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by | Read by William Dufris

History • 17.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

Digging a waterway between the seas took decades, cost thousands of lives, sent France into bankruptcy, and made some men either famous or infamous. Parker's reliance on the work of previous Panama Canal historians--as indicated by the thousands of quotes in this work--causes havoc with its narration. To set the quotes apart, narrator William Dufris begins them with a pause in mid-sentence, thereby breaking his cadence with a frequency that becomes annoying. And since the failed French attempt fills a third of Parker's history, the producers should have found a reader who can pronounce the numerous French names and phrases better than an unstudied American. Dufris's most enjoyable trait is a taciturn voice that speaks at a comfortable pace. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2008]



Trade Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America • 2008

CD ISBN 978-1602833562 $39.95 • Fourteen CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • BBC Audiobooks America • 2008

CD ISBN 978-0792752639 $115.95 • Fourteen CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 978-0-7927-5331-5 $69.95 • Two MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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