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Great Railway Bazaar | [Paul Theroux]
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Great Railway Bazaar

Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London's Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. Brimming with Theroux's signature humor and wry observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveler.
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Publisher's Summary

First published more than 30 years ago, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature. Here Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains - the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay Express, the Trans-Siberian Express -- are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London's Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. Brimming with Theroux's signature humor and wry observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveler.

©2007 Paul Theroux; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Colin CumbernauldUnited Kingdom 13/03/2009
    Colin CumbernauldUnited Kingdom 13/03/2009
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    When I first heard the old patagonian express I was hooked. Theroux's books are like the trains he travels on. They are not always fast but they are memorable The Great Railway Bazar is his first book and well worth listening to. Added to that Frank Muller reads it. I am slowly collecting all the audiobooks I can get with Frank Muller narrating. This is certainly one I will treasure.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • R. Wagner
    Victoria, Australia
    04/12/09
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    "Viewing the World from a Railway Carriage"

    I have never read a Paul Theroux travel book before. And this first encounter proved to be most entertaining! The author takes us on a remarkable journey from London, quickly through Europe and then at a much more leisurely pace through a wonderful Asian experience - many countries, many sights, many sounds....and many unforgettable characters. Theroux's descriptions of the trains he travelled, the visual images he conjures up in the mind of the reader and the verbal exchanges with locals are truly delightful and mesmerizing. Each chapter is a listening joy.

    One highlight included Theroux's fascinating descriptions of a Vietnam in its last stages of a long and bloody war, complete with vivid descriptions some beautiful countryside contrasted with a people exhausted from battle and struggling to survive. Another memorable read was Chapter 7's most humorous depiction of Lahore, Pakistan - here Theroux demonstrates an almost perfect sense of timing in his storytelling - just like the very best comedians!

    This is classy writing. Funny, witty and packed with emotional impact as the author interacts with every new stranger he meets. But, just as importantly, the narrator - Frank Muller - is absolutely superb! Reproducing with seeming ease the many local accents in the dialogue, Muller brings to life the stories in this wonderful book.

    Yes, this was my first Paul Theroux book. But it won't be my last.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • richard
    San Anselmo, CA, United States
    17/10/09
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    "Another gift from Frank Muller to us"

    This is the only Paul Theroux book I have listened to, but when Frank Muller is reading, I am listening enthusiastically. My only complaint is that I believe the producers were hurrying him. The trip itself is full of surprises, and is the best in armchair travel that I have come upon in years. Frank can make me listen to almost anything, but this book did not come as a surprise. Mr. Theroux is delightfully observant and human, and his voice carries us through several continents without losing interest.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    30/07/10
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    "Kudos for Theroux, slaps for Recorded Books"

    Yes, this book is splendid. It is the armchair traveler's erudite companion and the nostalgic traveler's remembrance of an Asia that exists no more. It is the book every contemporary blogger and travel writer aspires to write.

    My one complaint is this: The reader clearly made not even the slightest attempt at proper Turkish pronunciation and thus mangled nearly every place name in the first quarter of the book. Did the reader and the editors feel confident that Turkish is such a remote and exotic language that no one would notice? If so, they exhibit a sort of provincialism and intellectual laziness that Paul Theroux would most certainly spit upon. It would have required minimal effort to do the job properly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gert
    Glenden, Australia
    27/05/09
    Overall
    "Good story"

    The story starts out very good with lots of details but about halfway through the author speeds up and the story goes south. Author writes well and I could see and experience the places.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jack
    Mills River, NC, United States
    21/11/13
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    "I can't imagine a better narration..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I felt like a fly on the wall of a train traveling across the globe


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Railway Bazaar?

    The conversations on the Trans-Siberian


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    The author and his sometimes sardonic perspective


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'd leave that to the author


    Any additional comments?

    I howled at the jumbling of language and the narrator's depictions. If you have a long car ride and want to tune out the landscape.... or... start thinking about the landscape as the author of this book does, you'll arrive at your destination refreshed and thinking about what it would be like to fill his shoes for weeks to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brett
    INCLINE VILLAGE, NV, United States
    28/09/12
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    "My First Theroux Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Great Railway Bazaar the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the way the reader read this book


    What other book might you compare Great Railway Bazaar to and why?

    Roughin' It by Mark Twain only because it is written in a simalar style


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Bravo


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I can never be to close to that Iron rail.


    Any additional comments?

    This book inspired me to read more Theroux.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Albuquerque, NM, United States
    18/09/12
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    "A Strange Journey"

    I play this book for about 30 minutes as I fall asleep every night - and it is great for that. The plot is easy to follow: just get onboard and ride, meeting incredibly interesting people along the way. This is NOT a Traditional Travellog, but an engagement with the bizzare people and cultures around the globe. The performance is a bit more cynical that I would like, but often fits the scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Millbrae, CA, United States
    14/09/12
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    "Oh the World Bazaar"

    Oh I had forgotten just how wonderful this book is, with its quirky mix of candid observations of both people and places. I went to Iran about 5 years before Theroux and experienced the hippie trail not from the inside but as a student of architecture. This book is bound up in that time and place.
    Frank Muller (the narrator) is as great as ever, keeping it fast paced and ascerbic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saundra
    Houston, TX, USA
    16/03/10
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    "Great Story!"

    Great descriptions of the people and places Mr. Theroux visited on his Great Railway Bazaar. I could almost smell the foods and drink along the way. I only wish I had kept a map on hand to trace his stops. My only negative comment was that we could have spent less time in India....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peregrine
    Los Angeles, CA, United States
    31/12/09
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    "Good, if shaggy-dog like story + GREAT reader"

    Thirty-five years ago when it was written Theroux's Asian journey must have seemed particularly exotic. It's much less so now--Indians are no longer just dirty and corrupt, the Japanese are no longer so inscrutable. Theroux is refreshingly open about some of his cranky reactions to what he encounters, and no characters come in for harsher treatment than the boorish Americans he finds. With a little break I'll crack the followup book in which he retraces his steps.
    Special kudos to the narrator Frank Muller: great accents, great timing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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