I Wouldn't Start From Here

  • by Andrew Mueller
  • Narrated by Dennis Holland
  • 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is an Audible IndieFirst selection.I Wouldn't Start From Here is Andrew Mueller's personal memoir of the 21st century so far. It features any number of exotic locations, and a cast of revolutionaries, rock stars, politicians, hitmen, warmongers and peacemakers. Between ducking for cover in Gaza, running roadblocks in Iraq, getting arrested in Cameroon and hanging out with Hezbollah, this is a search for an answer to perhaps the key question of our time: "What is it with these people?"


What the Critics Say

"A gung-ho Candide with a taste for places it is wiser to avoid. . . the reports collected in 'I Wouldn't Start From Here' are graphic, comic, bemused and properly contemptuous of faith and ideology." (Jonathan Meades, Books of the Year, Evening Standard)
"An utterly sui generis report from the world's plague-spots." (Michael Bywater, Books of the Year, New Statesman)
"I can think of no more entertaining companion on a perilous journey than the ever hopeful, wildly optimistic yet clear-thinking Andrew Mueller." (Rory MacLean, The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Couldn't Finish It.

I became disgusted with the racist "jokes" the author was trying to make, and kept thinking that he was trying very hard to be another Bill Bryson, but lacked the wit and intelligence. YMMV, but I couldn't finish it, and wish there were some way to get a refund.
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- Dave


I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to register my strong disagreement with the one review so far posted. The subject matter is a fascinating journey through some of the most troubled places on the planet and is done with a great deal of balance and humor. If you like the writings of Bill Bryson, Mark Steyn and P.J. O'Rourke, you are almost certain to enjoy this. If you are as hypersensitive as the other reviewer apparently is and strain to find a personal insult in every bit of satire you encounter, don't bother.
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- John Burrus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios