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  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • Geschrieben von: Jared Diamond
  • Gesprochen von: Doug Ordunio
  • Spieldauer: 16 Std. und 20 Min.
  • Ungekürztes Hörbuch
  • Kategorien: Geschichte, Welt
  • 4,4 out of 5 stars (323 Bewertungen)

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    Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1998

    Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history.

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Diamond also dissects racial theories of global history, and the resulting work—Guns, Germs and Steel—is a major contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies.

    ©1997 Jared Diamond (P)2011 Random House

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    Awesome book narrated badly

    The quality of an audiobook depends not only on the original text material, but also heavily on the narrator, and I'm sorry to say that but Dough Ordunio is a very mediocre narrator, and doesn't do the absolutely interesting and actually engaging topic any justice by giving an inarticulate performance that makes his narration hard to catch. Why so many people give this audiobook such good ratings is beyond me. Have you ever listened to Stephen Fry? Simon Shepherd? R.C. Bray, goddammit?!?

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    Sprecher geht gar nicht

    Einschläfernder Sprecher mit einem furchtbaren Akzent. What oder Who wird konsequent "Chhhhhhwat" und "chhhhhhhwo" ausgesprochen - furchtbar.

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    Les jeux sont faits

    Jared Diamond has in some sense written a sequel to Richard Dawkins's "the selfish gene": the growth, decline and mutual usurpation of human societies are a result of repeated games where the availability of exploitable resources, be it manageable crops, animals, climates and their emergent effects like crafts, population density and diseases are the real explanatory factors. The human populations just offer the breading ground for the societies and the intelligence factor of the individual human not more than mere statistical noise.

    The book is an effective counterargument for any supremacist theory by its strong arguments and multiple layers of proof. A must read for anyone who is not afraid to put his/her own intelligence into perspective.

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    Very good book. Great to listen to, well varied

    I really enjoyed this book. The research is clearly well done and well explained.
    The author does not generalise, the usual examples are not there, I really learned new things.
    Would recommend as a must!!

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    A great reading of:

    The work of a great man, arguing for the insignificance of the works of great men :)

    At least in a broad historical context..

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    • Ali
    • 04.04.2021

    Incredibly informative and perspective-changing

    The book fundamentally changed the way I look at history. History is not just a sequence of one fact after the other, but can be pursued as a true science. Broad patterns of history can be generalized and predicted by looking at natural historical experiments and investigating ultimate causes. Jared Diamond is a true polymath and combines his deep knowledge from wide-ranging disciplines. I listened to this book as a hobby and it informed my worldview for the better. I'm looking forward to listening to his other books.
    With regards to narration, the quality certainly could have been better. One could sometimes hear background noises or the sound of pages turning. But considering that it was recorded more than 20 years ago in 1999, it is still very good and not at all unlistenable. Plus the narrator sounds a bit like Diamond himself!

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    Great view on the world societies evolution

    An excellent book that shows the main reasons why some continents (societies) developed and other ones stagned.
    What I miss is complementary pdf with the tables available in the book.

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    Precise and enlightening

    This book has been on my list for a long time. It answers the fundamental question of superiority of races versus the geographical factors contributing to historical developments. The answer itself is detailed enough, derived in a detailed, scientific and rigorous way. Jared is indeed a superstar. Thank Jared!

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    Essential

    For someone who only had public school history education, like me, this is an essential work. I think it can be listed along with The Selfish Gene as a "must read" or, in case of Audible, "must listen," for those aiming to understand history's broad pattern.

    While there is some redundancy between parts, I think this is useful, given the high density of information that details the justification of the overarching reasoning.

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    Its a doozy

    It's an interesting book with several fascinating insights, topics, and theories. It can be a bit dry and does require the reader to be kind of informed, but overall it's put it realitivly simple terms. I recommend this book to anyone looking to better understand human history. It's a nerdy kind of fun, loved it!!