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1493 Audiobook

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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From the author of 1491 - the best-selling study of the pre-Columbian Americas - a deeply engaging new history that explores the most momentous biological event since the death of the dinosaurs.

More than 200 million years ago, geological forces split apart the continents. Isolated from each other, the two halves of the world developed totally different suites of plants and animals. Columbus’s voyages brought them back together - and marked the beginning of an extraordinary exchange of flora and fauna between Eurasia and the Americas. As Charles Mann shows, this global ecological tumult - the “Columbian Exchange” - underlies much of subsequent human history. Presenting the latest generation of research by scientists, Mann shows how the creation of this worldwide network of exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Manila and Mexico City - where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted - the center of the world.

In 1493, Charles Mann gives us an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination.

©2011 Charles C. Mann (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 06-10-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Best book I've read in the last year"

    I'm a junky for this kind of stuff, and after reading 1491 a few years back, I instantly bought 1493 when I saw it. Charles C Mann has an incredible knack for finding facts that are not only fascinating, but tell a story extremely well.

    While 1491 focused in the Americas before Columbus, 1493 focuses on "the Columbian exchange". Basically the beginning of globalization. The connecting of two worlds and the profound impact it had on both hemispheres. Full of well done analysis, and enough amazing factoids to impress your friends at parties, this book is pure gold and Spanish silver, with Inca potatoes, and tomatoes on top, wrapped in a maize tortilla, seasoned with some Peruvian seabird guano. Delicious!

    Top notch narration, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Sacramento, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Barbara Sacramento, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Globalization has a very long history"
    What did you love best about 1493?

    The information about the "Columbian Exchange" in all its complexity is presented in interesting and well-documented detail.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a This is a work of historical and geographical analysis, synthesis, and interpretation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No--although I look forward to listening each time I pick it up.


    Any additional comments?

    As non-fiction goes, this book is easy to follow and remember. There is a fair amount of repetition but that aids the listener; references to future chapters are helpful.
    I have been quoting information I have learned and have recommended this book to others since the day I began to listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica New York City, NY 05-26-12
    Monica New York City, NY 05-26-12
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    "Interesting thesis; mediocre reading"
    What did you like best about 1493? What did you like least?

    Well-researched with interesting details.


    If you’ve listened to books by Charles C. Mann before, how does this one compare?

    Annoying pompous tone and bad pronunciation--whoever pronounces the Qing dynasty as "king" dynasty?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robertson Dean’s performances?

    No


    Could you see 1493 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes; not sure


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Derek 03-31-12
    Derek 03-31-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Worthy sequel to 1491"

    1493 is more world focused than 1491 and that's probably what makes it feel so much more unfocused than Charles Mann's original. However, that doesn't turn out to be a bad thing just a different thing.

    I enjoyed it as much I did 1491, but differently.

    Also, the audionbook narration is well within the bounds of acceptable. I did find that playing it on "faster" rather than "normal" on my iPod went down better (though I usually listen to books at normal speed).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    FoodieBerks Pennsylvania 03-30-16
    FoodieBerks Pennsylvania 03-30-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Fascinating book...read by the best!"
    What made the experience of listening to 1493 the most enjoyable?

    Fascinating material...and you can never go wrong with Robertson Dean.


    Any additional comments?

    What happened to the audible edition of Mann's prequel, 1491? It appears to no longer be available for sale through audible.com.

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    Andrew Larson 03-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Even the addendums were intresting."

    this was one of the best history books I've listened to. it was entertaining and informative.

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    lattetown Seattle, WA 03-16-16
    lattetown Seattle, WA 03-16-16

    I like book when they are read... To me with different voices for all the characters... By a talented author. ~Haiku

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    "Pandantic, not as good as 1491"

    It seems like the author said everything he had to say in the first book 1491 and cashed-in on this one... filling in the gaps with hyperbole and pretentious narrative.

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    C. A. McClaugherty Alliance, OH 03-08-16
    C. A. McClaugherty Alliance, OH 03-08-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Fascinating but sometimes repetitive"

    A great deal of history with fascinating detail. A nice complement to 1491. Excellent narration.

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    Eris 12-14-15
    Eris 12-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "connections between NA and the rest of the world"

    read the dead tree of 1491 which is one of my favourite books ever. was excited to see this one available on audible. of course it would be impossible to duplicate the charms of the first, because the subject matter can only be drastically different.

    interesting story of international politics and trade. being entirely unfamiliar with world events of this period aside from some basic of north america and europe myself, I found the details hard to follow, but that's my deficit, not the author's. I might try relistening sometime in an attempt to retain more information.

    I have to say that I found the author's attitude toward indigenous people less sympathetic than in 1491. I'd be interested to know what the reason for this is. different editor? for example, be describes at length a mission into the Amazon by one of his ancestors as tragic because of the deaths of some Europeans, but does not seem to be as bothered by much greater losses of indigenous lives in the same time and place. if I didn't know better I wouldn't guess it was the same author as 1491. but these attitudes are tragically common and any reader interested in such histories will likely be used to disregarding these attitudes and reading between the lines, unfortunately. the stories contained here are worth looking past this fault.

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    Nicole Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-07-15
    Nicole Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-07-15 Member Since 2004

    Feel like I have been with Audible since the beginning, I listened to books about 2 hours a day and love each and every minute!

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    "Started off as work; Quickly became a joy"
    Where does 1493 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think that 1493 is the best nonfiction book in my collection and my collection is 200+ titles. It intrigues the reader immediately and makes us question our narrow Western historical perspective. World historical context makes this book relevant and informative without the cultural bias that comes to too many historians.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1493?

    The chapters on China and the effects of the Columbian Exchange were inspiring. The Ming dynasty topic was among my favourite.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like the choice in narration, it was never monotoned or boring, the reader gave inflection that pumped life into the material.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was disarmed a bit by the views on colonization, the extent that the aboriginal and colonist relationship was examined, made me seriously rethink my prior stance.


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