because I find it IMPOSSIBLE to pay attention to this audiobook. I was careful not to get the abridged version, but I think now I made the wrong move. It's a combination of longwinded composition and an uninspired performance.
I almost rated this three stars but I think the information alone is worth four. The narrator isn't too bad, about a three out of five. I wouldn't not listen to this just because it can get boring though. You'd think they could come out with an abridged version so it wouldn't get so lengthy at times. Worth a listen if you have an interest in this area of history.
I was very excited to see that G G & S was now available in an unabridged version at audible. I jumped in right away. The book is very interesting but it is hard to follow and on top of this the reader is soporific. It is so monotonous that I was constantly rewinding to re listen. In similar terms, I had previously listened to Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything and the reader was so much enthusiastic and passionate. As I said the book is great, but if you plan to listen it while you drive, pay extra care!
I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
A great book that looks at the development and progress of civilizations across the history of the world. Wonderful insights and amazing detail presented in an interesting manner. Very enjoyable!
A lot of people have recommended this book to me over the years and I finally got the chance to read it…
I came away from this book with a mind full of questions to ponder for the rest of my life!
Yes, its a very good book. Well writen and well explained.
Nothing I have yet read. Though I hope to find others.
Clear and well voiced.
History: A real world story
I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
Mr. Diamond is a well versed scholar in many fields and has produced many long winded novels that tie such things and anthropology, science and history into a fairly easy to follow chronological order. His writing is perhaps a bit too academic at times, but he is a passionate scientist that would like to see more money spent on us understanding this mess of a world we have created fully. Doug Ordunio is the right narrator for this sobering account of modern history. For a faster paced and more interesting account pick up An Edible History of the World.That said now I understand the Europeans weren't necessarily smarter. They were just dam lucky. In so many ways they weren't as smart as their Asian and Native American counterparts. Just more ruthless and cunning.
A compelling narrative running through the story, holding it together. It just felt like a list of tribes and countries, foods, and animals. I could barely pay attention for longer than a few minutes.
I am usually a huge fan of these kind of books. I love History, but I couldn't even bring myself to finish the last bit of this book. It was insanely boring. There was not enough of a compelling narrative running through it, holding it together. It just felt like a list of tribes and countries, foods, and animals. I could barely pay attention for longer than a few minutes.
The information is great. The author's analysis is impressive. Least of all I liked the performance. I had a tough time paying attention. I missed a lot of the book simply because I would forget it was playing. I don't usually have this problem with audiobooks. Nearly as bad is the fidelity of the recording.
I would compare John McPhee's works as a contrast. He can make the phone book fascinating. Jared Diamond took fascinating material and made it boring.
Get someone else to read it.
The book contains toooo much details. Not for the casual reader interested in a bit of history. Plus, I am not sure if it is because of the content or the narrator himself, but it is very boring. I could not finish the book unfortunately.