Advance reader reviews of Radio Shangri-La by Lisa Napoli.

Radio Shangri-La

What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

By Lisa Napoli

Radio Shangri-La
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2011,
    304 pages.

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  • Darlene M. (Rancho Mirage, CA)

    Radio Shangri-La
    I loved reading this book. My husband and I visited Bhutan 20 years ago and were fascinated by the country. This book gives you a glimpse of how modern technology such as television, radio and outside influences are changing the country. You decide if it has been positive or negative!!!!
  • Christine K. (Yakima, WA)

    Radio Shangri-La
    I did not think I would enjoy this book a great deal, but must say that I have. Lisa Napoli is simply talking to you as she relates her story. I so appreciated her insight and growth, which she states so well and clearly. Her ability in giving backgrounds to people and happenings made the reader understand Bhutan, its people and the affect this place had on Lisa. This would be a good book for book clubs.
  • Angelina A. (New York, NY)

    Charming Country
    People undergo changes all the time. Using a physical location to map and understand a midlife crisis was clever. The book provided insight into Bhutan - the culture and the people there. The differences between all the worlds (personal and political) was a comforting read.
  • sadie

    Kinda interesting; kinda meh
    What a great idea this book's premise spins...skilled/experienced radio correspondent prime & eager to live a more rewarding and meaningful life opts to move to the kingdom of happiness (Bhutan) to offer her services in establishing Radio Kuzoo. Scans great. Actual execution...not as jazzy. I liked the author's writing style but there wasn't much depth or, ironically, description of personal growth. What's more, the cultural commentary felt like a series of asides. I wanted more. I expected more. Still, it was a pleasant read. Just not as engaging as I had hoped.
  • Michael P. (San Marcos, CA)

    Very enjoyable
    One of the few books that had me nodding and smiling in agreement with the author as I read along. I was so "in sync" with the feelings and emotions Ms. Napoli used to describe her life at the mid-career point that I felt validated that I wasn't the only one who was experiencing the world the way I do. This sense of identification with an author happens very rarely for me so I really enjoyed the book. Highly recommended.
  • Sharon M. (San Diego, CA)

    Radio Shangri-La
    I sat down many times to read this but could not get into it. Sorry
  • Penny N. (Saginaw, MI)

    Reporter finds peace with self
    The first part of the book I really couldn't tell if this story was fiction, non-fiction or a biography. True the author really didn't have any idea what she had talked herself into. Yet after spending a year in the "happiest place on earth", Bhutan, she was able to step out of her stupor and write with sense of purpose about the things she had observed and participated in. The last third of the book lends itself to freeing the author from bad memories of earlier life in the USA. The many changes in this small country, with local interaction make the last part extremely interesting.
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