

    Be more accepting of people


    Any additional comments?

    You would think someone that travels so much would be less stereotypical and take each person for who they are. He is very dismissive of groups of people as a whole. Would find it very interesting to travel where he has gone, but wouldn't want to go with him.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fracture Zone: A Return to the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Award-winning journalist and author Simon Winchester takes readers on a personal tour of the Balkans. Combining history and interviews with the people who live there, Winchester offers a fascinating glimpse into the complex issues at work in this chaotic region. Unrest in the Balkans has gone on for centuries. A seasoned reporter, Winchester visited the region twenty years ago. When Kosovo reached crisis level in 1997, Winchester thought a return visit to the beleaguered area would help to make sense out of the awful violence.

    Jeremy says: "Loved this-Great combo:Story and History Explained"
    "Loved this-Great combo:Story and History Explained"
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    Would you listen to The Fracture Zone again? Why?

    Probably not as I don't typically listen to books like this again, but it was very interesting and informative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Was looking for an audio book that gave me a framework of the issues in the Balkans and this does so within the structure of an interesting and entertaining story so wasn't as dry as a history text.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite was actually how he sprinkled in the historical background within the scenes, so you learned while you were entertained.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of the unnecessary violence was upsetting but informative.


    Any additional comments?

    Was just really pleasantly surprised with this book. Figured I'd pick up on some history through an adventure travel type of story but really got both in a great way. Really happy with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where the West Ends: Stories from the Middle East, the Balkans, the Black Sea, and the Caucasus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael J. Totten
    • Narrated By Steven Roy Grimsley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Prize-winning author Michael J. Totten returns with a masterpiece of travel writing and history in this journey through 13 nations - all but two formerly communist - just beyond the edge of the West where few casual travelers venture. His work as an independent foreign correspondent takes him deep into the field beyond the sensational headlines, from his hilariously miserable road trip with his best friend to Iraq to the Wild West of Albania, the most bizarre country in Europe; from the killing fields in Bosnia and Kosovo to a Romania haunted by the ghosts of its communist past.

    Love says: "Not a right wing fanatic"
    "Loved this book"
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    If you could sum up Where the West Ends in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting Travel Essay


    What did you like best about this story?

    Was looking for more information about the Balkans and this was not only informative, but very entertaining and would call it a page turner except I listened to it. Would definitely listen or read to other books by him just because I liked the author and his style of delivery. If you have any interest in this area of the world, this would be a good read/listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Solid book. Wish he had more about this area and I could find more like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Wouldn't Start From Here: The 21st Century and Where it All Went Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andrew Mueller
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    I Wouldn't Start From Here is Andrew Mueller's personal memoir of the 21st century so far. It features any number of exotic locations, and a cast of revolutionaries, rock stars, politicians, hitmen, warmongers and peacemakers. Between ducking for cover in Gaza, running roadblocks in Iraq, getting arrested in Cameroon and hanging out with Hezbollah, this is a search for an answer to perhaps the key question of our time: "What is it with these people?"

    John says: "Excellent"
    "OK, but nothing great"
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Mueller and/or Dennis Holland?

    Maybe, I don't really love the author. Read the book because I thought it would be similar to Where the West Ends, which I loved, but not as good or entertaining and didn't love the author.


    Could you see I Wouldn't Start From Here being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It was fine but I have to admit I lost interest and didn't finish. I was expecting more. Had its entertaining points and if you are interested in certain areas in the world, it may be worth just checking in on those chapters to see if you get a new perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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