Lots of interesting facts and stories are wonderful, but the comparisons and insights are even more worthwhile!
I strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in human cultures. The content is fascinating; while some commenters here have complained of its length, I maintained a keen interest throughout. The narration is very good: articulate and confident. He does not get all the foreign words quite right and some of his pronunciations of language names are slightly wrong, but these are only very pedantic complaints and should not deter even the pickiest of listeners. If there is room for improvement in the narration, it is that the narrator is too young for the content: his voice suggests early 30s, but the author is in his late 70s. The result is somewhat comical when he uses the first person and references events that would have occurred long before the narrator's birth. Still, this is a top-notch audiobook in terms of production quality and intellectual content.
Jared Diamond has the scientific method ingrained into his being.
He breaks down and analyzes things that could be easily overlooked.
Way too long-winded. I listened to the audio book and couldn't wait for it to end. This book is nowhere as good as Collapse or Guns, Germs and Steel.
A few interesting nuggets, but Diamond could have used a copyeditor to about halve the size of the work. He loves his topic...a bit too much
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