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  • The Almost Nearly Perfect People

  • Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
  • By: Michael Booth
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
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  • Story
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Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than 10 years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely audiobook, he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Anthropological, historical, entertaining

  • By Jay Friedman on 09-30-15

Half Genius

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Reviewed: 10-24-16

First of all the reading is absolutely great, the perfect match to the source material.

The book itself I would split into two halves: the incredible travelogue half, which masterfully describes the cultures and is full of hilarious stories, and the lefty political half which is just muddled and naive (especially given the current climate in Europe). If you have any interest in Scandinavia please do listen to this audiobook, the practical stories and observations here are incredible. It's all just a little weighed down by the authors' politics.

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