The Hotel on the Roof of the World

  • by Alec Le Sueur
  • Narrated by Steven Kynman
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The very aptly named Mr Pong had the kind of breath that could stun at over 10 feet.... This wasn't just bad - there was something rotten down there. Something had crawled in and died. Gunter howled with laughter as he saw the look of horror on my face. It was the best entertainment he had seen since he had watched Chef chasing yaks through the kitchens.
Few foreigners are lucky enough to set foot on Tibetan soil, but Alec Le Sueur spent five extraordinary years there, working in the unlikeliest Holiday Inn in the world. Against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas unfolds a highly amusing and enlightening account of his experiences. Fly infestations at state banquets, unexpected deliveries of live snakes, a predominance of yaks and everything yak-related, the unbelievable Miss Tibet competition, insurmountable communication problems and a dead guest are just some of the entertainments to be found at the Fawlty Towers of Lhasa.
Le Sueur, the only Westerner since the days of Heinrich Harrer to spend so long in Tibet, examines the country's intriguing cultural background, providing a fascinating insight into a country that was only just opening up to the outside world.

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What the Critics Say

"...offers lucid details about living in a place that westerners tend to misunderstand." (Time Magazine)
"An hillarious account of a clash of cultures...a comparison with Fawlty Towers is inevitable, but this is funnier." (Mail on Sunday)
"Imagine moving Faulty Towers from Torquay to Tibet...Le Sueur has distilled five years of real anecdotes into one hilarious volume...unbelievably true." (Focus Magazine)

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Imperfect people living interesting lives

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hotel on the Roof of the World to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but always feel that a well read audio book stirs both the left and right side of the brain ... therefore making it way more alive and valuable. It's a hard person to find who doesn't enjoy a book being read to them! This book is very well read with great impersonations. I'll definitely listen to it a few times over.


What other book might you compare The Hotel on the Roof of the World to, and why?

It stands alone but if I had to compare it to a variety of travel books - or even books in the humurous category - I'd say it would come out tops.


What about Steven Kynman’s performance did you like?

His impersonations were excellent. He brings the characters to life with ease.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed quite a few times, and felt their frustrations a few times too.


Any additional comments?

Excellent book. Well worth listening to ... especially for travel readers who like to be taken to a lesser-known corner of the earth.

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- Lynda Cookson

The best audiobook I have listened to

What made the experience of listening to The Hotel on the Roof of the World the most enjoyable?

The story is brilliant, the narrator gave the book a perfect flippancy and captured the situation perfectly. I have listened to this book several times and is performance is the best of any audiobook.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hotel on the Roof of the World?

The description of the Chinese airline and the onboard magazine made me laugh out loud.


Have you listened to any of Steven Kynman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't unfortunately


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

They make running a hotel look easy...


Any additional comments?

Funny and thoughtful. I felt like I was there with him and shared in his experience. Can't recommend highly enough.

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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios