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Collapse Audiobook

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

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Publisher's Summary

In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion, and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization.

Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana.

Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?

©2014 Jared Diamond (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Jeff Hunt 01-15-15
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    "Interesting subject, not as good as GG&S"

    Interesting and important subject, but I had a really hard time remaining interested in this book. I really enjoyed his other book, "Guns, Germs, and Steel". This one, however, seemed a lot more disjointed. The individual points he covers are interesting to learn, but I frequently struggled to see how they related to each other or to the theme as a whole. Towards the end it started getting very preachy (most of the book is not) and I found a few logical fallacies during his countering of opposing views (mostly "straw man"issues, like picking 2 outrageous false claims by an opponent and countering them against very mild invalid claims from members of his camp). Overall I would say I learned from the book, and it made me examine a few of my beliefs on the subject, but I would have a hard time recommending it to others.

    Side note on the performance: overall, the reading was done well. Occasionally, there were major shifts in the tone and intensity of the reader's voice, from a higher pitch and higher intensity level to a softer, smoother voice. It was as though he were steadily getting more forceful in speaking, then ended for the day and resumed in a milder voice the next day. It didn't didn't really detract from the reading, but I was very aware of it each time it happened.

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    mhager 05-07-17
    mhager 05-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting and informative"

    very interesting anthropology. somewhat alarmist. if I had a nickel for every time I heard Global Warming I could buy another audio book...

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    4d 10-27-17
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    "What a boring book by a boring reader"

    Incredibly long, tedious and boring! I didn't even finish the first half of the book. It was really a waste of money. I wish I could return it!

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    ESB VA, United States 10-01-17
    ESB VA, United States 10-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Points But Becomes Repetitive, Tedious"

    I really like how he discusses Montana, Easter Island, and Greenland, but the theme seems to drone on after a while. I read Guns, Germs, and Steel multiple times, but I just could not quite complete this. I normally don’t like abridged books, but I think this is one that could be better if abridged.

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    Urrooj Rehman 08-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow but good"

    A bit slow at times but otherwise good. There is quite a political bent to the work

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    Yah Edwards 08-03-17
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    "This book is very eye opening and understandable."

    This is book is especially deep. It allows you to get a deep understanding of the world. I'm very satisfied with this book and it has become my favorite book that I have read. I would recommend this Audio from audible as well, to read along as you read. This book is great for anyone willing to input your time and energy into reading it. By the way I'm sixteen, so this book can be read by teenagers with great interest. Don't limit yourself. READ THIS BOOK.

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    David 07-26-17
    David 07-26-17
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    "Too Intense"
    What disappointed you about Collapse?

    Too in dept as an audio book, very dry audio


    What was most disappointing about Jared Diamond’s story?

    same stuff over and over again


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    too dry and boring


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Collapse?

    na


    Any additional comments?

    na

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    Stacy Thompson 06-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent book"

    Very well researched, well written, interesting book. Many good case studies support the authors conclusions.

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    Dr. M. Zigler 05-14-17
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    "Excellent book"

    very interesting comparing success and collapse of ancient civilizations and what to learn from them.

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    Amazon Customer 01-17-17
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    Really solid book overall and I would definitely recommend. Some sections seemed to drag a bit for me, probably a bit long overall. Thought the historical examples were excellent but found the editorializing a bit tedious. In most cases, the point was obvious and didn't need near the narrative dedicated to making sure you picked up on the obvious. Still liked quite a bit.

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