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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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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..."
  • The Mosquito Coast | Paul Theroux

    The Mosquito Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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."
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • 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"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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"
  • 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"
  • Mother Land | Paul Theroux

    Mother Land

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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 New Yorker (Jan. 1, 2007) | Ben McGrath,Paul Theroux,John Lahr,Sasha Frere-Jones

    The New Yorker (Jan. 1, 2007)

    • Abridged/Unabridged (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Ben McGrath, Paul Theroux, John Lahr, and others
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Christine Marshall
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    "Joiner" by Ben McGrath; "Monkey Hill" by Paul Theroux; "Lost In Paradise" by John Lahr; and "Coke Is It" by Sasha Frere-Jones.

  • 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"
  • 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"
  • A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta | Paul Theroux

    A Dead Hand: A Crime in Calcutta

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
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    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.

    matthew says: "An Macabre Asian Mystery"
  • 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 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"
  • 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!"
  • The Old Patagonian Express | Paul Theroux

    The Old Patagonian Express

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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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.

  • Deep South | Paul Theroux

    Deep South

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By John McDonough
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    For the past 50 years, Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the Earth - to China, Africa, the Pacific Islands, Russia, and elsewhere. In Deep South, he turns his gaze to a region much closer to his home. Travelling through North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, he writes of the stunning landscapes he discovers - the deserts, the mountains, the Mississippi - and, above all, the lives of the people he meets.

  • 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....

  • Mother Land | Paul Theroux

    Mother Land

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Everyone in Cape Cod thinks that Mother is a wonderful woman: pious, hardworking, frugal. Everyone except her husband and seven children. To them she is a selfish and petty tyrant, endlessly comparing her many living children to the one who died in childbirth, keeping a viselike hold on her offspring even as they try to escape into adulthood. Welcome to Mother Land: a suffocating kingdom of parental narcissism.

  • 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

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