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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Kurlansky Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9781461811077
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Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has drawn enthusiastic praise for his books, which are sharply-focused studies as well as glorious celebrations of their subjects. In The Basque History of the World, he turns his eye toward Europe's oldest surviving culture-a culture as mysterious as it is fascinating. Settled in the western Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain, the Basque nation is not drawn on maps and the origin of their forbidden language has never been discovered. Yet, Basques appear to predate all other cultures in Europe, with many significant global contributions to their credit. Most notably, one of their own took command after Magellan's death and was the first person to circumnavigate the globe. This informative book is full of lively anecdotes that illuminate an otherwise obscure culture. Narrator George Guidall rises to the challenge of the text, which includes many Basque terms, and interprets beautifully. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/12/2014

    " Kurlansky does for Basque culture what he did for Cod. Very food-centered as you would expect from Kurlansky. Interesting perspective on ETA. The best line "The best times in life are the first year of marriage and the week you kill the pig." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam | 2/11/2014

    " This is a good book. There are not that many books in English about the Basque country but I feel Paddy Woodworths book is much more nuanced and modern. The University of Nevada, Reno also has a good selection of titles in English "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thorn | 2/7/2014

    " this book would certainly have been more enjoyable had i read it with my eyes rather than my ears. the reader was just fine; the text just a little too dense in places for spoken-word interpretation. but it was interesting enough that i may pick it up in print at some point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ebnewberry Newberry | 2/6/2014

    " The Basque people are fascinating and Mark Kurlansky makes the history of this enigmatic "nation" even more fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 thos. | 1/26/2014

    " this was a disappointment for me. i thought it was going to be full of revelations about the basque popping up to influence events at pivotal moments in history, or perhaps the book would be a catalog of the basque political or industrial contributions to the world. instead, it was just a list of events that you'd expect to find in any book about anyone. like most of mark kurlansky's books, and many potboiler 'histories' of the recent past, however, it needed a sensational, gimmicky title. if it just was titled, a history of the basque, it would have been closer to ideal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacob | 1/19/2014

    " And now i know something about the Basques. Mark Kurlansky is very biased in his appreciation of the people-they can do no wrong. At the book's best it is informational, but the reader must weed through the author's opinions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel | 1/16/2014

    " Incredibly interesting view of the history of the Basques. This should be read as an opinion piece though and not as a textbook containing pure unbiased facts. I also love how Kurlansky has included recipes of traditional Basque dishes in there as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia Gross | 1/5/2014

    " I love Kurlansky's writing and this was very interesting. However, I definitely connected more with the food parts of the book, rather than the history bits. It is very rapid-fire as far as facts and names, etc. Good introduction to this long-suffering region. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 12/15/2013

    " i never finished this because i had to give it back to the guy at the pub who lent it to me. the first half was pretty good but not good enough for me to go and buy my own copy and finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/12/2013

    " A very interesting account of the Basque people although it is strictly limited to the Basque country in France or Spain. A chapter on Basque emigration to the United States and other parts of the world would have been interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Torie | 11/22/2013

    " Super interesting and had me thinking a lot about issues of nationalism, culture, and history. It also seemed to lay bare one perspective of the damaged psyche of Spain, which is an interesting context to think about the ways that we glorify its past in Southern California. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 suzy | 9/29/2012

    " Super-interesting, especially if you've got a bit of Basque in you and have always wondered... I read it a tad too quickly last summer, therefore retaining little actual knowledge, so I'm popping it right back onto my to-read list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smoovp | 8/25/2012

    " Loved this book. It made the Basque region of Northern Spain/Southern France #1 on my list of places I want to visit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen M. | 6/13/2012

    " Well written and interesting book about the Basques of Spain and France. There was also quite a bit of general Spanish history, which I enjoyed. I found this easy to read and the flow was good (unlike other books on Spain that I've tried to read). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 6/1/2012

    " Reading Kurlansky's work is great. It stays on track and gives you the meat near the bone. Included with the main story are numerous morsels that help drag the reader through the inescapable dry parts. Should be required high school reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Laben | 9/22/2011

    " A strong entry from Kurlansky, who uses an obscure subject and an unconventional structure to create a book that is satisfyingly focused while still communicating a vast amount of information, from cod fishing to the Spanish Civil War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 9/7/2011

    " Marianne gave 5 stars; Osho/Shoshanna gave 4 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 7/20/2011

    " Great book, the author follows the history of the Basques, providing fascinating color of their culture and identity "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 5/29/2011

    " Excellent book. Great mix of history and story. If all you've ever heard about the Basque people concerns terrorism, this is a book you should read. GIves an immense context for a people without a nation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smoovp | 4/18/2011

    " Loved this book. It made the Basque region of Northern Spain/Southern France #1 on my list of places I want to visit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 12/28/2010

    " Fascinating read, and, albeit jumpy in places, one of the most interesting history books I've ever read. Now I just have to learn Euskera! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aspasia | 12/5/2010

    " Kurlansky summarizes Basque history for those unfamiliar with this mysterious group of Iberian peninsula residents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scotty | 12/2/2010

    " i'd had two false starts with kurlansky in the past, so after finishing this book, i've come to the conclusion that he's just a sh*tty writer. he can't stay on point. he takes on amazing subjects and executes them poorly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/1/2010

    " Another Kurlansky book...I got through this one, although I gave up on "Cod". Now I definitely want to visit Basqueland! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jmurray | 11/5/2010

    " The most political/historical of Kurlansky's books so far. Not quite as fun & fast as 'salt, 'cod','oysters'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 9/13/2010

    " audio
    I am learning about a people who have no homeland
    quite interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/27/2010

    " An interesting history of the Basques, peppered with recipes which make it a bit quirky. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Kurlansky

Marl Kurlansky is a highly-acclaimed American journalist and writer of general interest nonfiction, including The Big Oyster. He is especially known for titles on eclectic topics. His 1997 book Cod was an international bestseller and was translated into more than fifteen languages.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.