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Exterminate All the Brutes

 

Written by: Sven Lindqvist
Narrated by: Melissa Todd
Genres: History
Published: 15th of June, 2021
Length: 4 Hours 50 Minutes

 

 

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Exterminate All the Brutes, Sven Lindqvist’s widely acclaimed masterpiece, is a searching examination of Europe’s dark history in Africa and the origins of genocide. Using Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as his point of departure, the award-winning Swedish author takes us on a haunting tour through the colonial past, interwoven with a modern-day travelogue. Retracing the steps of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late 18th century onward, Exterminate All the Brutes exposes the roots of genocide in Africa through Lindqvist’s own journey through the Saharan desert. As he shows, fantasies not merely of white superiority but of actual extermination - “cleansing” the earth of the so-called lesser races - deeply informed the colonialism and racist ideology that ultimately culminated in Europe’s own Holocaust.

Conquerors’ stories are the ones that inform the self-mythology of the West - whereas the lives and stories of those displaced, enslaved, or killed are too often ignored and forgotten. Exterminate All the Brutes forces a crucial reckoning with a past that still echoes in our collective psyche - a reckoning that compels us to acknowledge the exploitation and brutality at the heart of our modern, globalized society. As Adam Hochschild has written, “Lindqvist’s work leaves you changed.”

 

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Reviewed: 2021-06-17

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I Couldn't Get Through This
Exterminate All the Brutes, written by Sven Lindqvist, is no doubt an important story that needs to be told, but I couldn't get past around chapter 25. The audio production is completely un-edited, filled with tripped up words, long pauses, multiple retakes, and other things that should have been edited out before publishing.

The narrator, Melissa Todd, has a pleasant voice to listen to but has been severely let down by no post-production cleanup to remove the errors. It's hard to rate a performance based on what has been delivered with this book, but I think with better quality control Todd's narration would have been suitable.



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How this book passed Audible's quality controls is beyond me.


I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.

 

 

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