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4 out of 5 stars
By JayJay on 01-07-15

Shedding light on a complex and secretive sect.

What made the experience of listening to Taliban the most enjoyable?

The story of the Taliban is a complex mix of ethnic and sectarian divisions. Their extreme view of Islam is at odds with one of their major sources of money - the heroin trade. This is just one of many contradictions that Rashid explains in this fact laden book.

What did you like best about this story?

In the last chapter Rashid gives an insightful analysis of the consequences the Taliban rule has inflicted not only on Afghanistan but the region.

The book ends pre 9/11 and the coalition invasion of Afghanistan so his analysis of these more recent events would be interesting. Perhaps the subject of a future work?

What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

McCaddon manages the pronunciation of the many foreign names expertly, however I would recommend she stays clear of American accents!

That said, I cannot agree with an early review that described her performance as "mono tone information".I thought her performance was well paced and lively.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The list of rules governing the behaviour of women, issued by the Taliban when they took Kabul, is chillingly Orwellian.

I can't begin to comprehend what day-to-day life must be like for the ordinary Afghani.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Rhian on 02-18-14

Sorry I didn't finish the whole audible ...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

alot of information for research but not for general listerning.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ahmed Rashid again?


What three words best describe Wanda McCaddon’s performance?

mono tone information

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Taliban?

create a flow

Any additional comments?

I would buy this as a hard back book so I could stop and absorb information as it came. It was to much factual information for general listerning (for my little brain)

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4 out of 5 stars
By KennethO'Rourke on 05-26-16

Essential for those interested in the region.

Essential for those interested in the region. Heavily laden with geographicical and political reference which makes it harder to listen to, (especially in the car) without access to a laptop or map to reference. A must read.

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