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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,878 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Theroux Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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Forty years ago, Paul Theroux first went to Africa as a teacher in the Malawi bush. Now, nearing 60, he returns to travel by train, canoe, bus, and cattle truck from one end of Africa to the other. From Cairo to Cape Town, what he finds is recorded in the style that has stamped Theroux as a master of the travelogue. His curiosity and intelligent observations help create an unforgettable portrait of the varied land that is Africa today. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/18/2014

    " Relentless honesty mixed with vivid descriptions of people and nature - an unique and highly believable account of Africa today "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 1/7/2014

    " A sobering look at travels through Africa "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred | 1/3/2014

    " "All news out of Africa is bad." So begins Paul Theroux's account of his journey from Cairo to Cape Town, seen always through the keen eyes of a world traveler who enables us to see the beauty, richness and heartbreaking brutality of the "dark" continent. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Africa and its place in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donagh Barry | 1/2/2014

    " I've read and re-read this book. For whatever reason Theroux seems to capture Africa and its people. There's genuine affection for the continent despite the problems & issues he is more than willing to raise. He's written some excellent travel books but this is his best "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wilson | 1/1/2014

    " White guy who used to live in Africa decides to travel across Africa after decades of not being there. The result is a delightfully boring mix of pouty observations about people and places, and childish crying about how aid workers in white Land Rovers won't give him a ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 12/26/2013

    " Made me think twice about philanthropies in Africa.... and now I want to travel from Cairo to Cape by land. I think he glosses over a lot of the things that happened to him, but overall a pretty good description of Africa in general "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Ewasechko | 11/17/2013

    " In typical Paul Theroux style, this book recounts some touching, witty and interesting stories of his travels across Africa. Beware aid workers and missionaries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/16/2013

    " Well written. Even though the guy's a jerk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shine Fitzner | 7/22/2013

    " Clear visions of my own African exp "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ami | 6/13/2013

    " A must read for Peace Corps Volunteers in Africa or anyone considering international development work. You may not like what Theroux has to say, but he gives an account of misdeeds of the development sector at face value. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 6/11/2013

    " Any book that tells a story that can connect Malawi to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers can't be all bad. Fun book to read, but he can be a real prick sometimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Graff | 4/8/2013

    " I like Paul Theroux (I heard him speak in Singapore in 2006) and I read this book while over-landing through Africa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 12/28/2012

    " slow read but I am determined to get through this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Leber | 12/1/2012

    " Humorous and adventurous. A well written story of travel from Cairo to Capetown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 12/29/2011

    " Read Aug 07. Very good. -- Very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Watt | 11/22/2011

    " An eye-opening journey from Cairo to Capetown, using every means of transportation known to man, all accompanied by Theroux's usual penetrating and acerbic commentary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 5/10/2011

    " Some parts were interesting but many parts were boring and wordy. It needed to be pruned to about half its current size. I also felt a little bad for his wife and children, left at home while their husband/father goes off travelling for months on end because he's bored by home life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 4/4/2011

    " travel book with good insight to africa "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 3/4/2011

    " Refers to book on tape. I am very fond of Paul Theroux's writing, travel journals and novels. This is no exception. Kinda killed my travel lust for going to visit Africa though. I had always dreamed of visited Egypt. My vision is very different from his description. I think I'll pass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/4/2011

    " Well written. Even though the guy's a jerk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DeAnna | 2/28/2011

    " Paul Theroux never takes the safe route. In this travelogue he starts in Cairo and travels over land to Cape Town, South Africa. You will not believe what encounters along the way. From rastafarians to the mysterious Sudanese to evil aide workers - you will be riveted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/18/2011

    " I love this book. Reading it while traveling in Africa was a very interesting experience. I think Theroux gave voice to a lot of what I was feeling at the time. He has a literary voice that really makes me love his biographical works -- they're funny, irreverent, but still serious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 2/14/2011

    " Amazingly timely, often hilarious, moving, thought-provoking, sobering, depressing, and joyous. Everything a book should be. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magnolia | 2/6/2011

    " Excellent -- flavourful -- like traveling on the author's shoulder, seeing, tasting, hearing and fearing what he experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/1/2011

    " Love this author. Love most any travel book about Africa. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux is the author of many highly acclaimed novels and travel books. His novels include A Dead Hand and The Mosquito Coast, an international bestseller and the basis of the major motion picture. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.

About the Narrator

Norman Dietz is a writer, voice-over artist, and audiobook narrator. He has won six Earphones Awards and was named one of the fifty “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine. He and his late wife Sandra transformed an abandoned ice-cream parlor into a playhouse, which served “the world’s best hot fudge sundaes” before and after performances. The founder of Theatre in the Works, he lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.