• The Backpacker

  • By: John Harris
  • Narrated by: Tom Lawrence
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-04-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (19 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

A gripping adventure that takes the listener on a backpacking trip through South East Asia.
John’s trip to India starts badly when he finds himself looking at the sharp end of a knife in a train station cubicle. His life is saved by the enigmatic Rick, who persuades John to abandon his mundane plans for the future for much, much more.
Fast forward to the Thai island of Koh Pha-Ngan, where they pose as millionaire aristocrats in a hedonistic Eden of beautiful girls, free drugs, and wild beach parties. Soon pursued by the Thai Mafia, they escape to Indonesia, Australia, and Hong Kong, facing danger at every turn.
©2001 John Harris (P)2011 Audible Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By bionichands on 01-18-12

Gave up

I listened to the entire first half of this book and it just never grabbed me. I just got bored. Too bad really because I love the setting, and The Beach is one of my favorite books. Things happen occasionally, but more often the story is filled with long accounts of not especially exciting train rides, pointless conversations between characters who you are not certain are relevant to the story, and inexplicable decisions on the part of the main character.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-18-14

"A Million Little Pieces" of travel books.

Would you try another book from John Harris and/or Tom Lawrence?

The narrator Tom Lawrence was very good, I would easily listen to another performance. The author John Harris is better at fiction/semi-fiction than reality.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The book is a retelling of a story in that age old pub fashion/fishing story. A small little adventure blossomed into a grand story with the retelling. The teller may think it really happened that way but the reality is likely much more sedate. Much like James Frey and his "A Million Little Pieces", there is a lot of embellishment in a story branded as non-fiction. It is an entertaining read though, just not true to the non fiction travel genre.

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

Its an all around great performance. His voice matched the mental picture of the protagonist in the story. He is properly emphatic when the story calls for it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By jonathan on 05-08-12

Didn't live up to my expectations or other reviews

A bit tiresome this book, learnt nothing about the interesting countries/culture, just fairly far fetched stories about 'lads abroad' behaving badly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By dawn on 02-24-18

Totally unexpected

I’ve read lots of travel memoirs before by ‘adventurers’ or hikers taking things seriously so this was completely different from the start.

I wondered if it would be typical stories about full moon parties and clubs but it turned out to be so compelling and an almost unbelievable story with lots of twists and turns, countries and situations I never predicted!

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