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Chris

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  • A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 B.C. - 1603 A.D.

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    A History of Britain poses questions that have universal timeless resonance. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do you give your allegiance and why? Where do the roots of your community lie - in your hearth and home, your village or city, your tribe, your faith? And, finally, what is Britain? Also, listen to A History of Britain, Volume 2.

    Dennis says: "Accessible to the lay-person."
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    This book got me hooked on Audible. It was my complimentary download courtesy The History of Rome podcast. Mike recommended it and I think I'll just take his recommendations from here on out. The narration was compelling, particularly when portraying the thoughts of the common soldiers in anticipation of the Battle of Hastings. My biggest complaint: it ended abruptly at the reign of Elizabeth. I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Christopher Murney
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (271)

    In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

    Rebecca says: "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I really wanted to give Jared Diamond a chance. Unfortunately, this massive work is missing one important thing: a thesis. After listening for several hours, it's clear that Diamond is just listing anecdotes of environmental sociology. An alternate title should've been "Collapse: Some Crummy Ways Civilizations Sometimes Die."

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