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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,430 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Theroux Narrator: Ron Keith Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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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. 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 Martha Kahn | 2/9/2014

    " Listened to this as an audio book. It is one of Theroux's earliest books and is not nearly as good as his later ones. His description of Jan Morris, the travel writer, is one of the best parts of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith Skinner | 2/2/2014

    " I've heard so many good things about Theroux's travel writing but this is the only such book I've read. I picked it up before an extended trip to Ireland and England. It was like traveling with a grumpy curmudgeon. I just couldn't take it anymore and abandoned the book. I was admittedly younger then. Maybe I have become sufficiently curmudgeonly myself now that I can appreciate Theroux's dour mood. Some day... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D. | 1/31/2014

    " This should be subtitles the Cranky Snob's guide to the UK.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robb | 1/22/2014

    " I made it a little past Brighton before I put the book down. I found it dreary reading -- though more than once I did think that 1982 Britain might have been an awfully dreary place to be. So maybe it's not Theroux's fault. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 1/21/2014

    " I was very underwhelmed by this book (it was an audio). Perhaps it was the reading, but Theroux didn't give me any great insights to England and actually, he was a bit blase. Don't bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 1/10/2014

    " This wasn't Theroux's best book. My review may be colored by the depressed state in which he found Great Britain. I found his adventures in Ulster and Scotland most interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/15/2013

    " I really liked this book. But then I'm an Anglophile. I enjoy Theroux's sometimes sardonic commentaries on the places he visits and writes about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay Daze | 11/6/2013

    " Most notable (for me) is Theroux's meeting with Jonathan Raban, doing his own trek around England except by water in Coasting. I lean more towards Raban's highly personal, meditative journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariann | 8/10/2013

    " one of his best - funny, witty and facinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/13/2013

    " Kingdom = St. Andrews. This book made me want to walk the walk around the coast of Great Britain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 9/5/2012

    " While the author was very cynical instead of being funny, as he thought he was, I learned a lot about Britain in the early 80s, worth it just for the history lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Portobellord | 2/7/2012

    " Quite enjoyable. A travel book about the atmosphere and the people of Britain, rather than about the sights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 1/12/2012

    " A- Another good one by Theroux; England isn't as exotic or exciting as some locales, but still, engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 10/31/2011

    " Another great book by Paul Theroux! This one takes place in England in 1983 during the Falkland Islands War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alleycatfan | 10/21/2011

    " I'm enjoying this. I do wish there were not so much negativity though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 8/7/2011

    " Paul Theroux can be a grumpy traveler, but I have enjoyed all his travel books. This one looked like it might be an exception until he got to Scotland. He seemed to find some joy in Scotland. Up until then one got the feeling he found the whole thing a waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susannah | 7/27/2011

    " it feeds my rabid anglophile. my favourite travel book about england, next to bill bryson's notes from a small island. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ted Moisan | 7/4/2011

    " Flat writing, boring, bitter, condescending, etc. Theroux has written greatly elsewhere. Read Riding the Iron Rooster, or really just about anything else. "

  • 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

Ron Keith, a native of England, graduated from the University of Manchester. He has appeared in the Broadway touring production of Amadeus, in off-Broadway productions such as Hedda Gabler, My Fair Lady, and Candida, and in many regional stage productions. His television appearances include roles in One Life to Live and As the World Turns.