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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Theroux Narrator: David Dukes Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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With no apparent plot, life, to the hero of My Other Life, is often messier than fiction - sometimes it appears our hero is leading many separate lives. The only connection is that they all involve the same person.

Pavel Medved, Paulie, or Paul Theroux, the fictional narrator of these memoirs and a man of many guises, has reconstructed his past, giving it wit and life, tragedy and pathos and imposed an order on it through careful editing. Inordinately fond of train travel, he takes us on a journey over a career spanning 30 years and distills it into poignant episodes. From his early education by his eccentric Uncle Hal, himself an unlikely author and lover of dog biscuits, we are guided through Theroux's years as a fledgling novelist in literary London, under the wing of the rapacious Lady Max, to his grief at finding himself alone again, at age fifty, in the town of his youth. Complex, candid and confessional, the distinctive qualities of My Other Life will be instantly recognizable to admirers of Theroux's My Secret History.

In this stylish and clever novel the real Paul Theroux has created a protagonist of depth and great subtlety whose fall from grace sets him adrift-until he recognizes again the redeeming power of this art. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 1/16/2014

    " I find Theroux to be pretty self absorbed and it shows through in his writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roslyn | 1/5/2014

    " this is one of my favorite books. i fell in love with him and i've read almost everything he's written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pascale Plänk Steig | 12/20/2013

    " Paul Theroux, ever so endearing at his most irritable and cantankerous in this fictional biography that rings very true to the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deniece Bleha | 11/1/2013

    " Its been a long time since I've read it but remember really enjoying it and being captivated by his journey "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smcq | 11/1/2013

    " In my favorite top 5 reads of all time. This book found me at the perfect time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda McLaughlin | 8/30/2013

    " My first Paul Theroux, I will be reading more. The book provoked so many emotions - lots of laughter, a bit of sexiness, and a few tears. The first section, about his Uncle Hal, was probably my favorite to read. Andreas Vorlaufer's story, the saddest and maybe the most lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 7/19/2013

    " Paul Theroux's novel/faux biography of a writer by the name of Paul Theroux. It is a well written devilish inquiry into the nature of identity, the relationship between author and text and the age of celebrity. "

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

    " I read this years ago, but don't remember that much about it. I do remember his depiction of the solitary nature of writing, and how difficult it can sometimes be - a whole day to write two or three sentences, for example. But, when those sentences are good ones, maybe it's worth it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 11/12/2012

    " A- Interesting book that is a composite of many of his autobiographical books with lots of fudged facts "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 8/8/2012

    " Not my favorite of his, but an interesting idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 1/18/2012

    " A provoking and ruthless book, yet also both imaginative and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Calderone | 4/12/2011

    " Exposes, attempts to expose, the secret other life or lives that writers cannot help but have in the most interesting engaging personal way. I do love Paul Theroux, I confess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/20/2011

    " Okay, so technically I didn't finish it, but that's because I liked the beginning and then got tired of it. It seemed an awful lot like a vanity project - Paul Theroux writing about a fictional Paul Theroux. I couldn't get into it as a memoir, obviously, or as a novel, so it didn't stick with me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 1/9/2011

    " I find Theroux to be pretty self absorbed and it shows through in his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 7/16/2009

    " Paul Theroux's novel/faux biography of a writer by the name of Paul Theroux. It is a well written devilish inquiry into the nature of identity, the relationship between author and text and the age of celebrity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 5/6/2009

    " My first Paul Theroux, I will be reading more. The book provoked so many emotions - lots of laughter, a bit of sexiness, and a few tears. The first section, about his Uncle Hal, was probably my favorite to read. Andreas Vorlaufer's story, the saddest and maybe the most lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roslyn | 2/21/2009

    " this is one of my favorite books. i fell in love with him and i've read almost everything he's written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherie | 5/4/2008

    " A- Interesting book that is a composite of many of his autobiographical books with lots of fudged facts "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 3/4/2008

    " Not my favorite of his, but an interesting idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deniece | 9/8/2007

    " Its been a long time since I've read it but remember really enjoying it and being captivated by his journey "

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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.