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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (596 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Anderson Narrator: MacLeod Andrews Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781469200996
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Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run – run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards. Tim Anderson was pushing thirty and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan. It was a gutsy move, especially for a tall, white, gay Southerner who didn’t speak a lick of Japanese. But his life desperately needed a shot of adrenaline, and what better way to get one than to leave behind his boyfriend, his cat, and his Siouxsie and the Banshees box set to move to “a tiny, overcrowded island heaving with clever, sensibly proportioned people who make him look fat”? In Tokyo, Tim became a “gaijin,” an outsider whose stumbling progression through Japanese culture is minutely chronicled in these sixteen hilarious stories. Despite the steep learning curve and the seemingly constant humiliation, the gaijin from North Carolina gradually begins to find his way. Whether playing drums on the fly in an otherwise all-Japanese noise band or attempting to keep his English classroom clean when it’s invaded by an older female student with a dirty mind, Tim comes to realize that living a meaningful life is about expecting the unexpected...right when he least expects it. 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 Joanna | 2/16/2014

    " I laughed a bunch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennsaurer | 2/14/2014

    " The first half had me laughing and not wanting to put it down. The second half dragged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsa | 2/4/2014

    " Can you say culture shock? I did enjoy this book because he has some interesting insights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Unit812 | 2/3/2014

    " Loved it! I laughed out loud more than once. I give them a solid recommendation if you are looking for a light, amusing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 NC | 1/31/2014

    " Truly a gaijin's story. Too much altered states for my taste. Not as much of traditional Japan as I had hoped. He seems to spend most of his time with other ex pats. Some interesting stuff like addresses "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Ristau | 1/16/2014

    " Having been in Tokyo, I could appreciate many of the things Mr. Anderson is talking about and there were some very funny and interesting situations. I just get bugged by the language. I managed to stay in Japan without using his favorite word at all, so I know it's possible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toastlover | 1/16/2014

    " love love loved "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 1/15/2014

    " liked his conversational writing style. lots of LOL moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/12/2014

    " This was lighthearted and funny. I don't usually find myself laughing out loud at books, but this one got me giggling. A good quick read for someone who doesn't mind profanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/11/2014

    " Generally amusing account of an American man teaching English in Japan. A little reminiscent of Sedaris' habit of self-deprecation, but not derivative. Gets good humor out of cultural differences without overtly mocking. I enjoyed it as a light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/4/2014

    " Interesting diary of the author's two years spent teaching English in Tokyo. This probably won't really appeal to anyone who hasn't spent some time there but nevertheless, a funny take on life as a foreigner in that great city. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katyrose | 12/26/2013

    " Climb aboard the Tim-sensei express in this uneven, skin-deep take on the author's ESL teaching stint in Japan. Not an especially endearing portrait of the country -- or the author for that matter -- but not without a few really good belly laughs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/15/2013

    " This was a really fun read and I enjoyed Anderson's witty writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew704 | 12/9/2013

    " Very funny and I highly reccomend it to anybody interested in funny memoirs or Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/2/2013

    " This made me smile and laugh and want to go back to Japan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 11/29/2013

    " A funny, irreverant chronicle of an American gay man's experience living in Japan. His endless sarcasm and self-concious cleverness get a bit tiring, but a fun read overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Addison Lane | 11/22/2013

    " I laughed out loud on the train while reading this, which is actually pretty rare! That's how funny it is. Anderson has a fun voice--his narrative makes you wish you knew him in person. I imagine other former English teachers will also just love the hilarious nostalgia it invokes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Fredlov | 10/12/2013

    " Fun! I enjoyed the way it was written, it made me laugh out loud. It also made me want to visit another country to get my mojo/groove/magic back. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 7/21/2013

    " Breezy, witty, and brimming with snarky self-deprecating humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danica Hodge | 6/28/2013

    " I found this fun to read, one man's personal observations about the people, culture, and zaniness of Japan. It paints a vivid picture, marred somewhat by the author's juvenile antics and obsessions and his somewhat superficial experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mellodi Parks | 6/12/2013

    " This one was okay. Funny in parts. It also felt like it was dragging in other parts as well. If you're curious about the not so talked about every day of Japan, try to give it a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc Moore | 6/3/2013

    " This book was good enough I guess, but IMO it didn't live up to the promises made on the jacket. Didn't get that many revelations about life in Japan and more than I wanted about the author's flaming homosexuality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 4/16/2013

    " Some really funny parts and some not so funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie Cross | 1/12/2013

    " I usually don't go for memoirs but this book blew me away due to it's humor and the author's brutal honesty with himself. Loved loved loved it!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel | 12/31/2012

    " Amusing and interesting observations/experiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/27/2012

    " This was a very inexpensive Kindle book and it had me literally laughing out loud in places. It's stories about a gay, sarcastic, southern American and his adventures in Tokyo teaching Japanese folks to speak English. Definitely worth checking out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vivek Sharma | 9/23/2012

    " One of my first e-books, I purchased it because I stayed a week in Tokyo and the positive reviews it received. Nothing exceptional, funny at times, but a bit disappointing towards the end. I did enjoy some segments specially the parts about how a westerner is perceived in Tokyo. "

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About the Author

Tim Anderson has been a waiter, a data entry clerk, a photocopier repairman, a freelance writer, a middle school teacher, and a depressed employee of the State of North Carolina. He hopes to one day be an underwear model/bookie. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into both Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He is an editor in New York and lives in Brooklyn with his boyfriend and his cat Stella.

About the Narrator

MacLeod Andrews is an actor, voice actor, and audiobook narrator. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He is a company member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in Los Angeles.