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The Bone Man of Benares

Narrated by: Terry Tarnoff
Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
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In 1971, Terry Tarnoff packed a bag, a guitar, and 16 harmonicas and headed out on an eight-year journey that would take him into the jungles of Africa, the mountains of India, and beyond. This account of his revelatory journey is a tumultuous love story, a spiritual odyssey, and a rollicking escapade all rolled up into one. Tarnoff is a fevered, risk-taking writer with an uncanny ability to render place. 

The Bone Man of Benares is a lunatic bird of a book, flapping, singing, soaring, often all at the same time. It's a wild-hearted celebration of cross-cultural discovery, a laugh-out-loud, delirious adventure that traverses the chasm of time, speaking to listeners young and old about the universal need for connection.  

©2013 Terry Tarnoff (P)2019 Terry Tarnoff

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Truly A Literary And Aural Cinematic Event

This audiobook narrative by Terry Tarnoff of his book, "The Bone Man Of Benares" is masterful, and I recommend it to all those who've read 'The Bone Man' as well as those who have never had the unimaginable experience. Listening to Tarnoff's many-faceted narrative is equal to watching "Apocalypse Now" for the first time -- shrapnel and live fire hits you from everywhere and out of nowhere at any and all moments. It's truly a literary and aural cinematic event. And you'll never listen to another narrative like this one because this world is gone forever. Tarnoff's adventures occur at a time when hippies, poets, musicians -- wanderers with rucksacks -- populated special places in the world. His voice, an amazing, powerful instrument with innumerable variations of tone and texture takes you on an existential, philosophical, epochal voyage through Africa and Asia with stops in Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Paris. While exuding the obsessions of a hyper-romantic, poetic young man in his twenties, Tarnoff's adventures and observations of the intersection of hip international youth with the local populations of India, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, and Indonesia become a fun-house of brilliant comedic revelations. He is able to reach high points of hilarious situational absurdity which one could never imagine occurring in today's googled, globalized online 'culture'. Tarnoff's narrative is magical and hypnotic in its rhythms, which spill out in cascades of bright movie-like eruption, as we see the wonders of the East through his eyes. He consistently tantalizes us us with his razor-sharp, off-kiltered wonder at the insanity of the conundrums in which he continually finds himself on his eight-year journey. Tarnoff tackles the demons he finds within, often caught in a drug-infused swirl of hashish smoke and various powders during those hot, humid, monsoon-filled, somehow innocent times. There is an ecstatic and deeply humorous, laugh-out-loud convergence between Tarnoff's mind and the reality of the bizarre world he travels through, and it all comes out with great immediacy and relevance in the inimitable voice of one who's been to worlds we can no longer observe. We're along for the ride, bouncing from chapter to chapter with some of the wackiest, most otherworldly characters in contemporary literature, as told by a character himself who is as confused and amazed as those he writes about, a narrator armed with deep wit, and downright interestingness.

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Fantastic Listening Experience!

The book is incredible. The audiobook is even better! The story is great, the locations are exotic, and the characters are unforgettable. It's a great ride into a different time and place, a vibrant era that will forever excite the imagination.