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In this enormously insightful book, correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban, the world’s most extreme and radical Islamic organization, into sharp focus. He explains the Taliban’s rise to power, its impact on Afghanistan and the region, its role in oil and gas company decisions, and the effects of changing American attitudes toward the Taliban. He also describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism.

©2000 Ahmed Rashid (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jeff
  • 06/10/2013

If We'd Only Listened!

Would you listen to Taliban again? Why?

Taliban is definetely an audiobook that demands at least two listens. Its easy to get lost with all the places people and events that are discussed in this work. I almost felt like I needed a detailed map of Central Asia in my hand to grasp what the author was trying to convey.

What about Wanda McCaddon’s performance did you like?

Is this really Wanda McCaddon? Why does she sound exactly like Nadia May? Anyway, whoever the narrator was she did a fantastic job. She has obviously spent a considerable amount of time learning how to correctly pronounce Arabic and Turkik propper nouns. Her professional and journalistic tone also added much to this presentation. My only complaint was that she tended to brutalize pronunciation of the few Chinese place names mentioned in this book, a very minor flaw.

Any additional comments?

This book was published in the year before 9/11, so its already quite dated considering everything that's transpired in the Middle East and Central Asia since then. That being said Mr Rashid's warnings about the coming era of international terrorism as a consequence of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan seem almost prophetic. Looking back, if we hadn't been so concerned with keeping Iran and Russia in check at all costs, and had instead taken good care of the people that WON THE COLD WAR FOR US the Taliban probably wouldn't have been able to come to power and Osama Bin Laden and others like him wouldn't have had a haven to run to.

It was really intersting to learn about the humble beginnings of the movement as well has how Taliban doctrine differes from other Islamic sects. The detailed history of Central Asia was also informative. It seems cruelly ironic that a group of Afghans born, raised and imbued with radical Islam in Pakistan, would return to conquer and rule their ancestrial homeland, a place they didn't really understand.

The apendix at the end which included original translations of Taliban decrees was a priceless resource. The original interviews and with players on all sides of the pre-2001 Afghanistan conflict also provided great insight. This is definetely a book with years of field experience behind it and is an excellent tool to understanding area polics even today.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 02/03/2021

Error with playback

The playback stopped at chapter seven. Couldn't restart or continue. It's a real shame because I was really enjoying the book.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Padmaja Akkapeddi
  • 09/12/2020

Better narrator ?

While I have read this author‘s works, I wish the audiobook publishers would find narrators who do not mangle people’s and place names. The experience was totally cringeworthy - there are resources on the Internet.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Robin
  • 29/09/2016

Interesting

Although this was interesting, you have to read many sources of Afghanistan history, and go see it for yourself.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 18/07/2021

Educational and well performed, made more difficult to follow by its chronology

A very informative book on the topic and it brings up a lot of history that people should know prior to passing judgements on modern Afghanistan. The performance is good if a tiny bit dry. The organization of the book is a bit tough to follow as it does not follow a strict chronology but hops back and forth throughout mostly the late nineties as it covers different topics.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Big man
  • 12/05/2021

a tough follow

repeats the same information over and over again several chapters focus on th4 same event narrators voice is very stale

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris
  • 19/10/2020

Very informative

No performance here. This is strictly a history of the area. It is very informative and interesting.

  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 16/10/2020

Very misleading

In a book entitled “Taliban” the author discusses Iran, the US, drug trade, sheep, etc. Apparently, just about everything with the exception of focusing on the Taliban. Tactics, command structure, ideology, etc just briefly touched upon. Would not receive

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ridge C. Anderson
  • 16/06/2020

Great, but not the latest edition

This audiobook is missing the newest chapter and preface added in the updated second edition of the book. I personally found this chapter to be the best in the book. It’s only about 30 pages though, so I just listened to the audiobook, then read the last chapter in paperback.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ash
  • 30/11/2019

Very Good

Great content and the narrator did a great job. Slight criticism of the author was that he kept on referring to Turkmenistan as a “land locked” country which it isn’t !!

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • JayJay
  • 07/01/2015

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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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • I C Jones
  • 10/12/2020

Poor

I have read a lot about the war in Afghanistan and the history of the country. I was hoping that this author would provide a different insight. However I found the book to be a poor addition to the canon of literature of the region. It describes, Prince Tarkei, General Gul and Osama Bin Laden as becoming friends. There is no evidence that they ever met together, let alone became good friends (Bin Laden was exiled from Saudi Arabia). In addition the thesis around oil is outmoded, There was a time that there were discussions about pipelines across Afghanistan to carry oil, but they were abandoned. To suggest that it was a strong motivation in the war is a corrupt thesis and belies what we know.

Overall - a disappointment

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • KennethO'Rourke
  • 26/05/2016

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.

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Rhian
  • 18/02/2014

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?

No

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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