Prepare to Get Lost on the Beaten Path...
When Doug Mack picked up a 1963 edition of Europe on Five Dollars a Day, he stumbled on an inspired idea: to boldly go where millions have gone before, relying only on the advice of a travel guide that's nearly a half century out-of-date. Add to the mix his mother's much- documented grand tour through Europe in the late 1960s, and the result is a funny and fascinating journey into a new (old) world, and a disarming look at the ways the classic tourist experience has changed- and has not-in the last generation.
After a whirlwind adventure spanning eight countries-and costing way more than five dollars a day-Mack's endearing account is part time travel, part paean to Arthur Frommer's much-loved guide, and a celebration of the modern traveler's grand (and not-so-grand) tour.
©2012 Doug Mack (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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"Sad sap worked"
It is comforting to hear another person's supposedly life-changing trip not penning out as expected, his disappointment and delights on the road echoing mine. Davis Skeist's sappy performance worked for Doug Mack's melancholic and often times melodramatic prose.
Fantastic idea for a book. Unfortantely, nothing happens even remotely interesting and you get to hear all of that nothingness with one of the most irritating voices you could imagine. Just get a hammer and beat it over your knuckles and save the $20.
After listening to Europe on five wrong turns I was confused about what I listened to. It was not what I expected. But I cannot say it didn't enjoy the experience, I just haven't found this books purpose. Maybe it's just me. Maybe it's the author taking several wrong turns and finding himself changing the purpose or reason for writing this story and not editing what was already written. I can neither recommend buying Europe on Five Wrong Turns or skipping it. All I ask is, if you listen to it post your thoughts in a review. Maybe it will help me understand the authors message beyond the difference between being a tourist and a traveler. Good luck and happy travels!
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