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  • The Great Railway Bazaar | Paul Theroux

    The Great Railway Bazaar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux's account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes - the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto, and the Trans-Siberian Express - it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met.

    david d. says: "Just about as good as it gets..."
  • Mother Land | Paul Theroux

    Mother Land

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
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    To those in her Cape Cod town, Mother is an exemplar of piety, frugality, and hard work. To her husband and seven children, she is the selfish, petty tyrant of Mother Land. She excels at playing her offspring against each other. Her favorite, Angela, died in childbirth; only Angela really understands her, she tells the others. The others include the officious lawyer, Fred; the uproarious professor, Floyd; a pair of inseparable sisters whose devotion to Mother has consumed their lives; and JP, the narrator, a successful writer whose work she disparages.

    matthew says: "celebrates the mediocrity of the American family"
  • The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari | Paul Theroux

    The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    A final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of fans. Journeying alone, in what he feels will be his last African journey, Paul Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Having travelled down the right-hand side of Africa in Dark Star Safari, he sets out this time from Cape Town, heading northward up the left-hand side, through South Africa and Namibia, to Botswana, heading for the Congo, in search of the end of the line.

    Roxanna says: "Paul Theroux heads into the African Sunset"
  • Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads | Paul Theroux

    Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    Paul Theroux has spent 50 years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his 10th travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America - the Deep South.

    J. Beardsley says: "Painful Narrator"
  • Ghost Train to the Eastern Star | Paul Theroux

    Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    In Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Paul Theroux retraces the steps he took thirty years ago in his classic The Great Railway Bazaar. From the Eurostar in London, he once again sets out on a journey to the East, travelling overland through Eastern Europe, India and Asia. Infused with the changes that have shaped the exterior landscape and enriched with developments to his own perceptions and psychology, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star is an absorbing and beautifully written follow-up to The Great Railway Bazaar.

    Roger says: "ghost train to the eastern star"
  • The Mosquito Coast | Paul Theroux

    The Mosquito Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
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    Allie Fox is going to re-create the world. Abominating the cops, crooks, junkies and scavengers of modern America, he abandons civilization and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, messianic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness.

    Joan says: "Dreadful in every sense of the word."
  • Millroy the Magician | Paul Theroux

    Millroy the Magician

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
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    Jilly Farina is 14. Her father is drunk on the day of the Barnstable County Fair, so she goes by herself, and that night her life is transformed. When she walks into a tent to see Millroy the Magician, his eyes lighten from brown to green and fasten upon her. He performs miracles before her spellbound eyes. He tells her that he will train her to be his assistant, and he will give her a sequined costume. But this is only the beginning. Millroy is a magician not just of mere conjuring but of true, baffling magic. He is a healer, too, a vegetarian and, from health magician to cult leader, Millroy is unstoppable.

  • Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around the Coast of Britian | Paul Theroux

    Kingdom by the Sea: A Journey Around the Coast of Britian

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
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    American-born Paul Theroux had lived in England for 11 years when he realized he'd explored dozens of exotic locations without discovering anything about his adopted home. So, with a knapsack on his back, he set out to explore by walking and by short train trips. The result is a witty, observant and often acerbic look at an ever eccentric assortments of Brits in all shapes and sizes.

    Gambol says: "Not Theroux at his Best, but still a Worthy Listen"
  • The Mosquito Coast: A Novel | Paul Theroux

    The Mosquito Coast: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
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    This riveting tale from critically acclaimed author Paul Theroux inspired a powerful motion picture and is considered a modern masterpiece. Allie Fox is a brilliant inventor. He’s also a deeply paranoid man who is disenchanted with American materialism and conformity. Abandoning his old life, he believes he can build a better existence for his family in the Honduran jungle. But Allie’s utopian ideals are more easily imagined than realized, and soon his dark obsessions lead his family down an extremely angerous path.

    matthew says: "A genius who is also crazy"
  • Half Moon Street | Paul Theroux

    Half Moon Street

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Davina Porter, Norman Dietz
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    A young, smart, and beautiful American woman signs up for an escort service to prove to a man she barely knows that she will do just about anything.

  • Great Railway Bazaar | Paul Theroux

    Great Railway Bazaar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London's Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. Brimming with Theroux's signature humor and wry observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveler.

