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The Barbarous Years

The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675
Narrated by: Henry Strozier
Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: History, World
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Bernard Bailyn gives us a compelling account of the first great transit of people from Britain, Europe, and Africa to British North America, their involvements with each other, and their struggles with the indigenous peoples of the eastern seaboard.

©2012 Bernard Bailyn (P)2013 Recorded Books

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A feast for genealogy/history buffs

Would you consider the audio edition of The Barbarous Years to be better than the print version?

After listening to the audio edition, I purchased a paperback copy because I have been working on family genealogy for over 10 years and the information about religion, birthplace of immigrants and where they chose to settle in British America is priceless to my understanding of several generations of my family.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Finally a clear description of the sometimes subtle differences between Puritans, Pilgrims, Anabaptists, Quakers and other religious groups.

What about Henry Strozier’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to, appropriate gravitas for the subject matter.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Much too much information for one sitting or even several. I have listened to it twice and will listen to portions again. A treasure trove that helps to explain how we got to where we are in America today.

Any additional comments?

Not a book for the faint hearted. Very long, very detailed but one of my favorites ever.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Disjointed and overly detailed

After listening to this book, I am starting to realize that Pulitzer Prize-winning histories are hit or miss. The subject of this book could be extremely interesting, but unfortunately Professor Bailyn's delivery is very disjointed and replete with details that keep the listener wondering how the travails of various settlers fit into the larger context of colonization.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful