• Cambodia

  • Report From a Stricken Land
  • By: Henry Kamm
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Asia
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Based on his observations over three decades, Henry Kamm, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Southeast Asia correspondent, unravels the complexities of Cambodia. Kamm's invaluable document - a factual and personal account of its troubled history - gives the Western listener the first clear understanding of this magic land's past and present.

©1998, 2011 Henry Kamm (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A Solid Introduction, but Somewhat Dated

This book is an engaging and informative look at Cambodia's history, which provides, at its beginning, a quick timeline of the region's pre-modern history before delving into the bloody years of the later 20th century that made the very name of Cambodia synonymous with unspeakable brutality.
The author was an NYT correspondent, and had in his youth experienced some of the Nazi terror, a fact which he mentions a few times in passing. Such an interesting perspective almost makes me wish he had abandoned some of his journalistic impartiality and brought more of himself into the story, but in general his detachment serves him well.
The book suffers a bit from the fact that it is now almost 20 years old -- it was written as a contemporary history, and thus is due for an update. It also suffers for being seemingly the only history of Cambodia available on audible, something which I hope will be rectified soon. It is a short book, and as such is not as detailed as it could be.
I don't agree with another reviewer who claims it doesn't work well as an audiobook; it works as well as any history book, and requires some concentration; I wouldn't listen to it while driving, for instance.
Walter Dixon's performance suits the tone of the writing very well. I think both would have benefitted from a bit more emotional range, but their measured and objective styles are well suited to each other.

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What an amazing book

visited Cambodia and this book allowed me to have a very open view on both historical and cultural background of the country... so pleased that I had this book before going...

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Best book about the Khmer Rouge and Cambodia

This is the best and most comprehensive telling of the horrors of the Khmer Rouge that I have found. It really helps convey the depths of destruction brought upon the country.

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He pronounced Khmer wrong the entire time and it drove me insane. You’d think someone who spent so much time in Cambodia would have it pronounced properly in their audiobook

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Good if aging material

Well written scholarly work that dives into the horrors of the Khmer Rouge and the history both before and since it’s reign in Cambodia. This book is a bit older so is starting to show its age by some of the events that are treated as relatively contemporary but the author has access to some sources and personal knowledge that make his perspective worthwhile. As for the performance, this is the second or third book I’ve come across by this reader and have no complaints, especially in a more formal/professional toned book like this.

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Doesn't work well as an audiobook

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. The book was written as more of a history and less as prose. The result is that it doesn't flow well when read aloud.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cambodia?

Prince Sihanouk's ability to always switch to the winning side.

What three words best describe Walter Dixon’s performance?

Limited by material

Did Cambodia inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

I thought the book was fantastic and thought it might be fun to listen to it on a trip because I'd been meaning to read it again. While the book is fantastic, as an audiobook, it is disappointing.