We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East | [Robin Wright]

Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East

Robin Wright first landed in the Middle East on October 6, 1973, the day the fourth Middle East war erupted. She has covered every country and most major crises in the region since then, through to the rise of al Qaeda and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. For all the drama of the past, however, the region's most decisive traumas are unfolding today as the Middle East struggles to deal with trends that have already reshaped the rest of the world.
Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Robin Wright first landed in the Middle East on October 6, 1973, the day the fourth Middle East war erupted. She has covered every country and most major crises in the region since then, through to the rise of al Qaeda and the U.S. invasion of Iraq. For all the drama of the past, however, the region's most decisive traumas are unfolding today as the Middle East struggles to deal with trends that have already reshaped the rest of the world. And for all the darkness, there is also hope. Some of the emerging trends give cause for greater optimism about the future of the Middle East than at any time since the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948.

Dreams and Shadows is an extraordinary tour de horizon of the new Middle East, with on-the-ground reportage of the ideas and movements driving change across the region - and the obstacles they confront. Through the powerful storytelling for which the author is famous, Dreams and Shadows ties together the players and events in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, the Gulf states, and the Palestinian territories into a coherent vision of what lies ahead.

A marvelous field report from the center of the storm, the book is animated by the characters whose stories give the region's transformation its human immediacy and urgency. It is also rich with the history that brought us to this point. It is a masterpiece of the reporter's art and a work of profound and enduring insight.

At the end, Wright offers perspective on the United States' most ambitious and costly foreign policy initiative since the rebuilding of Europe after World War II. The stakes are far greater than winning the war on terrorism, stabilizing Iraq, or achieving a lasting Arab-Israeli peace.

Transforming the greater Middle East is the last great political challenge of the modern era. Yet the early burst of activity in a region long stagnant is already becoming one of the first grand surprises of the 21st century.

©2008 Robin Wright; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating....for anyone who likes true human drama." (Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (32 )
5 star
 (8)
4 star
 (14)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.0 (9 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.9 (9 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kuldeep Chicago, IL, USA 01-19-09
    Kuldeep Chicago, IL, USA 01-19-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Ignorant, under-exposed narrator"

    I am deeply disappointed that the narrator (Laural Merlington) makes some major pronunciation gaffes in the first 30 mins of the book. She pronounces Saudi Arabia "Saudi-a Arabia" like it rhymes, and then proceeded to name a Mexican restaurant "Polo Loco" instead of "Pollo" where the "L" is supposed to be pronounced like a "y". She clearly knows only the English language and has poor geographic knowledge. It is ironic that she smears the credibility of this book with her atrocious pronunciation. Also, she hesitates inexplicably ahead of really simple sentence transitions and words and generally talks slowly like she's addressing a slow audience.

    I haven't heard past the first 60 mins, but I was compelled to beg whoever is reading this to please change the narrator or give her a lesson in pronunciation.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Summer Bridgeview, IL, USA 01-13-09
    Summer Bridgeview, IL, USA 01-13-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Poor Choice in Narrator"

    I keep trying to get through this book but the narrator's voice and way of speaking is not right for this book. When she comes across a word or name in Arabic, she butchers it. I can't explain it, but her voice is just not right.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Craig Campbell austin, TX United States 09-26-09
    Craig Campbell austin, TX United States 09-26-09 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    71
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    167
    41
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent"

    Excellent background on the Middle East looking at the differences between countries. Robin Wright presents very balanced observations that are experienced based.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-3 of 3 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.