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    • The Great Railway Bazaar

    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 271
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just about as good as it gets...

    • By david d. on 03-27-11

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • ghost train to the eastern star

    • By roger w patton on 07-22-09

    Regular price: $31.97

    • Figures in a Landscape

    • People and Places; Essays: 2001-2016
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Paul Theroux's latest collection of essays leads the listener through a dazzling array of sights, characters, and experiences. Travel essays take us to Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Hawaii, to name a few. Gems of literary criticism reveal fascinating depth in the work of Henry David Thoreau, Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, and Hunter Thompson. And in a series of breathtakingly personal profiles, we take a helicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor, go surfing with Oliver Sacks, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent read...

    • By Mythos99 on 06-18-18

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Last Train to Zona Verde

    • My Ultimate African Safari
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Paul Theroux heads into the African Sunset

    • By Roxanna on 09-19-14

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Deep South

    • Four Seasons on Back Roads
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 143
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 131

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I MISS THE OLD THEROUX

    • By Constant Reader on 12-01-15

    Regular price: $41.99

    • The Mosquito Coast

    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
    • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dreadful in every sense of the word.

    • By Joan on 07-12-15

    Regular price: $25.81

    • Great Railway Bazaar

    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Viewing the World from a Railway Carriage

    • By R. Wagner on 12-04-09

    Regular price: $32.87

    • The Mosquito Coast

    • A Novel
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
    • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A genius who is also crazy

    • By matthew on 10-07-13

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Lower River

    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By R. Jaeger on 10-29-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Kingdom by the Sea

    • A Journey Around the Coast of Britian
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Ron Keith
    • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 38

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not Theroux at his Best, but still a Worthy Listen

    • By Gambol on 06-25-13

    Regular price: $32.87

    • Mother Land

    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Caustic story. Think of them as caricatures.

    • By RGB on 06-13-17

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Fresh Air Fiend

    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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."

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Inspirational

    • By matthew on 10-25-10

    Regular price: $39.87

    • Figures in a Landscape

    • People and Places
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Drawing together a fascinating body of writing from over 14 years of work, Figures in a Landscape ranges from profiles of cultural icons (Oliver Sacks, Elizabeth Taylor, Robin Williams) to intimate personal remembrances, from thrilling adventures in Africa to literary writings from Theroux's rich and expansive personal reading. Collectively these pieces offer a fascinating portrait of the author himself, his extraordinary life and his restless and ever-curious mind.

    Regular price: $27.27

    • Hotel Honolulu

    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Shockingly warped!

    • By matthew on 10-25-10

    Regular price: $29.37

    • My Other Life

    • A Novel
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: David Dukes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    With no apparent plot, life, to the hero of My Other Life, is often messier than fiction - sometimes it appears our hero is leading many separate lives. The only connection is that they all involve the same person. Pavel Medved, Paulie, or Paul Theroux, the fictional narrator of these memoirs and a man of many guises, has reconstructed his past, giving it wit and life, tragedy and pathos and imposed an order on it through careful editing.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fiction that isn't too far from Paul's true life

    • By matthew on 12-09-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • My Other Life

    • A Novel
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: David Dukes
    • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Masterpieces of Modern Short Fiction

    • By: Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Conrad, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Michael York
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Probably better to read

    • By Christopher on 04-09-05

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Kowloon Tong

    • A Novel of Hong Kong
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: David Dukes
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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....

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Old Patagonian Express

    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Old Patagonian Express tells of Paul Theroux's train journey down the length of North and South America. Beginning on Boston's subway, he depicts a voyage from ice-bound Massachusetts to the arid plateau of Argentina's most southerly tip. Shivering and sweating by turns as the temperature and altitude rise and plummet, he describes the people he encountered - the tedious Mr Thornberry in Limón and reading to the legendary blind writer, Jorge Luis Borges, in Buenos Aires.

    Regular price: $27.81

    • A Dead Hand

    • A Crime in Calcutta
    • By: Paul Theroux
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Theroux’s A Dead Hand unfolds around Jerry Delfont, a travel writer living in Calcutta and suffering from writer’s block. But when Jerry receives a letter from a wealthy fan requesting help, he soon finds himself entangled in a mystery involving a dead boy and an innocent man fleeing for his life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An Macabre Asian Mystery

    • By matthew on 12-09-13

    Regular price: $27.99

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