Hotel Honolulu

  • by Paul Theroux
  • 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A writer accepts a job as a manager of a low-rent hotel in Hawaii. He acts as a witness to the hotel's cast of characters, chronicling their stories and ultimately regaining his will to write.


What the Critics Say

"... somberly beautiful and lacerating ... Phillips [is] a virtuoso, prizewinning novelist with a biographer's avidity for fact ..." (Booklist), starred review


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Customer Reviews

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Big Buzz Kill

I finally couldn't finish listening to this because it presents a very disturbing vision of humanity. The stories, one after another, are unrelentingly about people who are sad, lonely, gruesome, cruel, predatory, perverted, victimized, and on and on without amusement at their eccentricities or fondness for their foibles. I finally couldn't get through to the end to find out if there is some kind of redemption. Maybe it's that the main character gets back his will to write? So he wrote this mess.
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- Lisa

Theroux sees it how it is.

don't usually write reviews but (in fairness to this superb book) I owe it to Mr. Theroux. yes, it follows the lives of multiple characters connected through the Hotel Honolulu (as the previous reviewer said. No, they are not tragic as in the term 'victimized' would imply but real people that unless you are extremely sheltered, you would have met. What makes it great is that in their ordinary lives, they speak to us through the novel, & remind us of our fallibilities--but that we can get on with it all the same. Not everyone is looking for a light at the end of the tunnel and why should everyone have to? The characters and stories here represent this realism without justifying it, apologizing for it ...but it is nonetheless exceptionally entertaining and need not be read on a deep level.
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books