Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Jared Diamond

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: July 2001

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.


  • David L

    Not Unabridged. The orginal book is somewhat long, so I cannot imagine being able to capture it in only six hours.

  • Michael

    Very interesting intertwined history of the world and our impact on it.

  • Anonymous

    The book started very slow and is very dry. There are many parts that are very educational and informative, but you may sleep through them since you likely already feel alseep at the wheel. It's OK, but a lot to take. The material is good and I did learn some but couldn't finish it.

  • Carronade

    Interesting premise and a thoughtful answer to the question raised...but...thank god I got the abridged version. I think this is to much information for the non-scientific reader. Interesting points, but frequently redundant and confusing.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting book! A friend recommended it. It's sometimes a little dense but enjoyable.

  • JH

    Not a "page turner", but definitely something everyone should listen to. He provides the most realistic theory behind the Eurasians domination of the Americas, Africa and Australia. Yes it is a bit a of history lesson - which can be boring at times, especially after listening to exciting audio books such as DaVinci Code, but if you are interested in the above then you should enjoy the book.

  • Raj

    This book had amazing potential but with too much detail for the lay reader (plus a reading style that reminded me of Ben Stein in Ferris Beuler) was enough to make me comatose... not good when I'm driving.

  • Anonymous

    Too much like doing my homework. The reader was monotonous. Great for insomnia.

  • Rick Lukacovic

    This could have been an interesting topic. The book was much too detailed and repetitive for the casual listener. It would probably be appropriate for a serious academic. I could not finish listening to it.

  • Diaphanous

    He really grabbed me with the beginning of the book, but I got bogged down with his interest in plant genetics and the importance of domesticating animals. Overall, I just didnt buy all his conclusions. Its a great book for discussion and starts out with a really interesting direction, but I thought the bulk of the book was a bit boring.

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