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THE FOURTH PART OF THE WORLD The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America Its Name

by | Read by Peter Jay Fernandez

Contemporary Culture • 15.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2009

The limits of the audiobook form are severely tested by Lester's history of mapmaking and the European exploration of the globe during the Renaissance. The printed text is richly illustrated with maps and diagrams. It's a tribute to both the lucidity of Lester's writing and the authority of Peter Jay Fernandez's delivery that this is one of the season's most absorbing and satisfying audio experiences. Fernandez maintains a firm, clear narrative line throughout this expansive history, which compresses centuries of exploration and dozens of familiar and unfamiliar names. Reading the text, you'd think nothing could replace the sight of the illustrations; but hearing it read, you'll agree that nothing can replace the sound of the names, the ships and cities, the instruments and doctrines from centuries past. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2009]



Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2009

CS ISBN 9781440731747 $113.75 • Fourteen cassettes

CD ISBN 9781440731754 $123.75 • Fourteen CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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