The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost audiobook

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific

By J. Maarten Troost
Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Publishing
8.60 Hours Unabridged
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At age twenty-six, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better. This book tells the hilarious story of what happens when he discovers that the island is not the paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles with stifling heat, deadly bacteria, and polluted seas in a country where the only music to be heard is “La Macarena.” He and his girlfriend, Sylvia, contend with incompetent officials, alarmingly large critters, a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis), and bizarre local characters, including “Half-Dead Fred” and the so-called Poet Laureate of Tarawa, a British drunkard who’s never written a poem in his life.

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Summary

At age twenty-six, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.

This book tells the hilarious story of what happens when he discovers that the island is not the paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles with stifling heat, deadly bacteria, and polluted seas in a country where the only music to be heard is “La Macarena.” He and his girlfriend, Sylvia, contend with incompetent officials, alarmingly large critters, a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis), and bizarre local characters, including “Half-Dead Fred” and the so-called Poet Laureate of Tarawa, a British drunkard who’s never written a poem in his life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A delightful, self-deprecating, extremely sly account of life in a place so wretched it gives new, terrible meaning to getting away from it all.” National Geographic Adventure
“Troost has a command of place and narrative that puts his debut in company with some of today’s best travel writers.” Elle
“Troost is a sharp, funny writer, richly evoking the strange, day-by-day wonder that became his life in the islands…A comic masterwork of travel writing and a revealing look at a culture clash.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“If you’re looking for an audio travelogue from hell, check out Simon Vance’s top-notch narration here…Vance provides a stiff-upper-lip tone perfectly suited to Troost’s narrative and unleashes a range of accents and voices that bring to life a South Sea island packed with lunatic locals.” AudioFile
“A hilarious, sardonic travelogue…readers learn how humor itself can be a necessary tool for survival.” Booklist
“This is the true story of a harrowing and hilarious stay in the worst place on earth. Written with wit and wonder, The Sex Lives of Cannibals is a great escape. You’ll learn something and laugh along the way.” Ingram
“Troost has found his calling in broadly humorous travel writing. He’s a natural: he likes tumbling into the ditches of digression; he can evoke a place (Prague, in a digression from the Tarawa saga) with an ardor that will have you wanting to jump on the first plane; he’s read his history…He can also laugh at himself, almost as often as the islanders do… Lives up to the billing as ‘a travel, adventure, humor, memoir kind of book’—and a really good one, at that.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: J. Maarten Troost

Author Bio: J. Maarten Troost

J. Maarten Troost’s essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, and the Prague Post. After two years in the Pacific, he was hired as a consultant by the World Bank. He spent several years in Fiji then relocated to the United States and now lives with his family in Monterey, California.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Humor
Runtime: 8.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English