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Rebecca

Fremont, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Unfamiliar Fishes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (531)

    In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

    Kat says: "Sarah Vowell does it again!"
    "Narration problems."
    Overall

    Sarah Vowell is a smart woman and a wonderful writer. However, she really should not have narrated this book. I believe she has some sort of speech impediment, which makes her difficult to listen to for long stretches. She starts and stops abruptly. I hate to say it, but her reading ruins a wonderful book. Skip the audiobook, but read the real thing.

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