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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Theroux Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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First published more than 30 years ago, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature.

Here Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains - the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay Express, the Trans-Siberian Express -- 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madhusree | 1/29/2014

    " Love this book-I keep re reading it and never tire.reading Theroux is my favorite vicarious pleasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/23/2014

    " Fascinating account of travel through Asia in the early 70's. He passes through several countries - Turkey, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam - that are experiencing profound historical changes. His writing lacks a little of the "political correctness" that might be found today, making it either more entertaining or more offensive, depending on your point of view. He's intelligent, observant and open - keeps his cynicism to a minimum except for the last leg of the trip home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/15/2014

    " Written before his dyspepsia became twisted and cancerous. Mildly funny, not much use if you plan on visiting Asia by train, but indispensable if you plan on being cooped up with a young Paul Theroux for three months in a railway carriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aquavit | 12/18/2013

    " I had to take a break - I read two Latin American authors this week full of mass graves and brutal killings. I saw its pretty orange and red dust jacket on my shelf and remembered I hadn't read it, so I started in. So far, it has been just the thing to clear the mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Artifice Magazine | 12/2/2013

    " Travel writing! It's good for when you're traveling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnny | 8/23/2013

    " Brief, brutal, honest and witty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lefluf | 6/12/2013

    " Oh, he is sooo arrogant, and yet I soooo enjoy his obnoxious obervations because they aren't sugar coated. Travel isn't sugar coated when you do it the right way and so I feel I can relate to many aspects of his experience. My opinion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Walker | 4/1/2013

    " Dull. Too much concerned with what he drank and smoked. A pity. Should have been really interesting. Anecdotes were ho hum, I've heard that before. Perhaps 40 years ago they would have raised some eyebrows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nurul | 3/5/2013

    " made ma wanna jump into trans-siberian express and vanish with time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 2/22/2013

    " This book brought back vivid memories of when I was in India in the early 70's. He gives a realistic description of the people, landscape and some history of all the countries he visits. He was a bit wordy and this was not easy to read, but I do think it was worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Woods | 2/13/2013

    " A greta travellers tale, through much of SE Asia as I knew it. Evocative of my earlier travels through the region and beautifully written. It transported me back to another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lotus | 1/1/2013

    " Made we want to travel more by train. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gopal MS | 12/31/2012

    " I loved the book when i read it over 20-25 years back. Travel writing has travelled a long way since then and I couldn't re-read the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 12/20/2012

    " I have a feeling I'm in the minority here, but I don't enjoy Theroux's writing style. Or maybe I just don't like him. Either way, I had to force myself through the book, and ended feeling vaguely depressed and grumpy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn Coyle | 5/16/2012

    " Interesting travel memoir, but reads like a product of the 70's cultural era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leo Africanus | 5/15/2012

    " A challenging but fascinating read as Theroux appears to hate the places he visits and despises the people he meets. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia DelSignore Peoples | 4/6/2012

    " Horrible. I wish I could give it negative stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G | 12/4/2011

    " An entertaining travelogue through Europe and (mostly) Asia. Theroux doesn't take himself too seriously which makes the book even more enjoyable, although the world is very different compared to the era in which he traversed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/6/2011

    " This was my first Paul Theroux and I was utterly captivated by the way he noted his place in time and the people that he met. He is introspective as well as perceptive about his own motives and actions along the way and how travel alters reality, kind of. How going is better than staying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lefluf | 5/10/2011

    " Oh, he is sooo arrogant, and yet I soooo enjoy his obnoxious obervations because they aren't sugar coated. Travel isn't sugar coated when you do it the right way and so I feel I can relate to many aspects of his experience. My opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amara | 4/15/2011

    " Great writer, really vivid description. He takes trains through Europe, Middle East, Asia, Japan, Siberia, etc., but sometimes there were countries I just didn't want to see any more of with him, not everything is pretty or fascinating --I wish he'd skipped some stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 4/9/2011

    " I liked Theroux's other travel books better. This is one of his classics and you can already see his bitterness. No one makes travel sound more like something to endure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/15/2011

    " Brilliant travelogue full of wry and dark humor, contains the sense of mystery and adventure these trains and geography contain historically. Nuanced with a moments that have to be read and savored. His first probably best book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 3/4/2011

    " I could read this over and over again loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy | 3/2/2011

    " What Sgt. Pepper's is to rock, or Kind of Blue is to jazz. There's just something about it; it's larger than the sum of its parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aquavit | 1/22/2011

    " I had to take a break - I read two Latin American authors this week full of mass graves and brutal killings. I saw its pretty orange and red dust jacket on my shelf and remembered I hadn't read it, so I started in. So far, it has been just the thing to clear the mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie (Readerbuzz) | 1/16/2011

    " A very early Theroux (copyright 1975). I had not noticed Theroux’s snarky tone until it was pointed out to me repeatedly by my fellow bloggers while I was reading this book. I like it, nevertheless.

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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

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie and Earphones Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community.