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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,433 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. Maarten Troost Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Troost charmed listeners with his humorous tales of wandering the remote islands of the South Pacific in The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages. When the travel bug bit again, he took on the world’s most populous and intriguing nation.

As Troost relates his gonzo adventure—dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead)—he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will shape the way we all work, live, and think. This insightful, hilarious narrative brings China to life as you’ve never seen it before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Troost is refreshingly upbeat, without a hint of ugly American elitism…readers interested in a warts-and-all look at this complicated, evolving country will find this a rich education.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The book that made me laugh out loud more times than I can remember…”

    BookPage

  • “Troost tackles modern China with his trademark wit and unstinting honesty. A genuine pleasure to read…[Offers] continued entertainment for the reader.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick | 2/10/2014

    " This was not as good as his other Sex lives of Cannibals or Getting Stoned with the Savages. Still a great read. It is his unique viewpoint that is so entertaining. I have traveled in several Asian countries, but never to mainland China. So it described many things I have not. If you have been to mainland PRC you may enjoy his perspective on what you also experienced. It is definitely worth a look. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 2/7/2014

    " This is Troost's best by far. Funny from start to finish. He manages to give a realistic picture of life in today's China in an entertaining and hilarious manner but without insulting the Chinese. He is both enthralled with and appalled by China today. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca Daniels | 1/31/2014

    " Fun book and interesting about China, but couldn't get past what a bad traveler he was and that he left his wife and new born behind to write this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katy Defay | 1/29/2014

    " Hilarious China travelogue, ala Bill Bryson. "

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About the Author
Author J. Maarten Troost

J. Maarten Troost’s essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, and the Prague Post. After two years in the Pacific, he was hired as a consultant by the World Bank. He spent several years in Fiji then relocated to the United States and now lives with his family in Monterey, California.