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Publisher's Summary

A modern quest for an ancient remedy.
If you enjoy a fast-paced, true story, Five Weeks in the Amazon is the book for you. It's an honest story filled with peaks of humor and valleys of despair. Author Sean Michael Hayes has written a book that many would put on their shelf next to Cheryl Strayed's blockbuster success, Wild. His adventure took him into the middle of the jungle alone, but Hayes' unique writing style makes the listener feel as though they are right there with him. Five Weeks in the Amazon is filled with Hayes' thoughtful solutions to many of the common problems we all share. Find out now if this Canadian backpacker uncovers the answers he searched for while living with a shaman in the Amazon jungle.
©2015, 2016 Sean Michael Hayes (P)2016 Sean Michael Hayes
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5 out of 5 stars
By Brennan Mcclay on 06-14-17

Made me laugh, think, and want to travel

If you could sum up Five Weeks in the Amazon in three words, what would they be?

This was one of the most descriptive stories I have heard from an author. I loved his use of self-deprecating humour and the analogies to life, I think we all need nowadays.
If you like true travel stories, this is a great book. The author doesn't claim to be perfect, as a writer, or a human.. But he is trying his best, and that's what we can learn from.

What other book might you compare Five Weeks in the Amazon to and why?

marching powder, wild

What does Matt Kennedy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has a commanding voice, and makes you want to pay attention

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the author was having a physically challenging time after ingesting the purgative medicine.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kelly L. Smith on 05-09-17


I was really optimistic about this book. I wanted it to be helpful in some manner towards awaking humanity. But what I heard was pretty much only the authors many selfish whims. It was an interesting story though, and the author was honest and real. But not something I'd suggest to give any kind of clarity on Ayahuasca. It doesn't give any sort of help for those who are seeking on a spiritual path. That being said, it may appeal to those who need something more along this line of where the author is coming from.
The reader was not excellent. The editing was not done well (if at all) and you could hear a lot of stuff at times going on in the background. He repeated himself several times. He really should have researched how to pronounce the Spanish words. Every time he said "Iquitos" like "Equi-toes", I wanted to cringe. It was things like this that really took me out of the story.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Somesh De Swardt on 01-10-17

I found it badly written and shallow

I'm sorry, but I really had hopes for this book. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Although the subject of the book deals with a profound deep culture and spirituality, the style of writing and narration is shallow and lacking inspiration. Seems to be written by a teenager for a teenager audience. You won't learn anything new here. If you want to learn about ayahuasca and the culture it comes from try another one.

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