The Lower River

  • by Paul Theroux
  • Narrated by Jefferson Mays
  • 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A titan of American letters, Paul Theroux wowed audiences and critics with his modern classic The Mosquito Coast. Its captivating thematic cousin, The Lower River, stars Ellis Hock, a man whose dreams of world travel and humanitarianism in the Peace Corps were dashed when he returned home to assume control of his family's business. Now with his wife having left and his life stagnant, Ellis makes the fateful decision to travel back to the small African village he once called home. Yet the happiness and fulfillment he seeks remain elusive.


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Customer Reviews

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What would have made The Lower River better?

It should have ended right in the middle. The halfway point had a more compelling ending and the second half of the book dragged.

What was most disappointing about Paul Theroux’s story?

I began to loath the protagonist. The story needed an unhappy ending.

Have you listened to any of Jefferson Mays’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It compares very well. He is a great storyteller.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The premise was interesting. The first half was compelling.

Any additional comments?

I had high expectations before reading the book. It might have been better with lower expectations.

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- R. Jaeger

Very gifted author

I have read all of his books. I was hooked once I read Mosquito Coast. This narrator brings the story to life, So much more than just reading the words on a page.
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- Donald E. Pearson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books