Norman Dietz sounds like he is on the brink of collapsing from exhaustion. I love history books but his reading of this one makes me feel sluggish.
The author mistranslates the spanish word "Montaña" which means mountain to mean jungle. This book did nit seem very well research and us written in a very strange format. it was nit terrible but I can not recommend it.
Great narrative of the conquest of Peru by a band of Spanish adventurers. Unfortunately, the narrator had no clue of Spanish name pronunciations, with the consequence that he butchered a great number of names. Jarring to a fluent Spanish speaker.
Not if it involves foreign names.
The last part about ruin discoveries was not necessary. Naked attempt by the author to rope in the Machu Picchu visitor crowd.
I really enjoyed listening to this book, but was frustrated with the use of the word "indian" to describe the native peoples throughout the book, with no discussion about how this term is a misnomer.
In 1977 I went to Machu Pichu. It changed me, I can't read enough about precolumbian indians. I feel like I have been there again after reading this book, only now I know the history. It is as good as Buddy Leavy's Conquestador.
However, don't let that frighten you away from this book. Sometimes it's a bit difficult to remember who is who, but it's a joy to listen to. Makes me despise the Spanish conquistadores. I realize they felt they were doing Gods work, but the amount of greed and brutality is hard to fathom. The book does an amazing job laying out the rise and fall of the Incan empire. There are several subjects that have piqued my interest and will compel me to learn more about these people.
Amazing story! You could not make this up-- no one would believe it as fiction! MacQuarrie's book reads like an energetic novel of a small band of conquistadors conquering an army of thousands. The author deftly builds historical context within a framework of intrigue, betrayal and sheer luck. Learning history could never be more exciting!
Starts off a bit slow. I actually found it pretty tedious to begin with but it wasn't long before I was hooked and couldn't wait to hear more.
I would not listen to this story again because it is very descriptive and lengthy. I often was ready for the story to develop. The details were great though I could see many people really liking this book.
More emphasis could have been made on the more important parts the narrator seem to drag on in the details of the book.
Overall this is a wonderful story worthy of a movie !!!! I think more people should learn about the Incas.