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Author: Simon Winchester Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461812944
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Award-winning journalist and author Simon Winchester takes readers on a personal tour of the Balkans. Combining history and interviews with the people who live there, Winchester offers a fascinating glimpse into the complex issues at work in this chaotic region. Unrest in the Balkans has gone on for centuries. A seasoned reporter, Winchester visited the region twenty years ago. When Kosovo reached crisis level in 1997, Winchester thought a return visit to the beleaguered area would help to make sense out of the awful violence. He decided to use Vienna and Istanbul, two great cities whose rivalries helped create the dynamics at work today, as the beginning and end points of his trip. Not specifically a book about war, it is more a portrait of a place and its people in turmoil. Simon Winchester offers an insightful look at a little understood conflict. Steven Crossley's masterful narration will make listeners feel as if they have entered the combat zone.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ole | 11/24/2013

    " This to me was a disappointment. The author has produced better and more convincing work, the appears almost like an attempt to cash in on a then popular subject, the Balkans and the mess it was. I only gave it two stars because it does come with some interesting bits and pieces... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 9/14/2013

    " If you are on your way to the Balkans, as we are, this makes even more depressing reading than it would otherwise.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 2/25/2013

    " Travelogue from 1999. The Kosovo Crisis provides the backdrop for a patchwork set of sketches from Vienna to Istanbul trying the explore the underlying drivers of the Balkan conflict. Probably a bit dated by now, but still capable of providing interesting new perspectives "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/12/2012

    " Interesting travel narrative of a trip through the Balkan peninsula during the Kosovo war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 9/25/2012

    " Read this while I was traveling through Croatia. Helped put everything I saw in context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 9/9/2012

    " I didn't know anything about the Balkans so I picked up this book. It helped, but it only gives a taste for what the area is all about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren | 9/2/2012

    " Part historical perspective, part travel diary. Winchester describes some of the issues and attitudes that have shaped the Balkans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellis | 5/2/2012

    " What a mess in the Balkans... "

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa—all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006 Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire by her Majesty the Queen. He lives in Manhattan and in western Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.