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Biography & Memoir

CROSSING THE CONTINENT 1527-1540 The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South

by | Read by Simon Prebble

Biography & Memoir • 12 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

The author admits that much of his story about the Spaniards crossing North America in the sixteenth century comes from apocryphal accounts. His writing includes many worthwhile lessons on how he located old sources and attempted to extract the facts from them. His flowery and wordy prose adds generous color to a story of much starvation, disease, and death. Like the author, narrator Simon Prebble is British, and employs an accent and pronunciations foreign to many American ears. His pristine English and skill at narration have won him many AUDIOFILE Earphones Awards, but his inept Spanish deserves no praise. This may matter little to most listeners, but one wonders why a reader without spanish-language skills would be selected for an audiobook all about Spain and Mexico. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2008]



Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400109722 $34.99 • Ten CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781400159727 $24.99 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2008

CD ISBN 9781400139729 $69.99 • Ten CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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