    R. Wagner says: "Viewing the World from a Railway Carriage"
  • Hotel Honolulu | Paul Theroux

    Hotel Honolulu

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
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    A writer accepts a job as a manager of a low-rent hotel in Hawaii. He acts as a witness to the hotel's cast of characters, chronicling their stories and ultimately regaining his will to write.

    matthew says: "Shockingly warped!"
  • Kowloon Tong: A Novel of Hong Kong | Paul Theroux

    Kowloon Tong: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By David Dukes
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    Neville "Bunt" Mullard and his mother, Betty, see Hong Kong as part of Great Britain; a cozy, monotonous, beguilingly pleasant part, in which the family business has afforded them a comfortable living. They can see China from their living room, but they have never been there. Certainly they have never been forced to think about the impending "Chinese take-away" until mainland businessman Mr. Hugo offers them a tidy sum for their textile factory. Bunt refuses him out of hand, but it soon emerges that this well-spoken gentleman is different from the Hong Kong Chinese....

  • My Other Life: A Novel | Paul Theroux

    My Other Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By David Dukes
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    Spanning almost 30 years, My Other Life traces the journey of a fictional Paul Theroux from young bachelorhood in Africa, to his travels between continents, being in and out of marriage, and through affairs and various means of employment. From his early education at the knee of a highly eccentric uncle, until his years as a fledgling novelist in London under the wing of the rapacious Lady Max, this writer of different guises eventually returns alone to his hometown.

  • The Lower River | Paul Theroux

    The Lower River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
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    A titan of American letters, Paul Theroux wowed audiences and critics with his modern classic The Mosquito Coast. Its captivating thematic cousin, The Lower River, stars Ellis Hock, a man whose dreams of world travel and humanitarianism in the Peace Corps were dashed when he returned home to assume control of his family's business. Now with his wife having left and his life stagnant, Ellis makes the fateful decision to travel back to the small African village he once called home. Yet the happiness and fulfillment he seeks remain elusive.

    R. Jaeger says: "Disappointed"
  • Fresh Air Fiend | Paul Theroux

    Fresh Air Fiend

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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    In Fresh Air Fiend, Theroux's pen serves him well with astute, lively pieces that stray far beyond simple "travel essays" and reveal his self-inflicted lifestyle of compulsive travel, writing, and alienation. In this collection, there's a strong autobiographical streak, as well as historical perspectives and a sardonic view on aging. "One of the more bewildering aspects of growing older," he writes in "'Memory and Creation,'" "is that people constantly remind you of things that never happened."

    matthew says: "Inspirational"
  • Masterpieces of Modern Short Fiction | Ambrose Bierce,Joseph Conrad,F. Scott Fitzgerald,Aldous Huxley,Joyce Carol Oats,Philip Roth,Paul Theroux,Orson Welles,Isabel Allende

    Masterpieces of Modern Short Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others
    • Narrated By David Birney, Michael York
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    An eclectic compendium of the finest short fiction of the last 150 years, featuring works by Paul Theroux, Joseph Conrad, James Ellroy, Ambrose Bierce, Charlotte Perkins Gillman, Aldous Huxley, Philip Roth, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    Christopher says: "Probably better to read"
  • Paul Theroux: The Collected Stories | Paul Theroux

    Paul Theroux: The Collected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Susan Anspach, David Birney, William Windom
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    Collected here for the first time, Theroux's tales are funny, sardonic, sensuous and evocative, streaked with terror and cruelty. All glow with Theroux's intelligence, elegance and ironic wit; with his marvelous sense of place; and with his tragi-comic vision. Full of suspense and the unexpected, this collection shows Theroux, the secret writer, as a master of the form.

  • The Elephanta Suite | Paul Theroux

    The Elephanta Suite

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
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    This fabulous, far-reaching book breathtakingly captures the tumult, ambition, hardship and serenity that mark modern India. Theroux's characters risk venturing far beyond its well-worn paths to discover woe or truth or peace. A holidaying middle-aged couple veer heedlessly from idyll to chaos. A buttoned-up Boston lawyer finds relief in Mumbai's reeking slums. A young woman befriends an elephant in Bangalore.

  • Mr Bones: Twenty Stories | Paul Theroux

    Mr Bones: Twenty Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Garrick Hagon, Jennifer Woodward, Vince Pirillo, and others
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    A family watches, horrified, as their patriarch transforms into the wise-cracking lead of an old-timey minstrel show. An art collector gleefully destroys his most valuable pieces. A young artist devotes himself to a wealthy, malicious gossip, knowing that it's just a matter of time before she turns on him. In this new collection of short stories, Paul Theroux explores the tenuous leadership of the elite and the surprising revenge of the overlooked.

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