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David

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  • The Balkans [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mark Mazower
    • Narrated By Robert O'Keefe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In this fascinating work, winner of the Wolfson Prize for History Mark Mazower uncovers the history of the Balkans with detail and clarity. He explores the reasons for current conflicts and examines the Balkans as a religious, cultural, and economic melting pot for Europe and Asia. Through Robert O'Keefe's articulate narration, listeners will be absorbed by this rich world.

    David says: "Thorough History..."
    "Thorough History..."
    Overall

    This was a good listen. The author gives a good sense of the history of the region leading up to the present day, helping to explain why the Balkans became such a troubled region in the '90s. For anyone who is/was curious as to what was behind the recent strifes (beyond what the media told us), then this would be a good read. The only downside to the book is that it is sometimes chronilogically out of order. I'm not sure the author had much choice given how many present-day events are tied to past events, but it makes for several "what happened when?" moments. Nonetheless, I a good and thorough listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Langewiesche
    • Narrated By William Langewiesche
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Even if we live within sight of the sea, it is easy to forget that our world is an ocean world. The open ocean, that vast expanse of international waters, begins just a few miles out and spreads across three-fourths of the globe. It is a place of storms and danger, both natural and manmade. And at a time when every last patch of land is claimed by one government or another, it is a place that remains radically free.

    Darren says: "Amazing Narrative!"
    "Interesting Listen..."
    Overall

    This was a very insightful audiobook. One might think that a story about the sea and shipping would be somewhat boring, but the author did a great job of revealing many of the mysteries of the shipping industry and the people who make up its ranks. Also kind of scary to realize how dependant we are on the ships for getting our goods to and fro, and how vulnerable and difficult to manage the whole system is.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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