Jack Miszencin

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  • African Kaiser

  • General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918
  • By: Robert Gaudi
  • Narrated by: Paul Hodgson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 519

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the continent of Africa was a hotbed of international trade, colonialism, and political gamesmanship. So when World War I broke out, the European powers were forced to contend with each other not just in the bloody trenches - but in the treacherous jungle. And it was in that unforgiving land that General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck would make history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written, Well Read, Well Done!

  • By Matthew on 02-25-17

Fascinating and well-written

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Reviewed: 07-31-17

Gives a unique perspective on a seldom-discussed side of the conflict. All this comes with the flare of a writer who knows how to weave in odd coincidents and tangential stories that give a historical account like this one flavor and charm.

  • A History of the Middle East

  • By: Peter Mansfield
  • Narrated by: Richard Brown
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

In this masterly work of synthesis, Peter Mansfield, drawing on his experience as a journalist and a historian, explores two centuries of history in the Middle East. He forms a picture of the historical, political, and social history of the meeting point of Occident and Orient, from Bonaparte's marauding invasion of Egypt to the start of the Gulf War. For more than four thousand years, the Middle East has provided a setting for titanic struggles between great civilizations and religions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • am i the only one who liked this?

  • By Colin on 03-24-03

Great for insomnia . . . and nothing else.

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Reviewed: 08-23-15

Would you try another book from Peter Mansfield and/or Richard Brown?


What was most disappointing about Peter Mansfield’s story?

Just plain dry.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Brown’s performances?

No. Dear god, no. Nononononono. Where did they find this guy, the basement of the history department at Oxford, falling asleep into his Earl Grey?

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

They'd never find a producer that stupid.

Any additional comments?

I mean, it's a great summary of the history of the region, but the text is about as dry as you can get, and, as I said, this narrator is pretty much every stereotypical boring professor you've seen in a movie and then some. I didn't even know there were still people alive who spoke like this guy.