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Noam

D.N. Menashe, Israel

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  • The Great Railway Bazaar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux's account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes - the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto, and the Trans-Siberian Express - it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met.

    David says: "Just about as good as it gets..."
    "Excellent depiction"
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    I love travel and love travelogues.
    This is my first experience with Paul Theroux and I extremely enjoyed his humor and his insight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    In Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Paul Theroux retraces the steps he took thirty years ago in his classic The Great Railway Bazaar. From the Eurostar in London, he once again sets out on a journey to the East, travelling overland through Eastern Europe, India and Asia. Infused with the changes that have shaped the exterior landscape and enriched with developments to his own perceptions and psychology, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is an absorbing and beautifully written follow-up to The Great Railway Bazaar.

    Roger says: "ghost train to the eastern star"
    "A great follow up to the first"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed The Great Railway Bazaar, and so I decided to take this one on too.
    I was afraid that this wouldn't live up, but it really did.
    Paul's writing is excellent, and he's still an avid traveler; the fact that he had to change course from the original route made it all the more interesting as he was able to reach new places that he hadn't before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1990)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1004)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "I wanted to like this book but just couldn't"
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    Story

    The genre of this book and this particular type of humor are ones that I generally like, but the narration and the way the book is written just put me off.
    I found both extremely irritating and just quit the book after an hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Louis Theroux
    • Narrated By Louis Theroux
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    For 10 years, Louis Theroux has been making programmes about off-beat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits America and the people who have most fascinated him to try to discover what motivates them, why they believe the things they believe, and to find out what has happened to them since he last saw them.

    James says: "Short but good"
    "An absolutely fascinating listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a big fan of Louis' work and have watched the majority of his documentaries.

    This was probably the reason I found myself so captivated by this title; Louis revisits a select number of memorable characters in a sort of "Where are they now?" type of quest.

    He gives a succinct review of each character before describing the re-visitation, so you're not completely lost if you haven't watched his shows (though you really should).

    Louis also provides very interesting insights in regard to the individuals and cultures he encounters and the occasional character imitations he performs are super adorable, too.

    Definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricky Business

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    The Extravaganza of the Seas is a 5,000 ton cash cow, a top-heavy tub whose sole function is to carry gamblers three miles from the Florida coast, take their money, then bring them back so they can find more money.

    William says: "A Lot of Fun"
    "Good title of an audiobook suitable genre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A light action/comedy story that's ideal for audio books. The story doesn't always require your full concentration and still remains interesting and entertaining.
    I thought the narrator performed fairly well, given such a diverse range of character types.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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