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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)

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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.

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Outdated and no storyline.

As a Travelogue it is out of date to the modern reader.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 This is an outdated observation list by a great author and reminds me of boring high school history classes taught in the 1970s.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.

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Great history

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Fabulous preparation for my trip to Spain!

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

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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.

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Great read!

James Michener is always a great joy to read and Larry McKeever does a wonderful narration!

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