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  • 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Emerson
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
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    (38)

    Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features last summers in grand aristocratic residences or its most destructive ones: the unresolved rivalries of the great European powers, the fear of revolution, violence in the Balkans.

    GANESHi says: "Good book ruined by bad read"
    "fascinating history, embarrassingly bad reader"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend only the print version. Kevin Stillwell's mispronunciations make me wince. How can he have been hired to read 67 books?!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War?

    I keep listening to understand what London, Shanghai, Cairo, and other world capitals really FELT like before World War 1. The research is wide, including contemporary newspapers, diaries, guidebooks, music, and political tracts.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Stillwell?

    Someone fluent in English. And acquainted with German, Chinese, and other languages' pronunciations.


    Do you think 1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The content is thorough and satisfying as it is.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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