• The World That Made New Orleans

  • From Spanish Silver to Congo Square
  • By: Ned Sublette
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Offering a new perspective on the unique cultural influences of New Orleans, this entertaining history captures the soul of the city and reveals its impact on the rest of the nation. Focused on New Orleans' first century of existence, a comprehensive, chronological narrative of the political, cultural, and musical development of Louisiana's early years is presented. This innovative history tracks the important roots of American music back to the swamp town, making clear the effects of centuries-long struggles among France, Spain, and England on the city's unique culture, and the role of the Senegambia, Congo, and Haiti on the making of Afro-Louisiana. The origins of jazz and the city's eclectic musical influences, including the role of the slave trade, are also revealed.

Featuring little known facts about the cultural development of New Orleans - such as the real significance of gumbo, the origins of the tango, and the first appearance of the words vaudeville and voodoo - this rich historical narrative explains how New Orleans' colonial influences shape the city still today.

©2008 Ned Sublette (P)2017 Tantor

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great book; terrible "performance"

Would you try another book from Ned Sublette and/or Sean Crisden?

Would never listen to Sean Crisden again.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Crisden?

The narrator's strained pronunciations and cadences are extremely distracting, almost to the point of being unlistenable; not to mention the inconsistencies in his pronunciations. It's a non-fiction history book, and a straightforward read would be much better.

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Hard to follow. Didn't finish it.

I purchased this for my mother and me. Our plan was to listen to it as we road tripped to New Orleans so we'd arrive knowing know a lot more about the history of the city by the time we got there. Unfortunately, the book was so hard to follow that we gave up on it and picked a different one to listen to after three or four hours of driving and listening.

There were two issues. The guy reading the book swallowed the end of a lot of words, so we often flatly couldn't understand what he was saying. On top of that, the author of the book jumps around from topic to topic and era to era with almost no organization or linear train of thought. Without any logical flow to the information AND missing key percentage of what was said, we just were not learning anything worthwhile or enjoying the experience.

It's a shame because the author clearly knew a lot of interesting information and had done his research, and the speaker had a pleasant voice and a very fitting Southern accent. There's was lot of good there completely negated by lack of coherent editing and enunciation.

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Good book, poor narration

This book is very interesting and informative, but the narrator is difficult to listen to, alternately difficult to follow (he does not read in a natural rhythm) and boring. I had a hard time staying awake. I ultimately bought the book to read myself, and this was a much better experience.

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Say Cuba one more time and I’m going to scream

The story itself could be amazing, but if I wanted a lesson on musical history I’d of bought a book specifically for that purpose. If this author mentions Cuba one more time, I’m going to scream.
The narrator is perfect, and he gets 5 stars, but bro...the story is all over the place.

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Must Read/Listen Book

A book every Louisianian & New Orleanian should read. insightful and provocative knowledge is powerful

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Strong theme of slavery /slave experience

Not really the comprehensive history I was hoping for. Early history was best. Quite a bit of time spent on Haiti me other islands that contributed culture in NOLA. After the start of chapter 18 it became a slavery and music book.

Not really very interesting to prepare for my planned travel to the area. I'll look for another book to prepare me for the visit.

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Just amazing!!

I love this author and how he pieces such a good historical novel of NOLA. Amazing! The performer voice beautiful and southern accent that beautiful accuracy of the Spanish, and French. I only wish the author touched on the Italian in NOLA.Such a great book and great to listen on audibles.

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Great audiobook

One of the best books I’ve listened to. My experience here compares with listening to The Great Courses. I highly recommensd.

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History of New Orleans with Political Views

This is a five star overall review, however, I have a frustration with this white author's characterization of Thomas Jefferson. The author offers conjecture that paints Jefferson as pure evil. He even admits his conclusions are filled with assumptions. He essentially states that if we wish to hear anything good about TJ to read something else. I wanted history, not bias.

This book still needs to be read but with an added sentence or two.

We do need to tell the full story, including all the bad of slavery. He does much of this very well. I wonder how this author and the readers feel about the slaves in China, from whom we depend on our clothes, shoes, iPhones, etc. Even some of us, like Lebron James and Colin Kaepernick, exploit slavery today for personal gain.

Yes, it was a complicated time. Still is.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." Those words by Thomas Jefferson put us on a path to end slavery. America is still the beacon of freedom and individual liberty today across the globe. It's a huge part why New Orleans is such an important place. This part of that chapter was untold. TJ was as flawed as any of us.

I highly enjoyed learning deeper about colonial France, Spain and England, slavery, Native Americans, Mardi Gras Indians, the relationships with the Carribean, particularly Hispanola and Cuba, Congo Square, Creoles and the free people of color, and music. It seems economics drives most decision in history, collectively and individually, the same as it does today.

New Orleans is truly one of the most beloved and influential places in the United States. It exceeds New York in culture in my opinion, because of all the tragedy, strife, joy, food, and racial and musical harmony. It's hard not to fall in love with her.

The author motivates me to check out more, even to make a pilgrimage. The next time I'm in New Orleans, I hope to humbly visit Mass at St Augustine's and pray at the Tomb of the Unkown Slave.

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Essential.

Highly recommended. A detailed and thoroughly engaging account of the early history of the city, its people, America’s history of human trafficking, and art.