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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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    William Kentfield, CA, United States 08-24-10
    William Kentfield, CA, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Should never have been abridged"

    One of the worst I've ever listened to. My wife and others who had read the book recommended it without qualification. As only the abridged version is available on Audible, I decided to listen to it. Big mistake. It is little more than a recitation of facts and figures with little of the body, color and story that apparently make the full length book so interesting. Another example why Audible should only make abridged an option when the full-length version is available as well.

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    Ricky Folsom, CA, United States 08-21-10
    Ricky Folsom, CA, United States 08-21-10
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    "Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond"

    Don't waste your money on this book. I want my mine back. Possibly the most boring book ever written! It reads like a stuffy dissertation with highly specialized, yet remarkably vague and over-generalized language. The total absence of specific examples or practical application put me to sleep within 15 minutes. Each time I plunged in, looking for a new chapter with something, anything, interesting I immediately fell back into deep sleep. Fortunately, I also purchased Diamond's 2-volume book on the rise and fall of civilizations, and so far I'm finding it, yes, somewhat interesting!!

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    Matt B 05-24-10
    Matt B 05-24-10
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    "Interesting but wordy"

    This book present very interesting ideas. However, I am not a fan of Diamond's writing style. His prose is overly wordy and borders on pretentious.

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    Yusuke SagamiharaJapan 08-28-09
    Yusuke SagamiharaJapan 08-28-09
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    "Interesting history book"

    This is good to learn whole picture of mid-modern history.
    Narration is also good!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Sarah Kanata, Ontario, Canada 05-03-06
    Sarah Kanata, Ontario, Canada 05-03-06
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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'.

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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.

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