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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Kurlansky Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2002 ISBN:
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The singular remarkable fact about the Basques is that they still exist, best selling author Mark Kurlansky says. The Basque people truly believe they should live in their own private country. This book includes their entire history, from their political and war involvement, to culinary taste, to economic and social life.

Inhabiting the small corner where France meets Spain, the Basque speak their own language, Euskera. Evidence of their culture showed up as early as 218 BC, and now, with a population of 2.4 million, their influence on our world has been all-pervasive. Listeners will be enthralled as Kurlansky delves into the roots of an intriguing population, and shows us why they continue. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 2/1/2014

    " This book was so interesting. I had no idea the Basque were behind so much of history and economics. There are many Basque that live here in Idaho and so I was interested in learning more about them. This was just the right book for that! Was written in an interesting way and left me very impressed with this people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel Bass | 1/28/2014

    " Disjointed but fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smoovp | 1/28/2014

    " 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 Rachelle | 1/21/2014

    " Fascinating history - so much I didn't know "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark Knowles | 1/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. Mark | 1/20/2014

    " One of those books that draws you over with its beautiful cover. I saw it and thought, "Yea. What about those Basques?" I've heard about them forever, knew that they were unlike any other Europeans in culture and language. Here was my chance to clarify, and I'm glad I took it. A fascinating and enlightening read from the man who brought you the histories of both Cod and Salt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/12/2014

    " Fascinating history of a group I knew little about. The Basques gave us whaling, cod fishing and the Jesuits! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacob | 1/11/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rrlgrrl | 1/9/2014

    " I picked up this book randomly, and since it is also written by the author who wrote "Salt", I figured it would be a good narrative read. I was a little disappointed that more of the Basque culture was not written up and that many of the chapters were heavy on the Basque political scene. It would have been nice to read more about their cuisine, customs, folklore/beliefs, and general differences from the Spanish and French. However, I can understand why about a third of the book was about politics. The chapters on the early and medieval history of the Basque were quite interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke Everett | 1/4/2014

    " I read the chapters and sections that interested me (food, jai alai, cod, etc.) and skimmed the rest. A great overview. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miguel Centellas | 12/12/2013

    " This is a great little book from the author of "Cod" and "Salt" that focuses on a people, rather than a commodity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pancha | 12/7/2013

    " An interesting book, and Kurlasky is a great non-fiction writer, but this wasn't as captivating to me as his other books (Salt, Oysters). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 suzy | 12/6/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/19/2013

    " 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 Linda | 10/30/2013

    " Not a bad book but "facts" are presented with a bias. I got halfway through it, and another book on Basque history, before visiting the region. It was a great trip and it is definitely worthwhile to learn about the Basque. I may yet finish the other book, which is more objective that this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 10/28/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 5/22/2013

    " I'd secretly hoped he'd dig a little deeper into the language and the sociology, but I imagine it would've crawled even then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Rogers | 4/30/2013

    " Fantastic read. A trove of information, with an accessible narrative. My curiosity about the Basque people has been ignited. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Parag | 12/4/2012

    " Did you know that Euskera isn't related to any other language in the world? Strongly recommend this to anyone interested in learning about a truly unique people... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kama | 8/9/2012

    " Not my favorite of his but still enlightening and entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 6/29/2012

    " How can you make the Basques boring? Despite keen interst, I couldn't finish this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caela | 6/13/2012

    " I'm Basque...so I loved it. "

  • 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 KurlanskyMark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award—winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, and The Basque History of the World, as well as Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue (his debut novel), and several other books.
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.