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  • Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn: A Hitchhiker's Adventures in the New Iran

  • A Hitchhiker's Adventures in the New Iran
  • By: Jamie Maslin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Middle East
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Jamie Maslin's real firsthand account of Iran will change the way you think about the Middle East. In this piece of fast-paced travel writing, Maslin tells about an Iran often left out of traditional American media depictions. Filled with keen insights and uncommon perspectives, this is a must for anyone interested in the zeitgeist and subcultures of Iran. Stephen Hoye's performance relays descriptions of foreign place and foreign people in a relatable way, while still alluding to the danger that lurks around every corner of this often-hostile land.

Summary

When Jamie Maslin decides to hitchhike the entire length of the Silk Road, he decides to travel first and plan later. Then, unexpectedly stranded in Iran - a country he's only read about in newspapers - he wonders whether he'll make it out alive. 

After crossing the border on foot from Turkey, Maslin finds himself suddenly plunged into the subversive, contradictory world of Iranian subculture, where he is embraced by locals who are happy to show him the true Iran as they see it - where tourists are treated like royalty, where cab drivers shout abuse at Mullahs from their car windows, where unmarried men and women mingle in Western clothes at secret parties, and where cans of whisky (the possession of which is punishable by lashings) are readily available on the black market. 

This is the charming and astonishing account of one Westerner's life-altering rambles across Iran that illustrates first-hand the attitudes and aspirations of a nation in flux.

©2009 Jamie Maslin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Breadth of fresh air

Loved the way Jamie was able to objectively portray his travels in the much demonised Axis of Evil state of Iran. Makes me want to get on the next plane there.

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  • Bella Bates
  • 18-04-14

Entertaining & Informative

What made the experience of listening to Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn the most enjoyable?

The narrator read as if he were in the present time. This book is the first book that as soon as the book ended I hit restart within seconds to hear all over again!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn?

The feedback regarding the welcoming & giving nature of the Iranian people (not to be confused with the Iranian Govt.) The scenery was described majestically.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

Jamie Maslin

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes. I listened to it while walking the dog & sewing.

Any additional comments?

All Americans should read this book BEFORE characterizing all Iranians in the Access of Evil Box! Made me want to travel there as well, however as a woman I don't think I would be as welcomed as Jamie was...

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  • IndyInAsiaPacific
  • 16-02-20

Outstanding Travelogue❣️

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“Iranian Rappers and Persian Porn“

Outstanding Travelogue❣️

Extremely important American History you have been lied to about✅

Funny😂

I laughed out loud several score of times🎯

Brilliant👨🏻‍🎓

The only thing I did NOT Love was The Title🤔

I must admit, I got it in part BECAUSE of The Title💰

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  • 08-08-17

Insightful & delightful

Pros - Great story of hitchhiking in Iran which demonstrates the genuine nature of most Iranians. Good mix of current culture and historical facts which is insightful.
Cons - Does ramble on at times but still well wort the time.

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  • Mike MacSkivvy
  • 24-03-16

A look into life in Iran.

this is a great look into the everyday life for Iran's average citizens. pleasantly surprising.