The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday

What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

Audiobook CD - 2012 | Unabridged CD
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Drawing extensively from his field work in the Pacific Islands and with other people groups, Jared Diamond gives a firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years, a past that has mostly vanished, and what the differences between that past and our present modern society mean for our lives today.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio; Holland, OH. : Repackaged [and distributed] by Midwest Tape, [2012]
Edition: Unabridged CD
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781611761474
Branch Call Number: CDB 305.89912 D5417W 2012
Characteristics: 16 audio discs (approximately 18 hrs., 30 mins.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Green, Dan 1971-


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ECPat Jan 10, 2016

Lots of interesting facts and stories are wonderful, but the comparisons and insights are even more worthwhile!

Sep 22, 2015

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.

Feb 05, 2014

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.

skidrick Jul 26, 2013

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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