This is the hilarious story of what happens when he discovers that the island is not the paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles with stifling heat, deadly bacteria, polluted seas, and toxic fish, in a country where the only music to be heard is "La Macarena". He and his stalwart girlfriend, Sylvia, contend with alarmingly large critters, a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis), and such bizarre local characters as "Half-Dead Fred" and the Poet Laureate of Tarawa, a British drunkard who's never written a poem in his life.
©2004 J. Maarten Troost; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"A comic masterwork of travel writing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Troost has a command of place and narrative that puts his debut in company with some of today's best travel writers." (Elle)
"A delightful, self-depreciating, extremely sly account of life in a place so wretched it gives new, terrible meaning to getting away from it all." (National Geographic Adventure)
Very possibly. This is a well written, very creative book. The reader does a very nice job: just enough inflection in his voice. It seems that the reader is also enjoying the stories.
Yes! It is capable of reaching listeners/readers at multiple depths and levels. It may be seen as simply comic and filled with one odd episode after another or as an interesting transformation of one caught in the rat race into one who actually can break out and be useful.
Clearly the author as he is writing in first person.
Toward the end, when they return to the US and realize that all the daily minutiae we think of as life is not living at all.
I laughed, audibly, quite often.
Don't let the title fool you. This is a funny yet deep book that does NOT exploit the inhabitants of the islands.
Say something about yourself!
The fact that for several days after listening to it, I heard my life narrated by the author.
It was all memorable
His voice and narration, again as he is the author, his story telling is far better than any one else who would attempt to read the book.
all of it
This book is perfect for anyone looking for a little bit of humor and a lot of adventure. Troost depicts his island life in vivid and hilarious detail. This book will keep you interested throughout and will transport your spirit to the islands in no time. I can not give enough praise to this fantastic book.
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.
If you are looking for something that will satisfy both male and female listeners - this is it. Keeps you laughing.
This is a fun book about a couples life on an atoll in the South Pacific, or better description about the mans life while his wife works. It has some funny parts and it has a couple of parts that are thought provoking. It is worth a read.
The airplane landing (or not) made me swerve off the road with laughter.
His timing is perfect and his delivery is appropriate. The author has a dry, Intelligent sense of humor. Vance's interpretation is spot on.
I loved hearing it in the car. My travels around Atlanta were made much more enjoyable because of this book. I wish it had been longer.
This book is FABULOUS! I also enjoyed Lost on Planet China by the same author. I did not, however, enjoy Getting Stoned with Savages. It is not up to par with the other two stories and not worth the read.
A light hearted look at what life is really like on a tropical island in the middle of nowhere. Troost weaves a great tale yet covers the struggles of being an outsider with a whole different exposure to what daily struggles look like. His ability to adjust and be accepted by the locals is humbling. Vance’s telling of the tale puts you right there on the island.
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