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Michael

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    A final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of fans. Journeying alone, in what he feels will be his last African journey, Paul Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Having travelled down the right-hand side of Africa in Dark Star Safari, he sets out this time from Cape Town, heading northward up the left-hand side, through South Africa and Namibia, to Botswana, heading for the Congo, in search of the end of the line.

    matthew says: "The B side of Dark Star Safari"
    "Norman Dietz should have read this"
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    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Last Train to Zona Verde again? Why?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Train to Zona Verde?

    Namibia


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John McDonough?

    Norman Dietz


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Please have Norman Dietz narrate this book over again, he is the only person who can narrate Paul Theroux's novels with any credibility.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters on My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Entertainment Weekly calls acclaimed author and essayist J. Maarten Troost a "funny, candid, and down-to-earth travel companion". Both witty and poignant, Headhunters on My Doorstep follows Troost as he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson’s path through the South Pacific. Somewhere between AA meetings in Tahiti and discovering how the Island of Merrymaking got its name, Troost reconnects with himself, his family, and the beauty of life.

    Michael says: "Another great South Pacific Book from Mr. Troost"
    "Another great South Pacific Book from Mr. Troost"
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    Would you listen to Headhunters on My Doorstep again? Why?

    Yes, I already have. No one writes about the South Pacific in such an authentic way like J. Maarten Troost.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Headhunters on My Doorstep?

    I really enjoyed his time on Fakarava and swimming with the Sharks, but there were many memorable moments, I thought his discription of the Marqueses Islands was great!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Swimming with the Sharks on Fakarava


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

    I loved the ending!


    Any additional comments?

    I've read all of Mr. Troost's books and was excited when I heard a new book about the South Pacific was coming out. I've read other reviews and some complain about the fact that the books contains elements of he personal life, including dealing with alcohol issues. I think this only adds to the depth of this book and makes it even more interesting. Most travel writers either just describe what they see and/or try to be funny and it seems shallow. This book goes deeper and therefor is more enjoyable. It's still funny but is more human and real than most adventure travel books.

    I highly recommend this book to any one who loves the South Pacific and has compassion for the human experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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