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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,772 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Garland Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Khao San Road, Bangkok—first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard’s first night there, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to “the Beach.”

The Beach, as Richard comes to learn, is a subject of legend among the young travelers in Asia: a lagoon hidden from the sea, with white sand and coral gardens, freshwater falls surrounded by jungle, plants untouched for thousands of years. There, it is rumored, a carefully selected international few have settled into a communal Eden.

Richard sets off with a young French couple to an island hidden away in an archipelago forbidden to tourists. They discover the Beach, and it is as beautiful as it is reputed to be. Yet over time it becomes clear that Beach culture, as Richard calls it, has troubling, even deadly undercurrents.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Calandra | 2/16/2014

    " Loved this book. Modern day Catcher in the Rye meets Lord of the Flies. (Do not watch the movie!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/11/2014

    " This book was amazing. I have been reading things for school all year and finally had a chance to read something for pleasure and for myself, and i am so glad i chose the beach. Not only does this make me want to run out and get anything Alex Garland has written, but I appreciate the movie (2000 with leonardo dicaprio) much more now. I do not even like travel writing, but this book's story was so intense that it did not read as a travel novel. I've heard this called a cult classic and that is exactly what it is, and i am more than happy to have finally joined the cult :) "

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

    " Gripping story, may make you want to go to Thailand. In reality, it's a little like Animal Farm too, if you think about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelli | 1/24/2014

    " I loved this book so much - I just recently re read it again. I first saw the movie to this book - having seen that and liekd it a lot - my enlightened sisstyer told me about Alex Garland and specifically that book - which she had carried around Australia when travelling for a few years around the world - she said it really touched a nerve and having travelled myself later - I knew exacly what she meant - This book teels of the Eutopia we all dream of and the costs of having it - or keeping it - its such a good read I would recommend to anyone. "

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