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Getting Stoned with the Savages: A Trip through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu | [J. Maarten Troost]

Getting Stoned with the Savages: A Trip through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Getting Stoned with Savages again reveals Troost's wry wit and infectious joy of discovery in a hilarious account of life in the farthest reaches of the world.

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. When his wife Sylvia gets pregnant, they decamp for slightly more civilized Fiji, a fallen paradise rife with prostitutes and government coups, where their son takes quite naturally to island living.

©2006 J. Maarten Troost; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    L. Worthington Bonney Lake, WA United States 08-28-07
    L. Worthington Bonney Lake, WA United States 08-28-07 Member Since 2002
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    "My new favorite author!"

    I LOVED this book! It is hilarious, from beginning to end. Maarten Troost does a phenomenal job of putting you front and center into the experience of the story and leaves you wanting more. This story has a lot of adventures that cover several different aspects of travel, from actual travel itself on crappy ships and scary airplanes, to the culture of cannibals, tourists and ex-pats. I just wish it was longer and that he would hurry up and write another book!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Portland, OR, USA 04-10-09
    Gavin Portland, OR, USA 04-10-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Listen again & again"

    This book is a really terrific travel companion. Laugh-out-loud, embarrass-yourself-on-a-plane funny. Author has a fantastic gift for description, and the narrator does a great job of interpreting the author's voice. A MUST HAVE!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Davis, CA, USA 08-19-07
    Anne Davis, CA, USA 08-19-07 Member Since 2002
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    "a pleasure to hear"

    This book is interesting and hilarious. Troost has a great way of bringing across the details of somewhere far away, and presenting the shocking and uncomfortable realities as part of a great adventure. The narrator is right on for the text--understated, self-effacing, ironic. The only drawback is listening to the whole book too fast--its not one of those grave but worthy books that you have to prod yourself to listen to. This one will lift your spirits.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
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    "Entertaining and Educational"

    Spending a lot of time in Fiji myself, I can vouch for the 100% accuracy of the stories told in this book. Entertaining for sure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Pensacola, FL, USA 08-05-07
    Patricia Pensacola, FL, USA 08-05-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Getting Stones with the Savages"

    What a delightful book! I had greatly enjoyed "Sex Lives of Cannibals" and hoped that this sequel would live up to my expectations. It did! Hilarious, insightful and wonderful fun! The narration is spot on, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 07-07-11
    D. Martin Rockville, MD USA 07-07-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Not as good as the first one"

    If you're only going to listen to one J Maarten Troost travelogue, definitely make it the other one: The Sex Lives of Cannibals. If, after listening to that one, you're dying for more, then get this one, but be prepared for a little disappointment. It's good, but it's not as good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Toronto, ON, Canada 07-29-09
    Jamie Toronto, ON, Canada 07-29-09 Member Since 2009
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    "smart & funny"

    This is an entertaining romp through Vanuatu and Fiji, with plenty of everyday excitement (foot-long centipedes, cyclones, live volcanos), balanced by lively forays into the past (cannibalism, cargo cults, Captain Cook's voyages).

    It is not (nor is it meant to be) a novel, nor is it a review of different drugs (the author becomes fond of kava, a narcotic drink enjoyed widely in the South Pacific -- as the title indicates). Instead, it is a fantastic escape to a remote part of the world, by an author who comes across as smart, funny, self-deprecating, and immensely curious about the world. The narrator captures this persona very well.

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    Kim Holahan 07-25-08
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    "Laugh- out- loud funny!"

    Highly entertaining way to spend time on the treadmill at the gym. You may find people staring at your burst of laughter. Warning: a few F words used, but so funny I chose to overlook them.

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    Brad Tampa, FL, United States 10-15-13
    Brad Tampa, FL, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "No shoes, no shirt, no problem"
    What made the experience of listening to Getting Stoned with the Savages the most enjoyable?

    Tristan writes with a wit and humor unlike any other travel writer I have read. The stories are candid, funny and who knows how accurate or exaggerated they are but who cares cause you can't help but laugh out loud. The blend of personal antidote and history makes it a worth while read.


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    matthew san diego, CA, United States 10-07-13
    matthew san diego, CA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2008

    I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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    "An itinerant traveler"

    The author is a misanthrope, for that matter so am I. Tired of the 9-5 grind for a second time, he returns to the hot, laid back life of flip flops and sand. There are many funny things that happen, as could only happen on an equatorial island and we are treated to all of the hilarious details along the way. Simon Vance is a fabulous narrator once again. With a clear British accent that add to the humorous prose. I am a big fan of Mr. Troost and look forward to listening to his latest work soon.

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