Library Ed. Recorded Books 2004
CS ISBN 1419302167 $109.75 Eleven cassettes
CD ISBN 1419302183 $119.75/ $18.50(R) Thirteen CDs
DD ISBN $24.49
Based on newly translated archives, Shorto tells the story of the Dutch settlement of Manhattan in great detail, including all the European back story, through the English takeover. Unfortunately, the book is as overwritten (sometimes comically) as the title is overblown. L.J. Ganser's voice--sharp-edged, harsh, and nasal--takes a long time to get used to. His pronunciations of foreign words is awkward and strained (especially the frequent Dutch). But the wealth of information and the cogent, if repetitive, arguments for the influence of this cosmopolitan, multicultural, liberal colony on the future U.S. outweigh the faults of the book and the reading. W.M. 2005 Audie Award Winner © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 05]
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