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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Theroux Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436145091
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"I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it," confesses writer Paul Theroux. Join him aboard the famous Orient Express and Trans-Siberian Railroad as he journeys through Europe and Asia. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Carr | 2/15/2014

    " Theroux is judgmental, dismissive and often contemptuous of the citizens of the countries he passes through. He is an old school misanthrope and orientalist. If you can look past this, the book is brilliantly written and hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/28/2014

    " Theroux writes a travel narrative like no one else. He paints such a vivid picture that you can close your eyes and you are there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Keag | 1/27/2014

    " Impossible to put down. The best travel book I have ever read. If you haven't read this, get on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pavlina | 1/17/2014

    " My first book by Theroux, found it quite odd and difficult reading at the beginning. Couldn't first understand how he could be one of the most acclaimed travel authors (since I've read better) - but as it turns out he was one of the first to write about travel in this kind of style. Once I got into it, I really enjoyed the train travels. And the fact that he attempted to retrace his steps 33 years later made me read the Ghost train straight after "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 1/6/2014

    " Great travel book with the usual Theroux view. Enjoying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/4/2014

    " This probably should have five stars. It is gritty, meaty and pure Theroux. Apart from a hopeful start, there is nothing of the romance of travel except for one passage where, in Vietnam, the exquisite beauty of mountains, sky and ocean move the author to lyrical description. Rather, it is a chronicle of torrid conditions on overcrowded third-class carriages crammed with desperate humanity eating unspeakable food, alternated with, less frequently, weird fellow travellers sharing luxurious old colonial sleeping compartments. At times one wonders why he puts himself through it; but, of course, it is very much about the people he meets: conversations, sharp observations and startling anecdotes that stay on in the reader's mind. From Victoria Station, London, to Tokyo Central and back through the Soviet Union, Theroux's power to describe his what he sees and experiences, from the chaotic atmosphere of Asian rail travel, fading to bleak madness on the interminable stretch through sub-zero steppe country, never falters. One of my favourite authors. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.D. Spenser | 1/1/2014

    " Not as wonderful as Theroux's later book, Dark Star Safari, but still an entertaining read by a skillful and observant author. It chronicles a train trip Theroux took that started and ended in London and encompased the Balkans, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and the entire width of Russia along the way. It's wonderful to ride along with Theroux as he makes this epic journey "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 12/31/2013

    " Very interesting but it dragged in places and I had to switch my brain back to 1975! But most of it was interesting and very descriptive of the people and places he saw. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 12/22/2013

    " Just under the two-year mark to finish, having deliberately read in bits and pieces through that time period. I find myself a little sad that the journey has ended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kees Verhoeven | 12/21/2013

    " Really liked dark star safari but this one did not do it for me. Dragged myself to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Cain | 10/6/2013

    " Wonderful prose, vivid descriptions, and musings on travel. However an undercurrent of uncomfortable misogyny, prostitution and homophobia were challenging to overcome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 10/5/2013

    " This book brought back vivid memories of when I was in India in the early 70's. He gives a realistic description of the people, landscape and some history of all the countries he visits. He was a bit wordy and this was not easy to read, but I do think it was worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/28/2013

    " I enjoyed it, although the trip across Russia seemed quite truncated. Lots about Vietnam, but then at the time that was a place of intense interest. Entertaining all the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicki | 6/20/2013

    " One of the most inspiring travel writers of all time- if not THE best. Gotta love people watching and sippin on some whiskey while takin in the entire world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mehdi | 6/4/2013

    " A delightful journey through Asia by train. However, suffers form repetition and could have been half the length. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/22/2013

    " Really, summaries of this book tell the whole story. The man took an intercontinental tour that had multiple exotic stops. There are a few interesting anecdotes, but I did not find it enthralling. I would not recommend reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Petersen | 2/18/2013

    " Theroux is not always happy in his traveling; indeed, he is often uncomfortable and harassed. Yet he does love his work and with considerable eloquence and occasional dyspepsic pronouncements takes us a long for this long, long train ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Nielsen | 12/14/2012

    " The best of Theroux's travel books and written before he got really grumpy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/19/2012

    " Enjoyable, fast read. Resonant for anyone who has done long-itrips in semi-hostile conditions. References to Naipaul are interesting in light of Thereoux's current estrangement from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 9/6/2012

    " A An excellent travel book by Theroux; he begins in London and travels across Europe and Asia, taking the trans-Siberian express back to London. Wonderful, and very train-focused. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 8/14/2012

    " This was like reading someone's journal and was really not that interesting. Perhaps the updated book has more insight. One of the few books that I gave up on... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg D'Avis | 3/17/2011

    " Theroux never strikes me as a really pleasant guy, but when he's at his best, he's pretty great. I've been told for years that this is one of the best-ever travel books, and everyone who told me that was correct. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/14/2011

    " A story to relish. I've read all of Theroux's other travel books, and this is among the best. He's retraced his Great Railway Bazaar trip, and writes about sweet and sometimes bittersweet experiences. I didn't want the trip to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 2/10/2011

    " He isn't as grumpy as in earlier books. At first I thought he was getting mellow. As I read more I realized he was just maudlin. This reconfirms my conclusion that I have read too many of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/30/2010

    " If you love travel to far-away places you will love this book. My dream is to take a very long train trip through Asia - just like Paul Theroux. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 12/21/2010

    " I gave this a good try, but it sat on the coffee table for weeks and weeks and I kept finding excuses not to go on with it (sudoku, brushing the dog, reading the TV guide when I don't watch TV). Finally I gave up and took it to the op shop.
    Patronising, hyper-critical, unempathetic... "

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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.

About the Narrator

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie and Earphones Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community.