The Duncan brothers just wanted to get away - so they decided to take a stress free trip to the South Pacific Islands.
Their six month trip turned into both a blessing and a curse. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the world turned completely upside down. The events of "The Day" transpired out of their comprehension and control and changed the course of history and the world as they've always known it.
Their trip to the remote island of Rahiti seemingly saved their lives, but also alienated them from the life they once knew. On the upside, they're living in paradise; on the downside, they may never see their family, friends, or home ever again. They simply wanted to escape the pressures of business and society for a while and take a sabbatical to surf, relax, and enjoy island life. They got way more than they bargained for.
©2013 Sean Donovan (P)2013 Sean Donovan
I thought the author did a great job narrating - especially trying to play the part of so many characters. It was interesting him speak the variety of parts. Great voice. I also drive a lot so being able to listen to the book via audio was very helpful. I don't have much time to read sitting down. So the audio edition was great!
I really liked the unexpected ending. It totally caught me off guard.
Hoku! His story was amazing and what he endured - Wow!
I did --- I had to listen to it in chunks of time but I didn't want to STOP! Great job.
The book started off slow with lots of build-up and character development, but quickly turned into a very captivating story. I think many people, including myself, have dreamed of taking a life-changing trip and getting away from it all - good concept for a story. The unpredictable plot really drives home the point of how quickly things can change, both in and out of one's control. I also liked the points on being sustainable and environmentally friendly. I think this book would make an excellent movie!
I'd say that The Trip is one of the best books I've read/listened to. I'd give it a 9.5 out of 10 compared to the other books I've read. I mostly read non-fiction, so this fiction---or is it?---book was a great breath of fresh air for me.
The story of Hoku was a suspenseful as he battled the Matains at Mata Utu.
He has a certain deep cadence in his voice that is perfect for audio narration. You can hear his humbled tone and inflection.
Absolutely! I didn't want to stop listening while he talked about his solo adventure with the Mareva. The story of Hoku had me on the edge of my seat.
Donovan does an excellent job at captivating the beauty of the island and its people along with a breathtaking finale that actually had me gripping my pillow in anticipation. I look forward to listening to more of his books. Thanks!
Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.
No, poor writing, bad dialogue, cliches, and naive thought process pretty much kills it. I will probably ask for a refund on this mess.
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Sounds like Keanu Reeves channeling Bill and Ted after a long weekend with a hookah. Authors should not read their own books. At one point it sounds like he dropped the book, had to find his place and repeated the last sentence.
All of them. Very one dimensional characters. The main character is the worst. Self absorbed with illusions of altruism.
Overall it reminded me of an adolescent fantasy about green, eco, island living fueled by to much tofu, yoga and pot. Throw in a bit of end of the world nonsense, pseudo Eastern philosophy and stir in a good shot of stale bong water, surfer lingo and endless reggae references and you have a book barely fit for composting.
TAKE THE TRIP!
Undeniably, Hoku's story is the most memorable of The Trip. This multi-dimensional character lives the unthinkable.
Yes. I first became familiar with the author's non-fiction works on Audible, both of which approach health and personal development from a unique perspective, unlike typical books within these genres. Naturally when the author released this fiction piece, I was anxious to read it and I connected with the author on a completely new level. I prefer authors to narrate their own book; in this case the author had done so in all of the books I listened too. For me personally, it helps to build a rapport with the author. It is difficult to make a comparison here as the author's other works are non-fiction, whereas The Trip required character performance in addition to narration.
The story alone is quite captivating, furthermore I found myself in reflection, pausing several times throughout the pages. Emotions connected to love, regret, tragedy, resiliency, fear, family bonds (or lack thereof) and specifically fear of the unknown weighed heavy as I read the book. In addition I continued to ask myself "What would you do if ...?"
A stellar read for anyone who wants to take an EPIC trip, or better yet, is preparing to take one. Pack this in your suitcase!
I'm not sure he could. It's poorly written
This book reinforces my previous opinion that authors should NEVER read their own books. I failed to notice he was reading his own book or I would have never bought it. I'm sure there are exceptions but this is not one.
This book reads like it was written by a sad lonely nerd that wants to make himself the best of society and has no idea that real popularity is.
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