Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?

  • by Thomas Kohnstamm
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For those who think that travel guidebooks are the gospel truth.
Wanted: Travel Writer for Brazil
Qualifications Required:
Decisiveness: the ability to desert your entire previous life - including a well-salaried office job, attractive girlfriend, and basic sanity for less than minimum wage.
Attention to detail: The skill to research northeastern Brazil, including transportation, restaurants, hotels, culture, customs, and language, while juggling sleep deprivation, nonstop nightlife, and excessive alcohol consumption
Creativity: The imagination to write about places you never actually visit
Resourcefulness: Utilizing persuasion, seduction, and threats, when necessary, to secure a place to stay for the evening once your pitiable advance has been (mis)spent
Resilience: determination to overcome setbacks such as bankruptcy, disillusionment, and an ill-fated one-night stand with an Austrian flight attendant
As Kohnstamm comes to personal terms with each of these job requirements, he unveils the underside of the travel industry and its often-harrowing effect on writers, travelers, and the destinations themselves. Moreover, he invites us into his world of compromising and scandalous situations in one of the most exciting countries as he races against an impossible deadline.

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Ghastly

after a brief interesting period of author's introspection, I could not plod through the self indulgent narcissism re drugs, alcohol and women to get to whatever there is in this sorry excuse for a book about travel writing. No stars if possible
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- Robert

Pass this one up

This narrator is terrible. It sounds like one of those programs that reads the text on a computer. After 15 minutes I had to return the book because it was that bad. Too bad, it sounded like an interesting book.
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- Emily Johnson Hentschel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios