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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher*

Since the ancient Greeks, actor's have been society's storytellers. And ever since Hollywood first left the backlot, these storytellers have been traveling to far-flung corners of the world to tell those tales. We decided to ask some of the most widely traveled people in the film industry to sit down and tell us the
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Lonely Planet
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Lisa
Oct 05, 2013 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Travel buffs, modern film buffs
Recommended to Lisa by: One of its editors
As this is an anthology, a single rating really doesn't do it justice. Stories ranged from the superb (Malcolm McDonald, Bill Bennett, Stephanie March) to the wonderfully good (Brooke Shields, Anthony Sattin) to the abysmal (not naming names). There were also a few places that were downright offensive, such as a passage that just had to refer to race when describing the laziness of a local and another in which the writer punctuated her long-held wish of being Jewish by listing some of the qualit ...more
Becky
Disappointing. Reading the blurb had me anticipatory of interesting, meaty tales and anecdotes. Instead it's a mishmash of very brief, oddly assembled and poorly edited sets of words. Not pleased.
Miko Lee
Mixed bag of Hollywood types and their travels. Writing is all over the map. Ba da ba. I thought this would be much more compelling.
Phil
Series of essays by folks variously related to the entertainment industry. Some interesting, some not.
Andrea
Not really a fan if this read. As one who rarely puts down a book unfinished, I couldn't get past page 150 or so. While some of the stories were great, taking you to new places where you can almost taste the food and see the people... Others were poorly written, falling short of the point. About halfway through come too many tales of difficult travels or failed film attempts in the Middle East, where two or three would have done fine. From there I lost my thirst to go on. Glad I bought it as a " ...more
Carol
Meh. I'm a fan of travel anthologies and always enjoy the Best American series. But this series felt somewhat lacking. A well-edited series will have a story arc this this collection was lacking. In the interview interview that caused me to purchase the book, Andrew McCarthy talked about how after he reminded his friends/contact to submit, a rush of submissions came in right away. His feeling was that it was their fabulous and fast writing skills that saved the deadline. I put it down to a rush ...more
Joe
Most of these stories are not well written. The idea was to get actors or other people from the movie industry to write about their travel experiences, good or bad.

The only saving grace is the visual image of Brooke Shields eating seal fat and making an igloo in the Arctic. She's a terrible writer but it was amusing.

Most of these stories come across as whiny.
Claire
I enjoyed this collection of short stories enough, but I had to read it in small doses. Sometimes the writing just didn't grab me and other times I really had no interest in the place I was reading about. But for a free Nook Book, it was good!
John Orman
Nice little review of travel stories by some celebrities--Dana Delany (Brazil), Alec Balwin (Los Angeles), and Brooke Shields (Arctic). Could use some more exciting details of their adventures.
Marlene Leblanc
This book containing short stories of various travels would have been rated higher if the language had been cleaned up.
Virginieadam
Usually not a huge fan of short-stories, but these were original, well-written, candid tales.
Jod
This was a fun read, my favorite essay was by Anthony Edwards.
Habiba Nabila
It's kinda boring.I was expecting more...
Jen On the Edge
This an excellent collection of travel stories.
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