History of the Conquest of Mexico

Narrated by: Kerry Shale
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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In 1519, Hernando Cortés arrived in Mexico to investigate stories of a wealthy empire. What he encountered was beyond his wildest dreams; an advanced civilization with complex artistic, political, and religious systems (involving extensive human sacrifice) and replete with gold. This was the Aztec empire, headed by the aloof emperor, Montezuma.

With just a handful of men, Cortés achieved the impossible, crushing the Aztecs and their allies, and effectively annexing the whole territory for Spain.

One of the most extraordinary stories of conquest in mankind's history, it is told here in the classic account by the American historian W.H. Prescott.

Public Domain (P)2002 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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Gripping story

This is pre-PC history (the graphic descriptions of human sacrifice among the Aztecs are labeled "barbaric," for example--but the history is accurate and not Euro-centric. The narrative is detailed, but never anything but exciting.

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A book that every Mexican should read

I am Mexican and after reading this book I can only say that I wish my history teachers would have been able to explain & teach the History of the Conquest of Mexico in such an objective & engaging manner. It developed in me deep curiosity and interest for a subject that I have never been interested in before. Definitely I think it is a book that every Mexican should read. I recommend it very much. Great book!

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Remarkable

Prescott is remarkable in his eloquent diction and fast-moving narrative. It's true that this account is "pre-PC" in the sense that he uses terms like "barbarian", but it appears very accurate and Prescott tries to let actions speak for themselves, rather than projecting his own viewpoint into them. Prescott's focus seems to be creating a well-written and enjoyable readable account rather than placing blame or advancing a political agenda, as is sadly the case with many contemporary historical accounts.

In summary, great traveling reading for the student of history or casual listener...well-written/adapted work and similarly good narration.

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A very basic overview of the conquest of Mexico

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This book presents of basic overview of the conquest of Mexico. It would be acceptable for someone who has no prior knowledge of the history of conquest. If you have some understanding of the invasion of Mexico, you will probably not learn much from this book.

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History made alive!

I really enjoyed listening to this account. I look forward to listening to more of the same.

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Remember it was written in the 1800´s

This is a short and good narrative of the conquest of Mexico. You need to consider it was written in the 1800´s and the point of view and expressions of the author are sometimes chaotic of what the Europeans found in Mexico. Also since 1970 many discoveries have been made in Mexico City that now clarify facts about religion, war and Aztec society, unknown at the time the book was written. I found very odd that they chose a narrator that did not know the correct pronunciation in Spanish or Nahuatl. I think it is critical to pronounce the names correctly - Malinche - is refer to as "Ma-lin-ke" which is incorrect. Anyway, a good compliment to the books written by the Frailes and Spanish conquistadors.

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Excellent Narrative

An excellent narrative of the conquest of Mexico. Primarily focused on the military campaign against the Aztecs, does not shed much light on external conditions of the time. Very enjoyable narrative that sheds light on the heinous and greed-driven march by the Spaniards. Overall, the book is quite generous on heaping respect on Cortez despite his despicable and treacherous actions the native tribes.

The biggest complaint against the book is the pompous and superfluous text. The author simply refuses to use standard English and resorts to pretentious language at every opportunity he's given.

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  • 06-21-18

Not the same book

This audiobook I purchased from audible is not the same book as published. The audiobook shortened the length and cut big chunks of text off the original book. And you can’t play this audiobook along with its text on Kindle, they’re separate. Very disappointed about this audiobook.

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  • 06-28-18

Greatly narrated, published in 1843.

An epic conquest of the Castilian Spaniards led by Cortes, driven by a lust for riches and adventure, and a tragedy for the great but barbarous Aztec kingdom and there emporer Montezuma unprepared for such warfare as brought down on them by the guns and impenatrable armour of the modern world, when initial goodwill to one another turned to hostilities and bloodshed, it tells the story of how the most powerful empire in the new world came crashing down within a matter of months as the besieged capital fell into disarray and its inhabitants likewise.