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Headhunters on My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story | [J. Maarten Troost]

Headhunters on My Doorstep: A True Treasure Island Ghost Story

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.
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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.

©2013 J. Maarten Troost (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Michael San Francisco, CA, United States 08-29-13
    Michael San Francisco, CA, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great South Pacific Book from Mr. Troost"
    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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    michael c. hughes 10-22-13
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    "Despite being a fan... Beware"

    I have loved the previous South Pacific books but just hated this. The whiney introspection did nothing for me. Please Mr Troost, entertain me. This is not the venue for your problems. I am glad that you have battled the demon drink (& your publishers) successfully, however I do not wish to read a book about it!! Mr Vance did a sterling job with a horrible book. No fault there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert M. 05-14-15
    Robert M. 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed"

    I loved Sex Lives of Cannibals, and very much liked Getting Stoned with Savages but this book really lacked something. I am tempted to use the word "boring". The narrator sounded as he was ready to slip into a stupor at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey 04-14-15
    Jeffrey 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My Favorite Travel Author Gets Personal"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Headhunters on My Doorstep to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Vance and Troost are and incredible match.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The one writing it of course


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

    Top notch as usual. One of the best readers in the world.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people complain about Troost getting personal about his struggles past and present while on this travel journey and, I would think, have a sadistic side in enjoying the humor in his past explorations of places along with copious amounts of intoxicants. Therefore, you'll see some negative reviews on this one as it strays just a tad from his normal outings. However, nothing is lost to me in this recount. His historical perceptive and information stays true and loose as usual which makes it all more accessible versus being like textbook material. I can't get enough from Troost and am so upset that his journey through India book got canned. This book loses some entertainment value versus is other ones as it's a bit more serious than the others but, to me, it makes it only a tad less enjoyable than all his others. The bar has always been set high with Troost, though. It remains so here but the tone is only slightly different. I still laughed, learned, and thoroughly enjoyed and you will too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten WASILLA, AK, United States 07-02-14
    Kirsten WASILLA, AK, United States 07-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Twisted Humour in the South Pacific~"

    If you enjoyed the Sex Lives of Cannibals then you will enjoy this book as well - although that one was much better than this one. The title is a little off - didn't seem to correlate to the overall story. The writer does a great job in portraying his true colours when confronting his addiction to alcohol but this wasn't anything I saw coming when reading the synopsis. His wit in dealing with this addiction is bittersweet.

    He does a fine job of portraying some of the interesting geography of the Marquesas, Fukarawa,Tahiti, Fiji and back to his first experience with the far South Pacific, Kirabati. He even ties in some interesting points on writer Robert Louis Stevenson (things I had no idea about) and finally ending up in Samoa at Stevenson's grave. I've always thought that Tahiti would be on my list of places to travel to some day, along with Fuji but now, I have a new fascination with the Marquesas too now.

    I've not read Getting Stoned with Savages but if it's anything like Sex Lives, it's on my readying list now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JSailor 06-29-14
    JSailor 06-29-14
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    "Another Informative Book by Maaaaarten!"
    Where does Headhunters on My Doorstep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better audiobooks I have listened to. I learned a lot about alcoholism (which may have been the point of his book along with a contractual requirement from the publisher) as well as the travels and stories of RLS. I liked the English accent of the reader.


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    Jennifer 11-23-13
    Jennifer 11-23-13
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    "English accent?"
    If you could sum up Headhunters on My Doorstep in three words, what would they be?

    I really have no idea why they would have chosen someone with an English accent for this audiobook where an American guy is telling a personal account of his life/travels... Just seemed really odd for an American guy's story to be told by a guy with a British accent... some of the jokes were so very American that they just sounded odd with the accent. I felt like the narrator did a good job, but just wasn't the person I would have picked to be J. Maarten Troost...


    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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