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A titan of American letters, Paul Theroux wowed audiences and critics with his modern classic The Mosquito Coast. Its captivating thematic cousin, The Lower River, stars Ellis Hock, a man whose dreams of world travel and humanitarianism in the Peace Corps were dashed when he returned home to assume control of his family's business. Now with his wife having left and his life stagnant, Ellis makes the fateful decision to travel back to the small African village he once called home. Yet the happiness and fulfillment he seeks remain elusive.
©2012 Paul Theroux (P)2012 Recorded Books
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2 out of 5 stars
By R. Jaeger on 29-10-2012

Disappointed

What would have made The Lower River better?

It should have ended right in the middle. The halfway point had a more compelling ending and the second half of the book dragged.

What was most disappointing about Paul Theroux’s story?

I began to loath the protagonist. The story needed an unhappy ending.

Have you listened to any of Jefferson Mays’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It compares very well. He is a great storyteller.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The premise was interesting. The first half was compelling.

Any additional comments?

I had high expectations before reading the book. It might have been better with lower expectations.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Happy on 17-03-2018

Another weird and entertaining story.

Paul Theroux, as adept as ever at portraying wonderful characters with all of their faults outlined in bright colors. Thank you for another great tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy Bowring on 15-01-2013

Haunting message about aid to Africa

One of the best books I have ever read or listened to. From the minute Ellis Hock arrived in Africa till the minute he ..... (won't give the end away!) I was spellbound by this haunting tale. Paul Theroux is a first class story teller and Jefferson Mays' narration superb. The overriding message seems to be: if you are going to give help to Africa, do it wisely or it does more harm than good.

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