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The Sex Lives of Cannibals Audiobook

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

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Publisher's Summary

At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "If you like Bill Bryson, you will love this book"

    Great writing with an eye for humor and the skill to make it funny. Bill Bryson fan? You will love this book.

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    After getting back from a French Polynesian trip, a friend recommended this book to me. It was wonderful, and I had a sense of a lot of this while we were there. Of course you never quite understand what is going on behind the scenes, but all of this made so much sense to me, and I could feel the nostalgia

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    Kari♡ Penny Lane 06-09-15
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    "Funny!"

    I loved this book. It is hilarious and makes you wonder in what world we live in (America). Makes me want to experience the simple (and possibly dangerous) island life.

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    Xavi007 Stratford, CT, United States 06-07-15
    Xavi007 Stratford, CT, United States 06-07-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Adventurous, educational, and funny!"

    This book is exactly what I love to read and beyond! I love how the true world past and present is presented. Witty, exciting, educational. I am so happy the author was able to get over his writers block and share his (and others) experiences. :) the narrator reads as if he wrote it!! A great narrator indeed!!
    I will be looking for more books by this author as well as the narrator!

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    "Very funny! I recommend it"

    The narrator was fantastic and the author has a great sense of humor! A bit of history about Pacific atolls as we!l!

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    "Fun and well told"

    I purchased this book on a recommendation knowing nothing about it other than the title, which I found somewhat amusing. Having finished it, I can say that the book was a charming, funny, and informative account of life on a distant island - a subject that I did not know I had any interest in prior to this purchase, yet was consumed by it none the less. The narrator does a perfect job capturing the essence of the story, and I am overall pleased with the purchase and the time spent getting to know the author and the distant island in the South Pacific that was the subject of this delightful book.

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    Felipe Castillo Vancouver, Canada 06-05-14
    Felipe Castillo Vancouver, Canada 06-05-14 Member Since 2017

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    "My kind of fun book"
    If you could sum up The Sex Lives of Cannibals in three words, what would they be?

    The most fun you can have by getting close to somebody else's life


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    This book made me love audiobooks even more and decided to buy all the books from this author. From the way the author address you, the informality, it makes for such comical situations. I highly recommend this book

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    Tanya Dunedin, New Zealand 08-06-13
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    "Fun but ridiculous"

    I don't know how much of this story I believe but I really enjoyed it. I think there is grain of truth in it all but completely exaggerated. But that's ok. Still a lot of fun.

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    Martha Toledo, OH, United States 07-25-13
    Martha Toledo, OH, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A fun listen!"
    Would you listen to The Sex Lives of Cannibals again? Why?

    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.


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