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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 10 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741795982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741795981
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, though, I thought it was a great companion guide for the trip we took.
James
As an example, there is no table of contents where you can see the list of the regions (much less the cities within them) and navigate directly to them.
Elsie M.
The table of contents was also too broad, and it was challenging to just get back to what I wanted.
kuualoha

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elsie M. on September 18, 2012
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This is the first LP Kindle edition I've bought, and I won't be doing so again. It is extremely hard to navigate - the table of contents is not intuitive enough or detailed enough. As an example, there is no table of contents where you can see the list of the regions (much less the cities within them) and navigate directly to them. It's also full of formatting problems - blank pages, photos that take up 1/3 of the available space on the page... the worst are the maps. The map of the country is about 1/2 the size of an iPad screen and at a resolution where you cannot zoom in effectively. Other maps throughout the book are presented so small it's impossible to see them or zoomed in but cut into four squares spread out over four pages. Makes no sense. Finally, the formatting - font, heading, section set up - is extremely basic, making it hard to skim and find what you are looking for. Unfortunately, skimming through the pages is the only way because the table of contents navigation is so weak. There aren't even headers at the top of the page to tell you which section you are in! You have to page back until you find a section header. I'm really disappointed.

Buy the PDF version of the book from Lonely Planet and read it on your Kindle or IPad. It won't be perfect, but it will be MUCH easier.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James on April 5, 2012
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My friend and I decided to roadtrip through Morocco, from Casablanca to Marrakech, to Fes, and to Tangier. We only had a week and wanted to make sure we had the best use of our time, and this book appeared to have the most information about the country. My friend also purchased a book of her own, but we ended up using mine instead, because there was a lot more information. It had some great tips about customs and how to navigate difficult areas (such as the medina and markets). The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because the maps were a bit confusing. I also felt some of it was a bit outdated (one example: the horse/buggy rides are a fairly newer addition to Marrakech, and there was no information in the book at all about these, how to negotiate, what you can expect to pay, are there scams, etc).

Overall, though, I thought it was a great companion guide for the trip we took.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By kaioatey on November 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This probably is still one of the best travel guides for Morocco. The maps are excellent, lodging info useful but where it remains unsurpassed is trekking information. Info on how to structure 1-7 day treks, where to eat and sleep and how to find your way across the difficult terrain is excellent, imo better than what I've seen in other LP guides. Less effort seems to have been expended on interesting info on cities & their history; sometimes, as in the case of Marrakesh, the prose borders on corny. I bought the Kindle edition as well and can;t understand why the authors did not add little videos of locales or clips of music.

More could be said about the Morrocan people and about music of which there are many many distinct (incredibly rich and powerful) forms that include Gnawa, the exorcism ritual music of former black slaves (it's the Moroccan "blues").

Moroccans are a diverse, proud and beautiful people. A little kindness and generosity go a long way - too often have i seen tense fat lilly-white Westerners walk around nervously clutching bags strapped on their chests, evading payment of a few MADs for a street performance and then get fleeced while buying a carpet or a lamp, or get screwed by taxi drivers who are in fact scoundrels that are almost impossible to evade. Faced with professional beggars, tourists tend to clam up and willfully ignore real cases of hardship that one sees on city streets or in some Berber villages. No, one should be a human amongst human beings, revel in sights, smells, vibrations and emotions that are Morocco. And when it comes to large purchases, go for the jugular and haggle without mercy. Haggling is an emotional-financial-cleverness extravaganza that Moroccans seem to live for. Don't disappoint them. They'll still get your hide and that's OK too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Val979 on December 11, 2012
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I just came back from the trip to Morocco. The guidebook covers all basics and recommendations for restaurants are great - had to use them a few times. As for lodging - places that are listed now have higher prices, so plan to research more to get better deal.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Backpacker No More on December 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first Kindle Edition of a Lonely Planet Guidebook that I've ever used, and I found it disappointing. First of all, the Kindle Edition contains much less material than the printed edition. That alone negates the Kindle guide's value of lesser weight. In addition, the maps were useless without a magnifying glass, and navigating proved to be clumsy.

The content of the guide also disappointed me. I found that the hotel information that I found did not give an accurate description of the reality, and many places where I did stay and like didn't appear in the guide at all. The restaurant information was similarly inaccurate.

I have always used Lonely Planet Guidebooks in the past, but I begin to lose my fondness for them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2012
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This was the first time I purchased an electronic version of a holiday guide book. The actual content is ok and it has loads of information. In terms of finding that information though it's so difficult. Eg to find a restaurant on a map involves clicking back and forth a number of times to see the listing num, then the commentary and then the map. The indexing just isn't good enough. The advantage of weight saved was massively compromised by the difficulty of finding the information. I used the book on an iPhone. Hopefully these electronic guides improve in the future.
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