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.
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.
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.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
This book probably contain interesting facts of the history of Colombia. However, the narrative with fake audio-captions (read out letters and speeches for instance) made this almost impossible to listen to. Despite me really wanting to learn more about the history I came away with very limited knowledge. Reading the book might have been a 3-star (impossible to judge), but with this narrative a clear 1-star, it is difficult to accurately evaluate that...
Would you be willing to try another one of Richard C. Hottelet’s performances?