Very educational but not boring. The story was engaging without getting fantastic. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in more about the world than the street they live on.
Well they are all good, this was excelent
The fact that I could "read" it on a long trip in the car and not have to carry the book. It is very hard to read when you are driving
Need to keep learning, as most of the stuff I learned in school, wel,l it was wrong!
Life's too short to read bad books.
I was looking for more about the North American Indian tribes, not just the Meso-American "civilizations".
Excellent research and well documented makes a pleasure listening to this book. Having a kindle or written text helps as not to get lost in the names not familiar to most of us.
Very interesting and loaded with information. I needed to place my full attention on this book in order to get all the details. I have the actual book as well, and found myself having to return to certain sections to re-read parts I had missed while listening. If you are interested in the topics covered in this book, I suggest buying a copy of the book as well. There many interesting graphics, maps, and charts in the book that really add to the overall experience of 1491.
The author is all over the place in a seemingly random manner both in time and in place. There is much discussion of art and such that has nothing to do with the subject matter. Almost none of the book is actually devoted to what was actually the scene in 1491
A good read and some pretty good information on the Amercan's and the Indian population before Columbus. Well written for the non-antrhopologists. No doubt the academia eggheads will nic pic and find fault with it...but it's very enlightening. The author avoids the political aspects of things...and just lays out the facts as known to us today.
Fairly good read, er listen, brought me up to speed on some of the "high counters" arguements. A charged argument, but aren't most in anthropology.
I was a little concerned that I had got into a "picture book" level audiobook when the recording started with a pre-teen anouncing "audible kids". In the end, I did not think that it was a "kids" book or even a teens book unless the teen was advanced and had a desire to learn the subject matter.
Charles Mann has written an interesting book about what human civilization was like before Columbus. Much of this work, I understand, is necessarily speculative. However, the thorough work of Mann yields many insights worth the listening.
Listeners will need to pay closer attention to some portions of the text than they might be inclinded to do with other audio books. This is a history and portions of the book are involved. In any even, the listen will reward the patient.
This book provides an insight not common in history books. A view point almost as if from someone who was there as events unfolded. Totally unbiased,totally entertaining, totally enlightening.
A must-have for any complete library.