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tuningfork

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  • Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Madhusree Mukarjee
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    In 1943 Winston Churchill and the British Empire needed millions of Indian troops, all of India's industrial output, and tons of Indian grain to support the Allied war effort. Such massive contributions were certain to trigger famine in India. Because Churchill believed that the fate of the British Empire hung in the balance, he proceeded, sacrificing millions of Indian lives in order to preserve what he held most dear. The result: the Bengal Famine of 1943-44, in which millions of villagers starved to death.

    scmathew says: "A fascinating narrative with a flawed narration"
    "Revealing story, bad pronunciation."
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    It's very interesting to hear Mukerjee's analysis of the Bengal famine of 1943. The narrator was annoying with his constant mispronunciation of Indian names ("Bosay" instead of "Bose" being the most common error), and constantly refering to dates as, for example, "twenty-two February" instead of "twenty-second February". No names of British origin were mispronounced though!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • French for Beginners: Part 1: Lessons 1 to 13

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alexa Polidoro
    • Narrated By Alexa Polidoro
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    This is the first part of Alexa Polidoro's famous French for Beginners course. After many years of developing and harnessing her language-teaching skills with The French Ecole and Lingomania, Alexa has now created an audio treat for people who wish to learn a new language from scratch, without any pressure, in fun, relaxed and manageable chunks.

    Olga says: "Ca va bien."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    The presentation by Alexa is very clear, and listening to the audio was a lot of fun.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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