Iberia

Narrated by: Larry McKeever
Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: History, Europe
3.5 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

Audible membership

$14.95 a month

Free with a 30-day trial
1 audiobook of your choice.
A monthly selection of Audible Originals.
$14.95 a month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $48.95

Buy for $48.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. Iberia is Michener's enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards; he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer.

©2015 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities." ( The New York Times)
"Massive, beautiful...unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject." ( The Wall Street Journal)
"A dazzling panorama...one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory." ( Saturday Review)

What listeners say about Iberia

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    63
  • 4 Stars
    56
  • 3 Stars
    40
  • 2 Stars
    18
  • 1 Stars
    14
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    62
  • 4 Stars
    53
  • 3 Stars
    29
  • 2 Stars
    13
  • 1 Stars
    10
Story
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    58
  • 4 Stars
    38
  • 3 Stars
    40
  • 2 Stars
    15
  • 1 Stars
    17

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Michener's Masterpiece

Michener's masterpiece takes the reader through an epic journey through Iberian history and experience. Iberia is a must read for any history enthusiast.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great history

Listened to this book before an 8-day trip to Spain. Helped a lot. Lots of great backstory on history of Spain.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Outdated and no storyline.

As a Travelogue it is out of date to the modern reader. There were some interesting tidbits along the way but this book is not why most readers pick up a Michener book....To be carried away with a storyline that reveals history. This is an outdated observation list by a great author and reminds me of boring high school history classes taught in the 1970s. I love the authors other books and read this one too help me understand Spain because I am living in Spain for a couple of years and wanted to know if it's past and how it effects the present. With no storyline I was left with a list of events that took place and his opinion or his observation of someone else's opinion. Too much time needed to read it (listen) to be worthwhile in my opinion.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

So so.

This is a travel journal from the mid-1960’s. Had a hard time relating to it as I wondered how different Spain must be today. Love Michener though and plan to give another go.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Slow speaker had to turn it up to 2.0 for it to enter my faced paced brain

Book was superb. Speaker was slow. Had to speed it up in order to stay awake on the road

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

slow is an euphemism

read poorly it is also the worse Michener’s book I read. Slow and boring, the speaker adds to the dispear of the book.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous preparation for my trip to Spain!

Recommend it highly!! Very detailed and interesting. A newcomer would never know Spain like this.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Disappointed

I love Michener and Larry McKeever but I was disappointed to discover Iberia was more a Travelogue of Spain. I wanted story lines and Michener characters.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Old ways of Spain

This book gives you a view of Spain and the way it used be 60 years ago. It is a great description of the old ways and maybe still new ways of this beautiful country. However, I should have read how old it was before I bought it.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Stilted delivery, truly dated content

What did you like best about Iberia? What did you like least?

I read other books by Michener long ago (_Hawaii_ is the only one I can recall) and thought his mode of really digging into a locale's formation and development was really interesting and engaging. I'm going to Spain and thought Michener's approach might inform our trip. I've never _listened_ to one of his books but audio often works for me for dry content. Here, though, the narrator sounds like he is reading and it's distracting. Also the time frame in which the work is set starts after WWII and the material does not age well. "A woman's slip, four dollars in America" is a sample (slightly paraphrased) statement. It's jarring. As to insight into what the culture of Spain is like _now_, I have zero confidence I'd find it in this book. I've listened to the first chapter and have no interest in continuing on.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something more interesting and relevant, I fervently hope. I'll probably go back to fiction.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He had an old fashioned sound to his voice, if that makes sense. Maybe it was his accent or his style of reading. It was ponderous.

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

Nope.

Any additional comments?

It's the author's (and the narrator's) job to pull me in and pull me along. I am no longer interested or willing to work hard at extracting content from a book. I'm not a philistine, but there are millions of books out there, and I only have so much time.

5 people found this helpful