The research on history of the Americas before Columbus is fascinating and insightful. However, because of the names of cultures, historical figures, places and dates the information is hard to grasp and retain from an audio book. This book is best suited to a hard copy - I will buy the hard copy of the series because one really needs to be able to refer back to early material and make notes.
I rated this book as a Three just to highlight the issue of the audio experience. Otherwise, I would rate the content as a Five. Sometimes you just need a hard copy.
The many Indian names used in the book are just read as if they were Tom or Jane - so you don't get hung up on the complexities of the names. Friends who read the book in paper form found that to be a problem.
Almost everything in the book was a new insight for me. I thought I knew American History - but after reading this book I found out how little I really knew. The book would be better if split by the author into 2 books - there is the "history text book" where he explains the factual/scientific sources for the information, and then there is the story portion - the lives of the people in the western hemisphere, prior to 1491. Unfortunately the inter mixing of these two texts into a single book, makes it a difficult read (or listen) but it is clearly worth it!
Liam Neeson...maybe comrade Hitch if he were still with us.
I read this book last year and wanted to review it again with the audio version. I just can't manage it. Peter Johnson's style to me lacks vibrance. His performance see-saws through the content with a droning, high school text book-like quality. Peter, you're not necessarily reading to high schoolers. Feel free to throw back a couple shots as you read your next book. I think it would help.
The information is mostly new to me and not what I learning in high school or college...Nice to get a bit of scholarly research on a topic that has been around for so long...
He can pronounce all the crazy names of people and place and helps me to keep them all straight
No extreme reaction...just healthy curiosity...
Thanks for having it in your library...for me to buy...
Yes. Fascinating review of the cultures in America before Columbus. We are still being taught out if date information. This book tells a story while reviewing new information showing how advanced these cultures were in 1491.
Yes. I will be reading 1493.
It's not what you learned in school
This is the sort of book where I'm astounded an abridgement exists; I would not have purchased it had I realized it wasn't the full book.
Yes. It is good and has historically accurate information showing the other side of history.
Learning about "Homberg's Mistake"
They all are to me
By jumping from place to place the book never felt boring or like a textbook.
No, but it did make me think.
Ironically, why isn't this topic just fascinating? I listened for 5 hours before I concluded that I could find many things more enjoyable or instructive. The way this author organized his material sucked the life right out of it, and the narrator couldn't do much to change this.
I can't believe I didn't even buy this on sale. I have listened to several duds, but most of them fall into the $4.95 offerings. this hurt.