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Iberia Audiobook

Iberia

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Publisher's Summary

Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. Iberia is Michener's enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards; he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer.

©2015 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities." (The New York Times)

"Massive, beautiful...unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject." (The Wall Street Journal)

"A dazzling panorama...one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory." (Saturday Review)

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    andy 03-10-16
    andy 03-10-16
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    "Monolithic"

    The book wasn't terrible, it was just dated overall. Some parts were great reflections on Spanish cities and countryside, other parts reported on Spanish life in the 50s and 60s. Those parts don't really stand the test of time. It would be an appropriate book for any student of Spain, European history, or Michener fan.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great travelogue"

    I learned a lot as bout Spain in the 1960s and Franco and catholicism and the revolution

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    Mark Leavitt USA 11-03-16
    Mark Leavitt USA 11-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Introduction to what life was like in IBERIA"
    What did you love best about Iberia?

    I really enjoyed this book as i was traveling through Spain. It gave some historical narrative that i found fascinating, along with extreme differences from what Michener view as Iberia to what it has become today.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iberia?

    This book had a lot of memorable moments in it, but I would say his stories of historical perspective gave me the most inspiration to keep digging and researching more as I was traveling around Spain.


    What about Larry McKeever’s performance did you like?

    At first I wondered if I could make it thought this book because of his dry way of reading, however now he has become the voice that I associate with Michener, and after a while I started to enjoy hearing his voice as it read the book. Now I am looking for other books by Michener that Larry McKeever reads.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for anyone interested in Spain its culture and an over all perspective on the country and the area known as Ibiera

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William P. Dingell Reston, VA United States 08-10-16
    William P. Dingell Reston, VA United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Great history"

    Listened to this book before an 8-day trip to Spain. Helped a lot. Lots of great backstory on history of Spain.

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    Bill Coleman 10-18-15

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    "A Travelog, not fiction"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone interested in travelling mid-20th century Spain


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else.


    Which character – as performed by Larry McKeever – was your favorite?

    There were no characters


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, it is completely dated and useless unless you time travel


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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