The Duncan brothers just wanted to get away - so they decided to take a stress free trip to the South Pacific Islands.
Their six month trip turned into both a blessing and a curse. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the world turned completely upside down. The events of "The Day" transpired out of their comprehension and control and changed the course of history and the world as they've always known it.
Their trip to the remote island of Rahiti seemingly saved their lives, but also alienated them from the life they once knew. On the upside, they're living in paradise; on the downside, they may never see their family, friends, or home ever again. They simply wanted to escape the pressures of business and society for a while and take a sabbatical to surf, relax, and enjoy island life. They got way more than they bargained for.
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Sum up 'The Trip' in 3 Words: What an adventure!
I thought the author did a great job narrating - especially trying to play the part of so many characters. It was interesting him speak the variety of parts. Great voice. I also drive a lot so being able to listen to the book via audio was very helpful. I don't have much time to read sitting down. So the audio edition was great!
I really liked the unexpected ending. It totally caught me off guard.
Hoku! His story was amazing and what he endured - Wow!
I did --- I had to listen to it in chunks of time but I didn't want to STOP! Great job.
The book started off slow with lots of build-up and character development, but quickly turned into a very captivating story. I think many people, including myself, have dreamed of taking a life-changing trip and getting away from it all - good concept for a story. The unpredictable plot really drives home the point of how quickly things can change, both in and out of one's control. I also liked the points on being sustainable and environmentally friendly. I think this book would make an excellent movie!
- Kevin Snyder, Ed.D.
Excellent Mix of Suspense, Adventure and More
I'd say that The Trip is one of the best books I've read/listened to. I'd give it a 9.5 out of 10 compared to the other books I've read. I mostly read non-fiction, so this fiction---or is it?---book was a great breath of fresh air for me.
The story of Hoku was a suspenseful as he battled the Matains at Mata Utu.
He has a certain deep cadence in his voice that is perfect for audio narration. You can hear his humbled tone and inflection.
Absolutely! I didn't want to stop listening while he talked about his solo adventure with the Mareva. The story of Hoku had me on the edge of my seat.
Donovan does an excellent job at captivating the beauty of the island and its people along with a breathtaking finale that actually had me gripping my pillow in anticipation. I look forward to listening to more of his books. Thanks!
- Jenny Curtis