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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Spencer Narrator: Victor Bevin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Thirty-seven-year-old freelance writer Avery Jankowsky is devastated when his girlfriend, Deirdre, confesses that she has been having an affair. Beside himself with jealousy and grief, Avery accepts his uncle Ezra's advice - and his tickets to an all-expenses-paid international sex tour. Sensing a white-hot book idea (and a chance to get back at faithless Deirdre), Avery joins a group of mostly wealthy and accomplished travelers on a mad Nordic whirl, descending ever deeper into a world that is equal parts hilarity and nightmare.

From two-time National Book Award-finalist Scott Spencer comes a startling tour de force that explores the limits of male restraint, the intoxications of privilege, and the maddening dangers of freedom.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sean Beaudoin | 2/17/2014

    " Some really good, honest stuff about relationships and the mania of break-ups. Reminded me in spots of Saul Bellow. Spencer has a real talent for descriptive one liners. There are dozens of beautiful phrases throughout. Hard to believe with all that said, this is a book about a writer going on a sex tour. It's really not that salacious. It's more about people and observed behavior. And the obsessions of the flesh. So many strings were left hanging at the end, it's hard for me to give this a higher grade. And the mother showing up was not a welcome diversion. It was sort of like tossing in a plot element from Three's Company. But there's so much to like here otherwise, it didn't bother me much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Asif | 1/27/2014

    " An exciting start with some beautiful passages describing lovemaking and sex as well as descriptions of places but a poorly held together narrative and a preposterous ending made this a disappointing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tammy Lim | 1/20/2014

    " Fun fun! It's a book about high-end sex tourism. And Scott Spencer dedicated it to his mother. Just that should pique your interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephen Redwood | 1/11/2014

    " The writing is great: fluent, tons of sharp metaphors rolling off the page, and tremendously insightful. The story can't fail to engage curiosity, given that it explores sexual mores through the experiences of a hard-up writer who is gifted the chance to participate in an up-market sex tour. But the constant self reflection that floods the book begins to feel a bit self indulgent and I found myself wondering at times if this was more a study of neurosis than an investigation of male libido. The twists and turns of the story start to strain credulity too, as one unexpected event after another impacts the 'tour' group - and the ending was a real stretch, almost feeling like Spencer had decided he had to get the damn thing finished and off to the publisher. Good, highly readable, but not great. "

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About the Author
Author Scott Spencer

Scott Spencer was born in Washington, DC, raised in Chicago, and now lives in upstate New York. He is the author of numerous novels, including Endless Love, Waking the Dead, A Ship Made of Paper, and Willing. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Williams College, and Columbia University. His nonfiction has appeared in Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine, Harper’s, and the New York Times.