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The Old Patagonian Express

Narrated by: Norman Dietz
Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

The Old Patagonian Express tells of Paul Theroux's train journey down the length of North and South America. Beginning on Boston's subway, he depicts a voyage from ice-bound Massachusetts to the arid plateau of Argentina's most southerly tip.

Shivering and sweating by turns as the temperature and altitude rise and plummet, he describes the people he encountered - the tedious Mr Thornberry in Limón and reading to the legendary blind writer, Jorge Luis Borges, in Buenos Aires.

©1979 Cape Cod Scriveners Company (P)1986 Recorded Books Inc

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"One of the most entrancing travel books written in our time." ( Financial Times)
"Travel writing at its most accomplished." ( Sunday Telegraph)
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Awful reader

No complaint about the book, its a good read but every sentence you can hear the reader clicking his lips together and it is relentlessly annoying.

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I gave up!

Maybe I am a bit too young for the style that this books is written in.

I was hoping for something Michael Palinesque and this book is not.

I made it to chapter 5 before I gave it up.

I found each chapter to be repetitive, with similar descriptions of people and places. At times the descriptions of the girls he came across could be at best lecherous and at worst salacious and bawdy. I'm not a prude but in this day and age, to read about a man 'noticing' every working girl or attractive woman he comes across is boring.

Wasn't the kind of travel writing I was hoping for.

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Unique travel experience

A unique travel experience that is so vibrant and vivid its as if your there.

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mispronounciation

Shame the narrator can't read English must be because he's American. You'll end up grinding your teeth and baffled to the meanings of some simple sentences.

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