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  • Guns, Germs, and Steel

  • The Fates of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 667

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the Unabridged?

  • By Susan on 12-21-06

Badly Abridged

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-06

This book is actually quite excellent, his science is quite sound, and his theory is amazing.

But, some of the complaints of other reviewers stem from the extent to which this book was abridged. Not only were critical details sliced out throughout the audiobook, but the ENTIRE LAST 1/4 was just chopped off! Answers about race, trade and other issues are addresed here. I only found out, when I saw the DVD of it by PBS, and saw an entire episode of what I thought was completely new material! I like "Collapse" even more, and was upset to learn it was just as badly chopped up. Five stars for Diamond, 0 stars for the publisher for ripping us all off!

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