Freak Show without a Tent by Nevin Martell audiobook

Freak Show without a Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stones in Fiji, and Other Family Vacations

By Nevin Martell
Read by Benard Setaro Clark

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Fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, getting stoned at Fijian kava ceremonies, and witnessing the ancient ritual of land diving on Pentecost Island is the stuff of National Geographic cover stories— and Nevin Martell’s childhood vacations. His family’s globetrotting took them from the South Pacific to South America and many points nowhere in-between. Though their lifestyle choices were eccentric, the locations they visited exotic, and the people they met extraordinary, these escapades are firmly grounded in the trials, tribulations, and tribal rivalries that plague all families. Freak Show without a Tent is a grandly hilarious memoir-misadventure that is equal parts National Lampoon’s Vacation, Romancing the Stone, and Crocodile Dundee. Woven seamlessly into the stories of exploring the far side of the far side, near death experiences, and gastronomical catastrophes, is the story of a young boy coming of age, the evolving relationship between a father and son, and a family discovering its own boundaries. With the honesty and innocence that can only come through the eyes of youth, Martell reveals the symbiosis of interdependence and independence that exist deep within both rain forests and families. To paraphrase a family motto: buy the ticket, take the ride, and hope you survive, so that you can tell your therapist all about it.

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Summary

Summary

Fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, getting stoned at Fijian kava ceremonies, and witnessing the ancient ritual of land diving on Pentecost Island is the stuff of National Geographic cover stories— and Nevin Martell’s childhood vacations.

His family’s globetrotting took them from the South Pacific to South America and many points nowhere in-between. Though their lifestyle choices were eccentric, the locations they visited exotic, and the people they met extraordinary, these escapades are firmly grounded in the trials, tribulations, and tribal rivalries that plague all families. Freak Show without a Tent is a grandly hilarious memoir-misadventure that is equal parts National Lampoon’s Vacation, Romancing the Stone, and Crocodile Dundee.

Woven seamlessly into the stories of exploring the far side of the far side, near death experiences, and gastronomical catastrophes, is the story of a young boy coming of age, the evolving relationship between a father and son, and a family discovering its own boundaries. With the honesty and innocence that can only come through the eyes of youth, Martell reveals the symbiosis of interdependence and independence that exist deep within both rain forests and families. To paraphrase a family motto: buy the ticket, take the ride, and hope you survive, so that you can tell your therapist all about it.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Freak Show without a Tent is the family vacation you never went on (but kinda wish you had). Traveling the globe is all fun and games until the kids discover they’re the grown-ups in the equation. Fondly remembered and colorfully narrated, this book is one-part warmth and two-parts crazy—Martell’s genius lies in finding beauty in life’s awkwardest moments.” National Geographic Traveler
“In the guise of this strange and funny chronicle of a lifetime of adventure travel, Nevin Martell has slyly traced his evolution from boy to man and delivered a sharp-edged portrait of one modern American family, warts and … well, more warts. Part P. J. O’Rourke, part David Sedaris, it is both a rollicking fun trip and a surprisingly tender exploration of the ties that bind.” Todd Kliman, author of The Wild Vine

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Author Bio: Nevin Martell

Author Bio: Nevin Martell

Nevin Martell has been writing about food and culture for more than a decade and a half for publications such as the Washington Post, NPR, Wine Enthusiast, TravelChannel.com, Runner’s World, Food Republic, and many more. He lives with his wife and son in Washington, DC, where he writes full time.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English