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William Joshua Venner

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  • The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jay Bahadur
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (40)
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    (39)

    Somalia, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, has been inhabited as far back as 9,000 B.C. Its history is as rich as the country is old. Caught up in a decades-long civil war, Somalia, along with Iraq and Afghanistan, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Getting there is a forty-five-hour, five-flight voyage through Frankfurt, Dubai, Djibouti, Bosasso (on the Gulf of Aden), and, finally, Galkacyo. Somalia is a place where a government has been built out of anarchy.

    Andy says: "from fisherman to felons"
    "Enjoyed Pirates of Somalia"
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    What did you love best about The Pirates of Somalia?

    A complex view of Somali pirates was presented utilizing a combination of a news reports, statistics, interviews, and other research.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eyewitness, 1980-1989: A History of the Twentieth Century in Sound

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joanna Bourke
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
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    (2)

    Eyewitness provides a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear the events of the century described by those who saw them happen. A wealth of BBC archive recordings, some never previously broadcast, is interwoven with an illuminating commentary by the historian Joanna Bourke. Published in 10 volumes, Eyewitness examines the role and the life of the British people in each decade of the century.

    William Joshua Venner says: "British History of the 1980s"
    "British History of the 1980s"
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    This five hour audio download from Audible Books covers Great Britain during the 1980s. It combines light narration with an abundance of old recordings (mostly interviews, news broadcasts, and speeches) into a quick historical overview of the decade. Loosely strung together by subject, not chronological order, the classic 80???s sound bites offer a colorful sample of past years on the other side of the pond. However, it lacked a serious assessment of the positive and negative effects of the major reforms and policy shifts during the ???Thatcher years,??? a somewhat stunning omission. The tendency of this work to favor the opinions of common football rioters, labor unionists, and left-wing demonstrators, over law enforcement, senior leaders, and historical analysts leaves it lacking depth and feeling rather myopic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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