A nice non-fiction listen
It was enjoyable to hear a different take on US history.
The civil rights coverage was very good. Vietnam was very interesting too. Then the author seemed to have a misanthropic view that grew tiresome.
I originally wanted to listen to this history book because I wanted to hear the historical details of my country that were not taught when I was in school. The book was very interesting at first, but the endless streaming of bitterness and negativity just got the best of me and I just had to stop listening about 3/4 through the book. Perhaps I am naive, but I also got the feeling Mr. Zinn was distorting the history at times by only telling facts he wanted to share to make his negative point, after negative point. I felt most of what he said sounded truthful, from a very radical point of view, but he left me with virtually nothing to proud of as an American. I just don't feel that is fair, or from a more centrist historical viewpoint, accurate.
I'm typically not much of a history buff, but I'm becoming one and listening to a great book like this really helps. It's easy to listen to, easy to follow and just right for novice history buffs like me. I highly recommend this book!
Go with the Abridged version, read by Zinn himself. No one does Zinn like Zinn.
Matt Daemon's voice drones over every single sentence in the book. What is otherwise one of the most ennervating and intelligent books in American history is a boring, lecture-style snooze.
Any story is mind numbing if the reader never changes his inflection. Yes, Mr. Daemon, there is a difference in inflection between the period and the comma.
I was hooked as soon as I started listening. Matt Daemon has the perfect voice for this book. The book is intriguing and provides the history that is so often overlooked in the classroom. Very provocative.
Even with this being a "partial" version of the book, I couldn't make it all the way through. I have a great interest in hearing the history that our school textbooks didn't teach us or just flat out lied about, but I felt Zinn really misses the mark. He keeps uttering the same points without really going anywhere. I did appreciate the disclosure of his biases but he is so far left it’s difficult to pluck any objective information from him. I do like Matt Damon as the narrator, unfortunately the author did not supply him with enough substance to keep me interested.
This is the ideal gift for a high school senior, or anyone who has graduated from high school. The antidote to public school history (as currently taught)!