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Timothy

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  • There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Chinua Achebe
    • Narrated By Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    The defining experience of Chinua Achebe's life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe's people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. Immediately after, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than 40 years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful events.

    OLUCHUKWU says: "The Audible Edition Is a Disaster"
    "Very interesting, but maybe biased?"
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    I remember hearing about the tragic Biafran war many years ago, but have never had the opportunity to hear how it unfolded in any detail. This account, excellently narrated, tells one side of the story from the perspective of a highly respected author (rightly so). I found myself, however, wondering about how successful Achebe has been at distancing himself from a particular point of view and evaluation of events. Not that it is possible, or even desirable, to achieve complete detachment. But I was left with a sense that what I had heard needed to be supplemented by other voices and other perspectives.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (576)

    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "A world gone mad"
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    I haven't finished, but the story is rivetting. It could all have been avoided so easily! The depth of human folly is clearly portrayed. The reader's voice tends to fall into a fairly predictable pattern, which detracts a little, but only a little, from the overall impact.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (851)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "A classic, very well narrated"
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    This book is deservedly a classic! It is a story of transformation worked by grace, narrated with great skill. Hugo's prose is rich and multi-layered and a pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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