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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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

Any additional comments?

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

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

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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Light and entertaining with some unexpected depth

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clearly the author as he is writing in first person.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, audibly, quite often.

Any additional comments?

Don't let the title fool you. This is a funny yet deep book that does NOT exploit the inhabitants of the islands.

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  • Amanda
  • United States
  • 05-01-13

Funny and insightful

What made the experience of listening to The Sex Lives of Cannibals the most enjoyable?

The fact that for several days after listening to it, I heard my life narrated by the author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sex Lives of Cannibals?

It was all memorable

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

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

all of it

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  • LL
  • 04-03-13

Hilarious!

I laughed out loud several times. This hilarious book was well worth the credit!

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  • Zack
  • Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA
  • 02-28-13

Great Book and Great Reader

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.

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  • Ronald
  • ROSWELL, NM, United States
  • 08-17-12

mmm mmm good!

Where does The Sex Lives of Cannibals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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!

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Absolutely brilliant!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

Buy this audiobook and you'll never see the South Pacific in the same way.

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absolutely hilarious

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for something that will satisfy both male and female listeners - this is it. Keeps you laughing.