Diamond supports his core argument with a wealth of information, but devoting so many pages to the same argument dilutes the potency.
The recording quality of the narrator was poor and Ordunio has little color in his voice.
This book should be mandatory reading for secondary / high school reading. Dispels many myths held over from blatantly racist / imperialistic doctrine.
Very well researched, thought out and put together.
Again, Guns, Germs and Steel is necessary for our modern society.
very much enjoyed. interesting and thorough. my kid said the narrator sounded odd but I didn't notice. the depth of coverage of the subject can get a little wearing to listen to.
Could have been shorter. Alot of the points could be made in shorter words. I enjoyed the parts about written language the most.
This is a great and thought provoking book, just what I've come to appreciate and expect from Jared Diamond.
Unfortunately, the narration is so dull it makes it incredibly difficult to keep engaged with the story. His voice is monotone and devoid of meaningful inflections, and throaty, I keep waiting for him to clear his throat, it turns this in to a very dry listen. Significantly reduces my enjoyment of this incredible book.
Hike and Paddle Guide
This question is a fallacy of Faulty Comparison. I have both the print version and the Audio book. The print I make notes in and the Audio version I listen to at work.
Jared Diamond - Because learning and Science rocks, and Professor Diamond (if a title other than Professor applies I apologize in advance, I don't know it.) is able to take complex subject and synthesize it into a very readable format while still making his point without academic obfuscation. Guns Germs and Steel - made me think about the way our world works and allowed me to observe and test some of my preconceived notions on society and how it works. As a side note - Guns, Germs and Steel pairs excellently with Francis Fukuyama's book on Political order. Read them back to back, and for a bit of a mind bender. Guns Germs and Steel is a must read, and must re-read.
Easy to listen to. I will forever relate him to the Author in presentation.
I learned so much from this book. So many things I have never even thought of but wow was it hard to stay focused I would zone out often.
Many books are very good and some are impressive, but this one is great!
Unfortunately the narrator was completely unable to capture the drama of this book. I read it shortly after it came out in hardback and lent my copy one too many times so I was excited to read it again. This was not the experience I hoped for.
Kon Tiki, Rapa Nui. Similar cultures.
You get the feeling he isn't hearing the words that he is saying.
I do love this book. The ease with which the author relays his information is astounding. When on paper the pages fly by, when narrated it's like setting through a lecture. Such a shame that this book was presented by someone as disinterested as Doug Ordunio.
I think it is mainly the content and writing style- but also the boring monotone narrator (who I sweat suppressed a yawn at times while reading!)- this was painful to listen to and utterly uninteresting! It is even worse than Atlas Shrugged!