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Ronald

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  • Lost on Planet China

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (226)

    When the travel bug bit, J. Maarten Troost took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

    Dan says: "Funny but harsh with some underlying truth."
    "What is this superpower really up to? Bloody hell!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost on Planet China to be better than the print version?

    I get the audiobook precisely because I don't want to read. However, that being said, I couldn't imagine this book without Simon Vance's narration. The British accent simply adds to the outrageousness and curltural extremes. This is an adventure book and as Maarten considers raising children in a world of Chinese dominance, we get an up close and unvarnished view of the makers of everything cheap. 1.5 billion Chinese all living together in smog, close quarters and a dizzy array of sub dialetics. As a power to contend with in the world, China is known to be oppressive, impressive and big!


    What other book might you compare Lost on Planet China to and why?

    Before starting this adventure, begin with Maarten's book Sex Lives of Cannibals and go on to Getting Stoned with Savages. Come back in the knowledge that whatever is going on in China, we will follow the man lived and drank with cannibals and survived, so how bad can it be there? Really, really bad.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Listening to Simon is just too damn funny. As Maarten, the Netherland born, California based, pragmatic english speaking (with a British accent), he is absolutely brilliant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The cultural shocks in this audiobook are extreme. The Chinese do things their way and the author revealing China, all the warts, beauty, bigness, and amazing discriptions of scenic vistas totally breath-taking in scope.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the author mentions it a number of times, it should be said that China is big. Really big!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Stoned with the Savages: A Trip through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    After two grueling years on the island of Tarawa, Troost was in no hurry to return to the South Pacific until he began to feel remarkably out of place in modern America. He knew it was time to set off again for parts unknown. Here he tells the story of his time on Vanuatu, a cluster of islands where he struggles against typhoons, earthquakes, and giant centipedes but finds himself swept up in the laid-back, clothing-optional lifestyle of the islanders.

    L. Worthington says: "My new favorite author!"
    "and the adventure continues..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Chock full of adventure. Cultural clashes over intoxicants? Once again, Maarten follows his wife and finds the bar. Wonderful narration, this audiobook simply continues on from Sex Lives... Funny as hell!


    What other book might you compare Getting Stoned with the Savages to and why?

    Start with Sex Lives of Cannibals. The adventure begins on a South Pacific atole (essentially a small mass of volcanic rock currently above the ocean's surface, think Castaway). Continue on with Lost on Planet China.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Big numbers versus small numbers. hmmmm!


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

    Man versus centipede. What else can I say. Other than they are poisonous and have hundreds of legs. Oh yeah, they're big too!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this audiobook and you may find yourself travelling to Alaska instead. Fair warning!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (268)

    At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

    Elizabeth says: "HILARIOUS"
    "mmm mmm good!"
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    Where does The Sex Lives of Cannibals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The author is engaging, comical and self deprecating. Simon Vance is brilliant! Not quite a travel book, but an all out adventure in the 21st century. Very entertaining from beginning to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author manages to reveal life on an atole in the Pacific ocean. Some are marooned, while others like the author follow their wives, and so the adventure begins. Spot on!


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Absolutely brilliant!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to get on a plane, but thankfully came to my senses, finished the book and realized that real paradise is just not the same with the shit, sharks and tsnamis.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this audiobook and you'll never see the South Pacific in the same way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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