I am listening to Mayflower for the second time. It is so much easier to get through than the print version.
I have to say that this book changed how I viewed the time period and the thinking of both the pilgrims and the indians.
I wanted to read and digest the thoughts in this book because several of my ancestors were pilgrims. I didn't realize that most of the story would be about the relationship they had with the indians, but I was extremely interested in learning about King Philips war and the second generation's dealings with the natives. I thought it interesting that the author kept calling the pilgrims "the English" because I had always thought that they were Americans from the moment they arrived. In truth, they were English until the revolution which was many generations later.
This book is definitely non-fiction - with the author's point of view. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in American history.
Yes I would recommend this book because I like history and the way I think the time period covered by this book has influenced our own times and thinking.
I'm sure there is a lot more to the stories behind this book but I liked the positive outlook it presented.
I'm no history expert, so I can't opine on historical clarity, accuracy, etc, but I found the book to be excellent - unlike other reviewers, I enjoyed the "hopping" to and fro among decades - it was necessary to make the point that the author was working on. Fascinating material - brings a to home the harsh reality of the second generation's cold treatment of the natives that were so accommodating to their fathers and mothers - seems like history repeats itself, in this respect, even now in America.
Also, I don't agree with other reviewers about the narrator - I really enjoyed his skill in narration - no offense to Mr. Philbrick, but his voice sounds a bit old and weathered - perfect for the context of the material. I'm looking forward to hear more of his narrations.
Say something about yourself!
I would think it is impossible to track such a vast period in history without the details concerning the indians. The indian names are tedious, but necessary. I felt this was a comprehensive and essential perspective of the issues that stemmed from before the pilgrims left their homeland to the living memory of the children of those pilgrims. I enjoyed listening to the whole book.
A good account of the early days of the New England colonies with a focus on the descendants of the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower and their subsequent interactions with the indigenous Indian tribes. Title is misleading. Should have been titled King Phillip's War, one of the bloodiest wars in American history, since that is its focus. Book is balanced and paints an equally honest, and often unflattering, portrait of some of the Pilgrim and Indian leaders of the time.
Part I is actually very good. Strong naration, excellent description of the pilgrims and the Mayflower. In my opinion the book should have ended there. The second part seemed to ramble and really had very little to do with the Mayflower, it should have been a separate book on King Phillips War, and the second part was way too long to the point that it became boring. Abridged version would probably be the better choice.
Covers about a century from 1610 forward. The actual "pilgrims" and the initial settlement is only a small to medium part of the book. Much of it focuses on King Philips War between 2nd generation pilgrims and next generation of native american leaders.
This is a very good listen for the technical history buff. I enjoyed the easy narrative that almost gave me the feel of being with the pilgrims. The only fault I could find is it ended with the demise of the New England Indians. An update to modern times of Mayflower descendants would have been nice.
It's good to learn the details and stories behind what you thought you knew about this part of American history. The author shows what it took to survive, relationships with Indians and how that relationship changed over time. Beyond a bit too much personal detail at times, this book is an overall good read if you like history.