An interesting introduction to our current state of knowledge of our distant ancestors. However, don't expect only a discussion of facts drawn from recent archaeological studies. The author adds colour to the text by speculating well beyond what we know in the areas of social structure and human/neanderthal coexistence. Sometimes this is enjoyable, sometimes it taxes credulity.
I persevered to the 11-minute mark after realising in the first few paragraphs that the premise of this audiobook was how I could build my confidence by channeling "God's purpose" for me. I really did try to keep an open mind, telling myself that if I could just ignore the claptrap I still might find some pearls of wisdom. That steely resolve saw me through another 7 minutes, but ultimately the incessant references to the dieu du jour were just too much.
I wouldn't feel so cheated except that now having read the blurb a second time I still don't see any reference to the fact that the author takes a wholly religious angle. I pray that it will be updated.
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