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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

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. <br/><br/>I highly recommend this book to any one who loves the South Pacific and has compassion for the human experience.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Never fails to entertain- this author is great.

Witty, engrossing and often laugh-out-loud funny with vivid imagry and clever style. Well read and performed narration as well.

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very different, but as good as the others

it is about travel, but also the struggle with addiction. I found it entertaining and well done.

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Not as good as the previous books

Worth the "read" but with previous books I could (and did) re-read them, this one I won't

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J Maarten Troost is an incredible travel writer

His experiences mirror so many of my experiences around the world that sometimes I feel like I am reading my own story. As for those that don't like the fact that he poured his heart out about his battle with alcoholism,they have obviously never suffered from the disease. People just want to read about the romantic dream of escapism and not the pitfalls along the journey. Unfortunately, traveling always has its ups and downs and his writings about his battles and victories are mixed in well together.

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Troost Truthful and Brilliant

Any additional comments?

Gotta love a book that makes you think, feel, laugh and cry. At the end of this one, I wanted to smile and weep uncontrollably at the same time, not really something you should do while driving, but I liked the feeling. Troost, well, I don't know what to say about him, I guess he surprised me with this one, maybe reminding me of myself at points. It's an honest appraisal of himself and his life, and that tale is neatly woven into the life & times of Robert Louis Stevenson. In the end I guess my review comes down to two words: Well done.

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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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.