Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel

The Fates of Human Societies

Audiobook CD - 1999
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Jared Diamond, Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine, goes beyond weapons, war tactics, and politics to show how biological and environmental factors changed and shaped thousands of years of history.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p1999.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780307932426
Characteristics: 13 sound discs (16 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Ordunio, Doug 1950-


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Jan 31, 2018

This is the first audiobook I've listened to, and I really enjoyed it! It did contain a lot of dense information, but was presented well.

Sep 01, 2016

I don't understand why some history buffs write off Guns, Germs, & Steel as racist or low quality. This book provides answers to many questions I've wondered about and a somewhat easily accessible introduction to modern human development across all continents.

However, as an audiobook, this is a tough piece of writing to follow, especially in the last several chapters when Diamond references tables of data.

If you are considering the audiobook version, don't bother. I have listened to 30-40 audiobooks in the past 18 months, and the narrator of Guns, Germs, & Steel (Doug Ordunio) is easily my least favorite narrator of them all. It sounds like he has a head cold ("NNNnnn" droning sound) and he pauses unnaturally while reading Diamond's frequent dependent clauses and run-on sentences. Basically, you will find yourself constantly rewinding (and this audiobook is 16+ hours long as it is).

Aug 05, 2016

This is a fascinating look at the development of human societies over the last 13,000 years. Diamond has been criticized for some aspects of his ideas but his sweeping view of human development is informative and interesting.


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