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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (25 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: November 2008 ISBN: 9781455191192
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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 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 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 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 Katy Defay | 1/29/2014

    " Hilarious China travelogue, ala Bill Bryson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoy Troost's sense of humor and his delivery of details. Good stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/19/2014

    " Now I want to read his other books!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent! I got an advance reader copy. I recommend his first two though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan O'Connell | 12/28/2013

    " Not as entertaining as sex lives of canibals but not bad either - after reading this You may lose any interest you might have had in visiting china. I feel like I need to read another author's experience to learn if it is really as bad as this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 12/12/2013

    " The best from this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/23/2013

    " Very entertaining but I'm uncertain if someone who has never been to Mainland China would understand a lot of the references and inside jokes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 11/14/2013

    " An interesting account of traveling in China- and quite funny, too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 11/12/2013

    " Entertaining and informative, but easy to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/5/2013

    " CHINA - I already knew there were A LOT of people in China. It seems the author was constantly surprised to find himself surrounded by a lot of Chinese people. I felt bad for China the whole time I was reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 rachel | 8/29/2013

    " This was entertaining and an easy read, but for insight on China I prefer Peter Hessler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/22/2013

    " So I've always wondered "What is China really like???" So I picked up this book. And I loved the peek that it gave me into the country and the culture. I got bored near the end, but was glad I read it. PG-13 rating for some language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 10/6/2012

    " I loved his first two books, Sex LIves of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages and rated them a 5 - but this I only rated a 4. Not quite up to speed of the first two, but had a whopper of an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/24/2011

    " It was amusing and well-written, with plenty of historical context. But I just couldn't shake the fact that it was often quite negative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 6/5/2011

    " Third book by Troost...following the success of his first two books. Really an honest and interesting commentary on the world as he travels it. Makes me laugh out loud, great sense of humor but still a serious look at environmental issues facing China today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 4/26/2011

    " Good idea, but waaay too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/14/2011

    " I want to travel around the world with J. Maarten Troost. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nanar | 4/13/2011

    " Funny at times, although not particularly enlightening. His target audience seems to be anyone who has but a vague idea of China. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 4/6/2011

    " This bood was hilarious. Very funny true story about the author traveling around China in the hopes to move his family there. He went to scout it out. His take on everything was just so funny, I highly recommend this book if you want to laugh out loud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethgentner | 3/23/2011

    " I was amazed at some of what I learned about a place and culture that I don't know much about. Fun to live vicariously through the author's vagabond experiences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 3/10/2011

    " I thought that this book was ok. It painted a very sad portrait of 21st century China and it wasn't quite as funny as his other two novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/7/2011

    " For anyone who enjoys travel literature this is a fun read. The author spends a number of months traveling around China from the major cities to Tibet. His way of writing is very funny and honest. The author has the best job around! "

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About the Author
Author J. Maarten Troost

J. Maarten Troost is the author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals and Getting Stoned with Savages. His travel essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, and other publications. He lives in Monterey, California.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.