Awesome, tons of information, I'll be listening to it one more time. Wish could see pictures like in the book to help grasp it all better.
Say something about yourself!
This book does not pass the smell test. The number of adjectives to describe his theories that are everything except real proof are so numerous I started to write them down.
95% of the population died to explain the embarrassment of huge societies losing power to small numbers of Europeans is an absurd assertion with no proof to back it up.
I am sure it was easier to listen to than to read, since it was such dense material.
I already have!
The narrator did his best with such tough material.
what a way to make sure I get my walks in. This way you can move and still be lost in a book.
Learning answers to questions that I have wondered about for years.
Finding out about the massive history of my indigenous ancestors, I knew just a few stories.
He makes everyone human!
I laughed and cried.
I'm ready to hear 1493!!
This is one of the best books I have every been exposed to about Native American History prior to the white invasion. It also explains why the Americas were so easily settled by Europeans and the role of infectious disease
Every one in the Americas should read this book and gain insight to the "transition" from Native Americans to European Settlement
This book appears to be based on the best evidence and have considered most of the political implications. If so, all to the good. If not, it is still and interesting read because it is very different from most histories of the Americas...
I wouldn't but i enjoyed the main premise of the story and learning about native Americans in greater depth. really interesting
It is a very dry delivery of a ton of information. Peter was able to speak out the crazy names of many cheiftans and seemed at home with the subject matter.
It is non fiction - this would be a GBH production on the lost cultures of the americas.
If this book had a more exciting storyline and narrative voice I might be able to become engrossed in the plot. The narrator sounds like a high school teacher reading from a very dry history text. This narrative makes me want to stare out the window and daydream.
I enjoy history tremendously, but I will be more careful with my next selection.
Peter Johnson's pronunciation is succinct, but his intonation is very monotonous. I listen when I do mundane housework. The storyline is so boring that I found myself more into washing dishes than listening.
I am sure the story is better than the dusty history texts of old, but I find myself unable to locate even a glimmer of interest. If you test me on the content of this book I would absolutely fail. This is significant, because I listened to parts of this book several times when I found myself not listening to the story.Perhaps someone who is a scholar of pure historical theory would enjoy this. This book is highly recommended, but I honestly could not get through the first few chapters. I listened for a few hours, but had to keep going back because the narrator and story did not hold my interest.
I really want to like this story, but this book is just not for me.
I think Mann is good. Johnson is unprepared and inflectionless. I would give Mann another shot, but I woudl never download another book read by Peter Johnson.
Great take on one of the world's most high-profile yet unknown peoples, but the few obvious and easily verfiyable factual inaccuracies that I caught makes me wonder about the rest of the 'facts' presented. Just one example: In the first section, Mann writes about Iron Eyes Cody (the man who portrayed the weeping Indian in the famous 1970's anti-littering PSA TV commercial) and introduces him as a "Cherokee actor". Iron Eyes Cody was born in 1904 to two Sicilian immigrants and changed his name many years later from his given name, Espera Oscar de Corti, to his stage name to help him acquire more Indian roles in the mid-twentieth century. There were at least four other completely false statements passed as 'facts' in Part 1 alone that I caught. How many were there that I didn't catch because I just don't have a working knowledge of the subject?
From straight-up mispronounciations ('long-lived' pronounced with a long I as in 'hive') to long passages read without inflection or intonation appropriate for the punctuation, Johnson read the manuscript like a seventh grader reading aloud difficult paragraphs from Ulysses; word-to-word and robot-like. While his diction is nearly flawless, it sounds as if he never even skimmed the document before chinning up to the mic.
1491 wasn't worth listening to. This is one I would read myself if I had it to do over again. In fact and I might do just that becasue I didn't even listen to Part 2. Too painful.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
1491 digs into the history of the American continents prior to Europeans involvement. Many historical accounts treat the period of history prior to Europeans as being a time of pure barbarian ism on a highly vacant continent. This is often done to justify the rights of the Europeans to great the new world. In 1491 the author digs into population estimates the shows a deeply populated Americas with advanced cultures that rivaled those of Europe and Egypt. In questions the technological dominance of the European weapon technology and focuses on the mass extinctions caused by newly introduced diseases that killed greater than 95% of the indigenous population.