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Guns, Germs, and Steel Audiobook
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Written by: 
Jared Diamond
Narrated by: 
Grover Gardner
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Guns, Germs, and Steel Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1997 Jared Diamond; (P)2001 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"The scope and explanatory power of this book are astounding." (The New Yorker)
"Guns, Germs, and Steel is an artful, informative, and delightful book....There is nothing like a radically new angle of vision for bringing out unsuspected dimensions of a subject." (The New York Review of Books)

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    Chris Eagle Mountain , UT, USA 01-21-07
    Chris Eagle Mountain , UT, USA 01-21-07
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    "Very interesting listen."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Kanata, Ontario, Canada 05-03-06
    Sarah Kanata, Ontario, Canada 05-03-06 Member Since 2013
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    "Disasppointed"

    I expected more from this book after all the hype. Was disappointed in its content. Wasn't a great 'read'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty Florida 01-23-06
    Scotty Florida 01-23-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Disappointing"

    Great topic, and often keen insights and information. However, the book seemed overly politically correct (Euroean cultures always bad, "indigenous" cultures (not clearly defined i.e. is a culture indigenous if the peoples were there 100 years prior to the next peoples? 500 years? 5,000?) always good.
    The worked seemed tedious at times, and often in an apparent attempt to justify a preconceived conclusion.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Edward ny, NY, USA 03-22-09
    Edward ny, NY, USA 03-22-09
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    "a decent listen"

    i did not love the book, but the narration is clear, and it was a reasonably interesting listen. just not particularly memorable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Port Matilda, Pennsylvania 02-09-08
    Peter Port Matilda, Pennsylvania 02-09-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Boring but intriguing"

    I have tried several times to read this book so it was time to listen to it on audible. I am afraid my original impressions were right, this is a fascinating subject but written in a boring manner. Aspects and some hypotheses are intriguing although at times naive. Anyway I feel gratified I have finisihed with it ~ why on earth is listed as a best seller, did everyone else read it or just leave it on their shelves?

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Lexington, KY, USA 12-09-09
    Marsha Lexington, KY, USA 12-09-09
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    "Great if you skip the introduction"

    This author wants to point out SEVERAL times that he is trying to be non biased, but it is just overkill. The rest of the book is very interesting though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Chico, CA, United States 01-01-08
    Eric Chico, CA, United States 01-01-08
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    "Term Paper"

    It read more like a term paper than a book.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Darby 07-10-07
    Brian Darby 07-10-07
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    "Some books not audio material"

    I am sure this book is good for the academic. Sometimes it is even funny. But the narration style is monotonous, giving few clues to what the content means from a human perspective. This is not audio material.

    It was so bad, that the end of the book came completely as a surprise, and left me wondering WHAT WAS the POINT?

    Worse, it left me with WHO CARES?
    Not I, not after listening for all those hours.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Fletty 06-12-07
    E. Fletty 06-12-07 Member Since 2012
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    "GGS Review"

    I preferred Collapse by Jarrod Diamond. Guns, Germs & Steel was good but not as engaging.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael American Fork, UT, USA 10-11-07
    Michael American Fork, UT, USA 10-11-07 Member Since 2016
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    "r"

    "Instead, it might very well be that once the civilizational process is begun, there emerges a feedback effect, which by making the more intelligent in each generation more fit for reproduction, gradually increases the overall cognitive ability of the peoples inhabiting the evolving civilisations. Being smart in civilization is beneficial for your chances of reproducing yourself, and so the smarties get more numerous. Mr. Diamond doesn't see this."
    Our intelligence evolved in pre-civilized societies. In civilizations, it does not require intelligence to reproduce. In today's world, those who are uneducated and living in poverty are the ones reproducing.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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