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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Theroux Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 2/16/2014

    " He isn't as grumpy as in earlier books. At first I thought he was getting mellow. As I read more I realized he was just maudlin. This reconfirms my conclusion that I have read too many of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Price | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this book and found that Theroux's description of south and east Asia really brought his experiences to life for me. I agree with other comments about him being slightly narcissistic, and and I also found his obsession with seeking out the sex workers across eastern Asia bordering on the perverse. But the book is so well written, and leaves me wanting to plan a train adventure of my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed Theroux's observations and snipets of information on the history and customs of different countries. I am now a fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sparrowfall | 2/10/2014

    " You will learn from this book that prostitution is everywhere in Asia and that the author does not like George W. Bush. In addition, you will likely be entertained by the hundreds of stories of encounters with different people and cultures. They don't amount to much -- that personal reporting of specific events that makes up travel writing. But sometimes that's what you want, and the writing is very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 2/1/2014

    " What makes a 5 star book? It's September and this is the first one I've handed out for the year. To me, it's about quality of writing, interest of topic, engagement, and that extra something. It's when I have a busy week at work but I still squeeze in as many more pages as possible to see what happens next. With this, a travelogue, it's how many times I go to my phone for wikipedia to look up another interesting place in another country that I have never heard of before. It's also the book with the sustained stretches of amazing writing. Here, in particular, it was Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, where Theroux takes stock of places that have changed and not changed in the 30 years since he last came through. This book is the most personal of Theroux's books that I've read as he retraces his steps 30 years later from the Great Railway Bazaar. This time, though, he opens up more about how he felt as a person last time (really miserable, heartsick, and terrified about where his life was going) and how life has changed by his mid-sixties. He still has his biases and prejudices (Singapore and China do particularly bad on that account), but his ability to find people and engage them and talk about the act of travel are unsurpassed. An excellent book, made better if you read the Great Railway Bazaar first to also take stock of how much Asia has changed for better or for worse in the last 30 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerjonji | 2/1/2014

    " I have a love/hate relationship with Theroux's travel books. I find him frustrating, irritating, and at times he skips the very things I want him to write about, but at the same time, I fall in love with his description of the people he talks to and the places he loves. I wish I'd been there the day he talked with Arthur C. Clark. As he revisits the trip he took in the 70's, he reconnects with himself, the cultures, the environment, the people, and the changes that have taken place within all of the above. His love for a place is contagious. I was glad he took a few months of his life as an older man to travel back to the places that made his first book famous. I would love to take part of this journey by myself someday... and isn't that the ultimate purpose of a good travel book? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 1/20/2014

    " Kind of long winded and not really what I expected based on reviews, and preconceived notions "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 12/15/2013

    " I think that Paul Theroux is mellowing a little bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iman | 12/14/2013

    " I love Paul Theroux's books. Almost finished with this one, right now he is in Vietnam... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Kane | 11/17/2013

    " Finally finished it! Great book. I feel like I've been on a train around the world with him. Such vivid descriptions and interesting anecdotes. I definitely want to go to northern Thailand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia Sanders | 10/4/2013

    " Paul Theroux tells wonderful travel stories. He talks with everyone from his rickshaw driver to famous authors. He also visits all sorts of places. This book will give yiu wanderlust. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Roy | 7/18/2013

    " Wordy, not the 30 year re-visit to this great land i expected, still a decent read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/6/2013

    " If you love travel to far-away places you will love this book. My dream is to take a very long train trip through Asia - just like Paul Theroux. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ada | 2/26/2013

    " Yes, he can be curmudgeonly and even superficial (the disclaimer he gives himself in the first chapter). But it's an enjoyable romp across the globe. If you don't have time to read the whole book, jump to the chapters on Burma, Singapore, Georgia, and Turkmenistan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Csrabb | 10/27/2012

    " This is an interesting book. Paul Throux takes us on an exciting and interesting journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 9/25/2012

    " Theroux follows the general route he took years ago for his book The Great Railway Bazaar. He takes the reader to places not usually visited by tourists and meets and talks to ordinary people as well as the accomplished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Garrett | 3/6/2012

    " For the serious traveler and the serious reader of cultural travel, Theroux revisits his route from 30 years ago and finds some parts of the world unchanged, others changed for the worse, and still others lost in time. Train travel, with literary side trips and cultural dives, seamy and otherwise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 11/18/2011

    " I love travel writing, and this is the best book in the genre I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pascale Plänk Steig | 11/11/2011

    " A somewhat grouchy traveler revisits his past and tells it like it is, perhaps to relive some experiences, or in search of the young man he once was. In any case, a great travel book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate Kaufman | 6/1/2011

    " To feed my travel bug... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/14/2011

    " A story to relish. I've read all of Theroux's other travel books, and this is among the best. He's retraced his Great Railway Bazaar trip, and writes about sweet and sometimes bittersweet experiences. I didn't want the trip to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 2/10/2011

    " He isn't as grumpy as in earlier books. At first I thought he was getting mellow. As I read more I realized he was just maudlin. This reconfirms my conclusion that I have read too many of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/30/2010

    " If you love travel to far-away places you will love this book. My dream is to take a very long train trip through Asia - just like Paul Theroux. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 12/21/2010

    " I gave this a good try, but it sat on the coffee table for weeks and weeks and I kept finding excuses not to go on with it (sudoku, brushing the dog, reading the TV guide when I don't watch TV). Finally I gave up and took it to the op shop.
    Patronising, hyper-critical, unempathetic... "

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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

John McDonough, one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices, has narrated dozens of audiobooks. He is known for his narrations of children’s books, including Robert McCloskey’s Centerburg Tales and Albert Marrin’s Commander-in-Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Outside of his audiobook work, he has starred in a revival of Captain Kangaroo on the Fox Network.