The first half of the book was interesting as it shed light on the environmental differences of each of the parts of the world and there affect on human history. But the linguistics portion about New Guinea is about as dry as you can make it.
I'm a high school student taking an AP history class and I found it boring. We are going to learn more about it this year but what I've read now was boring. My opinion might change later. I fell asleep multiple of times while reading it. The narrator was boring like I've said one million times.
Incredibly interesting material but be prepared for a scientific delivery not an emotional one. It can be dry due to endless examples to prove his hypothesis, however, the detailed evidence makes his claims more credible and believable. Diamond definitely did his homework and knows his stuff. This is a must-read for Anthropology students and enthusiasts and for anyone wondering how the relatively few conquistadors were able to overpower the numerous and advanced Incas.
The general theories presented in this book are quite interesting and I enjoyed listening to the book, although it was very long. The author does a good job in providing detailed support for the theories, but for readers who are NOT detailed oriented, it can get arduous listening to it.
It certainly my fault for not researching this book more. I usually listen to books like this for entertainment . This book is styled to educate, not to entertain.
I'm a voracious listener of Audible books and this is the first audio book I couldn't get through. It reads too much like a textbook. Lots of data with no story.
A fascinating telling of the rise of agrarian and increasingly specialized societies. Compelling content. Although you wouldn't be interested in this if you didn't already have a deep-seated interest in relatively dry topics, it must be said that this reading is most parched.
I really wish I hadn't used up my free book on this! What a waste. I can't imagine a more boring listen. Although I'm sure some folks would like it. Would be a much better read.
Jared Diamond has written a superb and well-researched novel. But it is read so poorly that it is tedious to listen to. This is not one of those novels where the narrator must voice characters differently. It simply demands an understanding of the content material in context while being read. The feel of the listener is of someone just reading words to get through it.