Jared Diamond is a good writer and he makes subjects that we learned to dread in school interesting and appealing. Collapse is right in line with Guns, Germs, and Steel in terms of information quality and writing (comparing unabridged GG&S audio to abridged Collapse audio). Diamond's presentation of historical information and analysis is second-to-none, and best of all, its accessible to people who aren't history buffs or anthropology majors. Diamond explains what lead to the internal collapse of societies of our past, and how their problems can be seen at the edges of today's modern societies. Present-day issues are examined not with pessimism, but with guarded optimism, with the good and bad brought to the forefront. The delivery of the audio version is good, better than the audio GG&S. Some spoken sentences and paragraphs are noticeably inserted after the original recording and the speaker clearly sounds different for these inserts, although this does not detract very much from the overall program. The speaker's voice is deep, clear, and well paced. Short well-chosen music clips denote chapter transitions. I will definitely repurchase this title when it is released unabridged.
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