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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (829 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Napoli Narrator: Lisa Napol Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth. 

Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people—in fact, Bhutan measures its success in “gross national happiness” rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally yet rarely connects with the people around them. 

Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for. 

In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place—and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charming, illuminating, and often ironic, this memoir is a continuous discovery of myths and realities in finding deeper personal meaning.”

    Amy Tan

  • “A beautiful, touching and deeply compelling memoir.”

    Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author of Innocent

  • “Bhutan has long fascinated me and Radio Shangri-La is the perfect vehicle to get there.”

    Abraham Verghese, New York Times bestselling author of Cutting for Stone

  • “[An] affectionate portrait of life in a slower-paced, high altitude society…[an] absorbing, often touching memoir.”

    New York Times

  • “From the moment she walks off the plane, Ms. Napoli knows she’s a universe away…[She] is infatuated with Bhutan, and…has an eye for a good story.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Joyful…You’ll close the book wishing you could head to Bhutan on the next plane.”

    Toronto Star

  • “A rare gift…Radio Shangri-La is much more than just a story of a midlife crisis. It’s the chronicle of a country barreling toward change, and a woman’s search for what happiness really means at any age.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Napoli’s wry voice and honest insights create a thoughtful, engaging narrative…[She] avoids romanticizing Bhutan while capturing the country’s unique charm.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Lovely and fascinating.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Mesmerizing.


  • “Fascinating.”

    Spirituality & Practice

  • “Perfect for everyone who loves finding-yourself-through-travel memoirs.”

    Library Journal

  • “Enjoyable memoir about ex-journalist Napoli’s search for wholeness and spiritual renewal. A refreshingly uplifting book.

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen Crow | 2/17/2014

    " Just exactly what I wanted to know about Bhutan. Written by a proficient journalist, it's a fun, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Craig Delarge | 2/15/2014

    " Good memoir. Eat, Pray, Love-ish. Good insights on how closed cultured are transformed by external exposures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/13/2014

    " I felt like there wanted to be more, but also that if it had been any longer i would have been really annoyed. Honestly I am not really sure what I thought. I have questions about the "white girl goes to asia to find herself" genre in general but I admire the need and followthrough to improve one's happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sonja | 2/9/2014

    " Very informative memoir about an American journalist's adventures in Bhutan "the happiest kingdom on Earth", and the modern changes it is going through. She finds her whole life philosophy changed when she returns tothe US. "

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