The Fracture Zone

  • by Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning journalist and author Simon Winchester takes readers on a personal tour of the Balkans. Combining history and interviews with the people who live there, Winchester offers a fascinating glimpse into the complex issues at work in this chaotic region. Unrest in the Balkans has gone on for centuries. A seasoned reporter, Winchester visited the region twenty years ago. When Kosovo reached crisis level in 1997, Winchester thought a return visit to the beleaguered area would help to make sense out of the awful violence. He decided to use Vienna and Istanbul, two great cities whose rivalries helped create the dynamics at work today, as the beginning and end points of his trip. Not specifically a book about war, it is more a portrait of a place and its people in turmoil. Simon Winchester offers an insightful look at a little understood conflict. Steven Crossley’s masterful narration will make listeners feel as if they have entered the combat zone.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Almost good

The narration was exceptionally good.
The writing was good but it conveyed the Eurocentric and racist instincts of the author. There is plenty of poverty and squalor in Europe; one needs to look around without biases.

There was no mention of Macedonia or Herzegovina. Aren't they Balkan states as well?
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- Marathon Man

Loved this-Great combo:Story and History Explained

Would you listen to The Fracture Zone again? Why?

Probably not as I don't typically listen to books like this again, but it was very interesting and informative.

What did you like best about this story?

Was looking for an audio book that gave me a framework of the issues in the Balkans and this does so within the structure of an interesting and entertaining story so wasn't as dry as a history text.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite was actually how he sprinkled in the historical background within the scenes, so you learned while you were entertained.

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

All of the unnecessary violence was upsetting but informative.

Any additional comments?

Was just really pleasantly surprised with this book. Figured I'd pick up on some history through an adventure travel type of story but really got both in a great way. Really happy with this book.

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- Jeremy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books