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New from the number-one Sunday Times best-selling author of Prisoners of Geography

We feel more divided than ever. This riveting analysis tells you why. Walls are going up. Nationalism and identity politics are on the rise once more. Thousands of miles of fences and barriers have been erected in the past 10 years, and they are redefining our political landscape. 

There are many reasons why we erect walls, because we are divided in many ways: wealth, race, religion, politics. In Europe the ruptures of the past decade threaten not only European unity but, in some countries, liberal democracy itself. In China, the Party's need to contain the divisions wrought by capitalism will define the nation's future. In the USA the rationale for the Mexican border wall taps in to the fear that the USA will no longer be a white majority country in the course of this century. 

Understanding what has divided us, past and present, is essential to understanding much of what's going on in the world today. Covering China; the USA; Israel and Palestine; the Middle East; the Indian Subcontinent; Africa; and Europe and the UK, best-selling author Tim Marshall presents a gripping and unflinching analysis of the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come. 

©2018 Tim Marshall (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Good book undermined by obtrusive narration

I like Tim Marshall’s work and this book is no exception. An excellent tour through modern geopolitics that deals with pressing issues. Ric Jerrom’s tiresome narration has already undermined one audible purchase this year, and he almost makes a mess of this one too. Too many unnecessary accents, odd emphases. When I heard his voice on the book my heart sank, but the high quality content got me through it in three days. More Tim please, less Ric though!

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Strong overview

The rather opinionated tone of the narrator impacted on the attempt to be even handed in this book. A well researched and insightful analysis of the pros and cons and causes of barriers.

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Audio not loud enough

Good book, very enjoyable but the audio needs to be louder in order to make the listen a more pleasant experience. Especially when outside as the background noise drowns our the audio even at full volume

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Dreadful narration - ruined book

I read the kindle version of Tim’s book on Brexit. Wonderfully gripping. So looked forward to this . The worst narration, imitations and intonation I have ever heard means I can’t finish this book. I would demand a refund if I knew how.

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Interesting book but marred by performance

The content of the book is very interesting and provides some additional context to the various walls and barriers around the world and the ideology behind them.
I don't often write reviews but I am in this case because of Ric's performance. His normal reading tone is fine and actually quite enjoyable as a knowledgeable voice but the accents he puts on are so jarring as to put me off finishing the book. It's like nails on a chalkboard and part of me wonders if it was an attempt to show his range as a voice actor or maybe he was asked to do the accents. Either way, it detracts massively from the book and is just cringe worthy. Big shame really.

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super educational

This book provides a splendid breakdown of the physical, and invisible walls that exist in different regions across the globe. Some you won't be familiar with outside of country names, and some are much closer to home - a great read and very informative

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Interesting points but clumsy, grating accents

Thoroughly enjoyed Tim Marshall’s ‘prisoners of geography’ and ‘shadowplay’.

Enjoyed this audiobook apart from the American and Northern Ireland chapters - as other reviewers have said the accents in these chapters are unnecessary and jolting - I finished the USA chapter with gritted teeth but I’m glad I carried on. When the narrator isn’t doing accents, he was great and very easy to listen to.

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Good overview, not so good performance

Interesting book, gives you a good outlook and update about our troubled world. Not as good as the masterpiece Prisoners of Geography, but well worth reading. Special thanks for the chapter about the UK and Brexit.

Not a fan of the narrator though. I couldn't finish some of the chapters since he "reads" big parts in homemade, strange and very annoying accents - the "American" attempt is probably worst, but the Moosslim, Frrrench, German (aachh) and Irish are hilarious too and makes it hard to focus on Marshall's well written and serious book.

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More brilliantly incisive insights

Tim Marshall writes wonderfully about the political and social world we live in, providing many lightbulb moments. This book perhaps less than his superb 'Prisoners of Geography ', but still an important read.

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An explosion of modern knowledge !

Perfect insight into the modern world and how borders have shaped the world we live in

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