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.
This abridged version contains too little of the full book. The print version is admittedly a big book but it's not flabby. Too much meat was cut to fit this way-too-short audiobook. The short length not only omits critical and interesting information, it distortingly rushes the reader's perception of the history that played out across this decade from '54 to '63. A lot more fascinating things happened than you'd realize from hearing this version. Branch masterfully researched and wrote about them. You wouldn't know it from this audiobook.
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