After reading transcripts of Kissinger's 1971 conversations with Zhou En Lai, I was very much looking forward to listening to more extensive excerpts. I found the reader's affected german accent so distracting, however, that I stopped listening to the recording, and returned to reading hardcopy.
The material, however, I found to be an invaluable source of insight into the foreign policy of the cold war. I would advise anyone with an interest to listen to the audiobook, especially if they are not inclined to read hardcopy, and don't at all mind listening to annoying fake accents.
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Superb audible recording. Majestic reproduction of some of the most secretive and high stakes diplomacy of recent times. Fascinating and controversial if you know your recent modern history and some of the main protagonists. The real gem is the theatrical reproduction of the voices of Kissinger and others. Doesn't distract only adds to the power of this unique set of transcripts. Form of time travel leaving you with the feeling you're part of Kissinger's entourage. A must listen for young and old.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would for the history.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kissinger Transcripts?
Kissinger's first meeting with Mao himself.
What about Theodore Bikel and Richard Gilliland ’s performance did you like?
The excellent accents. Makes things feel more real.
If you could give The Kissinger Transcripts a new subtitle, what would it be?
The Beijing and Moscow conferences.
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