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Chris

Eagle Mountain , UT, USA

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  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (302)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Carol L. says: "Badly Abridged"
    "Very interesting listen."
    Overall

    I absolutely enjoyed this book, when I would stop listening I couldn't wait until I started again. He has some very interesting theories and facts that are presented in an enjoyable educational way. Although some of the theories presented I don't agree with, he does list some important things to think about. If you are fascinated by culture, and want to understand the history of humans this is a good place to start.

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  • Next Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (0)
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    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Chris says: "Not bad... not great."
    "Not bad... not great."
    Overall

    I am a huge Micheal Crichton fan, his books have always been able to juggle science and fiction together seamlessly. However "Next" is a bit of a let down. I loved some of the individual story lines, others I didn't care for. Some just didn't have a resolution. I didn't know anything about this book or its subject when I began and I still feel I don't know a lot.

    "State of Fear" was a great book as it provided true and accurate facts and an easily presentable way. Maybe genetics is difficult to explain to the average person, like myself. So unless you are extremely interested or knowledgeable about genetics you may not find this to be his best work.

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