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Publisher's Summary

J. Maarten Troost charmed listeners with his humorous tales of wandering the remote islands of the South Pacific in The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages. When the travel bug bit again, he took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation.

As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

This insightful, hilarious narrative brings China to life as you've never seen it before.

©2008 J. Maarten Troost (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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My favorite and funniest audible book ever!

I have listened to this book numerous times without being bored. J. Maarten Troost is so funny and insightful. I can't wait to read his other books.

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Wanna know more about China?

This time, the author travels to China. He gives the daily life, living amongst the locals, the foods, sights and sounds. He admits from the beginning that this isn’t a scholarly sort of book on a China, but more of a book to read if you’re curious about what living there would be like. Very fascinating stuff. Simon Vance is also a plus.

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This book made me want to go.....

I can't praise this China-travel book enough. It's very informative, funny and descriptive. I will be traveling to China for sure after listening to it!

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  • noiron
  • east hampton,ct
  • 05-10-16

Nightmare undisguised

This book while well read is not the least bit enjoyable. Although probably portraying many unknown truths of the customs and habits of Chin presently and in bygone days,there is so much of what is depicted is unpleasant or downright scary and disgusting,.people,animals, environment,moral integrity, health, etc seem without value there. It certainly is an eye opener into the lengths some will go for profit worldwide.However it fosters neither further interest nor affection for China.

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LOVED it!

This was a delight from beginning to end. I love it when an author takes risks, and he did. His observations and honesty and humor are wonderful. I only wish there were more travel writers like him out there. This is one of those books that I wanted to write the author to lavish praise.

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Incredibly Humorous Book about China Travel

What made the experience of listening to Lost on Planet China the most enjoyable?

While extremely informative, the book was quite funny. The narrator was likely a factor in presenting an audiobook which caused me at numerous points to burst out laughing.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is about the travel all over China of a man from California whose family was considering moving to China. He traveled not only to Beijing and the coastal cities, but also to Tibet and the northern provinces. He did this as an individual who spoke very little Chinese.

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Best narrator! Absolutely hilarious

Just so good. I have enjoyed all of Maarten Troosts books, and recommend them all --- especially with this narrator who delivers wit and lot better than I've heard in ages.














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Weird Things in the Middle Kingdom

What did you like best about this story?

Troost spends quite a bit of time traveling around China, and recording his voluminous observations. It is great fun listening to Troost as he encounters strange foods, pollution, and more phlegm than one man can deal with. His wry humor will cause you to laugh out loud at places, so be wary of listening to this in public places.

Did Simon Vance do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Although Simon Vance does a fantastic job narrating author Troost's voice, he falls far short on the Chinese people quoted. They sound like bad imitations of Chinese people from 1930's pulp movies. Also, Vance butchers a number of Chinese words on place names in the text. A little consultation with a Chinese speaker would have helped a huge amount.

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  • Mark
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 09-19-14

Worn out by the constant

Would you try another book from J. Maarten Troost and/or Simon Vance?

Perhaps.

Has Lost on Planet China turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Vance?

Yes, if it is a good book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

To be fair, I stopped listening halfway. I imagine that travelling in China must be challenging at times. However, it seemed the author did not find anything during his travel in China that he enjoyed or liked. The constant complaining wore me out, and I stopped listening. Perhaps other readers who have listened to the entire book would have different conclusions from mine.

Any additional comments?

I have read his other books. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book.

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  • David
  • United States
  • 09-08-14

True to what a visit to China is like

What did you love best about Lost on Planet China?

The authors point of view is very funny.

What other book might you compare Lost on Planet China to and why?

Hotel at the top of the world. Similar humor.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

He's performance was incredible. I will look for him w hen making future purchases.

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

Talking to the lamps.

Any additional comments?

This is a great look at China.