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As a globetrotter myself, I was intrigued with the idea behind this book. Unfortunately, the authors come across as hopelessly naive. They didn't do their homework (why would retired people opt to spend the beastly hot summer months living in Italy -- and then complain how beastly hot it is?). They blithely assumed they could live as long as they wanted to, anywhere in Europe. (Never heard of visas and their restrictions -- really?) Their travels sound very stressful (who wants to uproot and start over as soon as you figure out the driving patterns, lifestyle, and maybe meet a few people?) What initially seems romantic and appealing actually sounds lonely and isolating as they describe it. Lynne Martin is not a great writer, which hampers the book. Her reading is much too enthusiastic and gee-whiz. Foods are "the best" and a friend, "the funniest". The "how to" in the title is a bit deceptive. To me, it was more of a "how NOT to" guide.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely! A friend recommended this audiobook to me yesterday and I could not stop listening! I completed the whole book in one day off work. I've been saying for years a vacation is not enough time to really see and experience a culture, language and all the nuances of a destination. I think it takes living there for an unrushed period of time. Lynne and Tim Martin didn't just talk about it, they DID it! I loved hearing the practical aspects of planning, down-sizing, transportation challenges, apartments, cooking, shopping, clothing, stresses, squabbles, staying in touch with family from afar, computers, new friends, etcetc. By the end of this book wonderfully, believably and enthusiastically narrated by the author, I actually felt I knew them both. They had become "friends" by the honest , humorous, and often humble sharing of their adventures both positive and negative. I found this book to be inspirational and possibility-oriented. After listening, I began to believe I could actually do this in my lifetime!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Home Sweet Anywhere?
For me, the most memorable moment was when I changed from thinking "oh you have to KNOW people or be wealthy and well connected to pull this off (the Martins stayed in Mexico in the elegant home of a friend for their first stop which worried me a bit) to realizing most everyone has a monthly budget whether its $2000 , $5,000 or $10,000 or more or much less. As the adventure unfolded in many, often tiny, inelegant places they had never been, such worries went away. I saw that anyone who is willing to honestly look at whatever it is they spend monthly, can spend that same amount of money in a location that makes their world bigger and more fun and is filled with possibility of new friends, exploration and experiences. It's all how YOU choose to spend your money. Plus, it's finding the courage to "GO FOR IT" and the willingness to let go of all the STUFF. that was significant. I found myself saying, "If they can do this, I can too."
What about Lynne Martin’s performance did you like?
When Lynne narrated the book, I actually felt she was talking just to me. It was intimate and honest and communicated the many thoughts and feelings she obviously had. You could actually feel the love in their relationship because her humanity came across beautifully. There was no doubt she was telling a story she had lived and wanted to share with others.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Don't just talk about it! DO IT! Don't GROW OLD! GROW Bold!...there's a whole world waiting!
Any additional comments?
I would like very much to meet the Martins in person. I'm now following their blogs.Thank you for a WONDERFUL book!
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