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The Mosquito Coast | [Paul Theroux]

The Mosquito Coast

Allie Fox is going to re-create the world. Abominating the cops, crooks, junkies and scavengers of modern America, he abandons civilization and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, messianic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness.
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Allie Fox is going to re-create the world. Abominating the cops, crooks, junkies and scavengers of modern America, he abandons civilization and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, messianic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness.

©1982 Cape Cod Scriveners (P)2010 Recorded Books LLC

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    cathy CULVER CITY, CA, United States 10-21-12
    cathy CULVER CITY, CA, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping story and travelogue"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I didn't think I could stand Allie for the length of the book; his character's brillance didn't make up for his insuffrable nature. Theroux, telling the book from the POV of Charley, made me sympathetic. The insight into a man teetering on the edge of obession and madness was intriguing and perspicacious; describing "Fatboy" as a reflection of Allie's mind was a great metaphor. You can understand how a man, held in check by our society, goes off into the wild and follows his instincts to the inevitable consequences. It was also a gripping story that raised valid issues about America and our values. And a great travel story as well - well researched and I could feel the country. It played into my fantasies of "what would I do if stranded on a desert island."


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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-12-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "a vey good book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mosquito Coast to be better than the print version?

    i never read the print version but think i saw the movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the characters were so well developed. allie reminded me of an exagerated archie bunker but he was still believable. it was an unusual setting.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes he is consistantly good!


    If you could take any character from The Mosquito Coast out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    allie's wife. i would like to know why she stayed married to such a egotistical,crazy, offensive man--even tho he was a genius.


    Any additional comments?

    i will read this book many times! it was so good i read it in two days.

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    Joan Hillsboro, OR, United States 07-12-15
    Joan Hillsboro, OR, United States 07-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Dreadful in every sense of the word."
    Would you listen to The Mosquito Coast again? Why?

    Unlikely. This book is a painful look into family dynamics that would break most of us.


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

    For anyone who has personally experienced verbal battery, this book will be instantly recognizable. My continuing thought was "Mom, how can you stay allow this to continue?" Which, of course, is always the question.


    Any additional comments?

    I rate this book as 5 only because of its power - not because it is "good". It is very like being in a continuous train wreck, bruised and bloody.. Or like having a 707 go down in your neighborhood in a ball of fire, and being unable to do anything but watch in horror..

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    "Poor predicable plot"

    Well written but plot very poor and predictable I could t recommend unless you just enjoy Paul Theroux

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