Colombia and Panama

  • by Joseph Stromberg
  • Narrated by Richard C. Hottelet
  • 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Colombia in the 1980s became known for its role in the illegal drug trade, and for political instability and violence caused by this problem. But much of this is a recent development in Colombia's history that began in the 1530s, when Spain conquered local Indian kingdoms. This is the story of how Spain's "new Granada" evolved into Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama, and modern Colombia. The World's Political Hot Spots series explains the basis of conflicts in some of the world's most politically sensitive areas. Many of these regions are in today's headlines, and tensions recently have become violent in virtually all of them. Each presentation covers up to 10 centuries of background, revealing how and why today's problems occur.

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A good outline for further study

What did you love best about Colombia and Panama?

The program covers a tremendous amount of history in just under three hours. While it did not make me an expert, it gave me a feel for the topic and some ideas for further study.


What did you like best about this story?

The quotes and character voices, while sometimes a bit comical, helped me keep the characters straight while I was listening. My attention did not drift much.


What does Richard C. Hottelet bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The dynamic reading maintained my attention; I listened to this while walking to work in the mornings over a period of three days. The emphasis the narrator used helped me stay focused.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had three hours to dedicate to it, it would be ideal for a single sitting.


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- Timothy Allen

High school book report

What would have made Colombia and Panama better?

Deeper analysis, fewer block quotes.


What could Joseph Stromberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More historical context and development of the themes.


What didn’t you like about Richard C. Hottelet’s performance?

Performance involved reading block quotes with various accents. The accents were somewhat comical, and the passionate reading made everything sound like a made for TV teen movie.


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- Alexander Reid

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-24-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.