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!
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.
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.
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.
Although the author mentions it a number of times, it should be said that China is big. Really big!
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!
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.
Big numbers versus small numbers. hmmmm!
Man versus centipede. What else can I say. Other than they are poisonous and have hundreds of legs. Oh yeah, they're big too!
Buy this audiobook and you may find yourself travelling to Alaska instead. Fair warning!
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.
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!
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.
Buy this audiobook and you'll never see the South Pacific in the same way.
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