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This riveting tale from critically acclaimed author Paul Theroux inspired a powerful motion picture and is considered a modern masterpiece. Allie Fox is a brilliant inventor. He’s also a deeply paranoid man who is disenchanted with American materialism and conformity. Abandoning his old life, he believes he can build a better existence for his family in the Honduran jungle. But Allie’s utopian ideals are more easily imagined than realized, and soon his dark obsessions lead his family down an extremely angerous path.
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By matthew on 10-07-13

A genius who is also crazy

An American inventor fed up with modern life moves his family to Honduras. They buy an island and attempt to spread modernity by building a massive ice making machine in the jungle. Some pirates come and their fancy machine not only kills them when it explodes, but also contaminates their island. The family flees with what little they have and starts again, but too close to the sea. Anticipating this the father builds their house to be like and arc,which is necessary when the rainy season finally takes them out to sea. They drift into a missionaries camp, some friends from their passage to Honduras, and the father again does something foolish. This was pretty good and was even made into a movie, but the movie lacked the details. This is one of Theroux's better fictional works.It made me think that perhaps modernity is sometimes a dangerous thing and some places should never be modern.

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By Barb on 11-30-16

Awesome narration of a classic story

D.A.B. really portrays the character lot well! Love the good guys, here the bad.

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By Jaakko on 06-22-14

Excellent narration

What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His performance particularly with the lines of Allie Fox is chilling, almost scary.

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I haven't seen the movie, but after this great narrator performance I'm not sure if I even want to spoil it.

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By W Lynch on 07-02-17

Mosquito Coast

I read this book 30 years ago and have always wanted to read it again. I am to have done so.

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