Since this is a documentary presenting research on an ancient culture, it is what it is somewhat dry and definitely not a page turner. I don't think the presentation could be improved, due to the type of book that this is. Audio was certainly the best way for me to get this information, because I never would have stuck with it in written form! The book was a great companion to gardening in 90+ degree heat, and that is why I do audio books--to keep me focused on physical and menial tasks...
I would recommend it with the stipulation that it is NOT fiction, and is NOT exciting...but the explanation of that culture, and the marvelous insights into an uneducated people who were able to develop effective farming and engineering practices amazed me!
Presentation was clear and understandable--given the material being read, it was a good performance.
Super educational value, and the only way I would have learned about these mysterious statues.
I've always been fascinated with the archeology of Easter Island. I hope to get a chance to go there some day, but this was a good second best alternative. Hopefully some day it will help me enjoy my trip there that much more.I was curious how they would fill 6 hours talking about the mysterious statues. They did so quite elloquently by dealing with a lot of related issues. I would certainly recommend it.
I would listen to it again because it is something that must be digested...
One of the most memorable moments was the depiction of how the moai could have moved across easter island.
The heads that face away from the sea.....
tiki jay one urban landscape specialist....
The Statues That Walked is a compelling and persuasive challenge to Jared Diamond's thesis in Collapse that the people of Easter Island committed ecological suicide. Actual archaeologists, Hunt and Lipo spent years on the island analyzing the evidence to conclude that the Easter Island natives were in fact great conservationists. For example, they invented a method of stone-spreading to reduce erosion and foster plant growth in soil Europeans would have deemed barren. Most compellingly, the authors challenge the idea that the statues were moved horizontally from quarry to destination using massive amounts of wood for ramps. (Diamond theorized the islanders chopped down their forests to make ramps!) How were the statues moved? They walked. You'll have to read the book to find out how!
The narrator is very effective, and I don't give HIM two stars for performance. I give two stars to the audio editor. There's a section of the book where the same sentence is read twice in a row -- most likely the reading from the end of one day and the beginning of another. Such a glaring mistake means there are likely plenty of other errors waiting to be discovered, and I encourage Audible to fix the error as soon as possible (if they haven't already done so).
This is a great companion to Jared Diamond's Collapse.
I wish I didn't spend money on this book. I thought it would be about the statues, call me crazy. It's actually a brief and very dull summary of a small civilization, who whether through ignorance, bad circumstance or stupidity, cut down all their trees, had lousy soil, failed and died out. Oh, and they made some statues, almost a side note in this book. End of story. Seriously. Don't waste your money or time on this. And this is coming from someone who is normally fascinated by ancient cultures, history, stories of earlier civilization, etc. This book is just dull and went NO WHERE.