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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (598 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Theroux Narrator: Richard Ferron Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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--containing mostly previously published magazine pieces written over the past 15 years--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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alexis | 2/4/2014

    " Found this collection to be a bit uneven. Admittedly, I did skim some of the essays and entries. Sometimes Theroux can be a wonderfully funny and irreverent travel writer. Other times, he comes off as whiny and crabby. There were some pieces that I absolutely loved, and a few that I skipped. Good if you want to dip in and out, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by James | 1/18/2014

    " This is a collection of some of Paul Theroux's shorter pieces that were written between 1985 and 2000. The short pieces are interesting because they provide a glimpse into some of his shorter trips that he's mentioned in passing elsewhere, or even trips that were cut out of some of his longer books. I particularly liked the second-to-last section, which contained pieces that he wrote as introductions for other people's books. They were a good introduction to other travel writers that Theroux himself greatly admires, some famous and some more obscure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nard | 1/1/2014

    " a disappointing mishmash of protracted essays "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate | 12/26/2013

    " Not the best Theroux I've read, but still quality if you're going for essay format. Last section is focused entirely on literature/authors - often reads more as book reviews or biographies than otherwise - and I can't say it always held my interest, as I was there for the "travel writings" factor. Still interesting, though, and for the vast majority, met my expectations of another Theroux book. Approve. "

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