Buy this audiobook! Diamond has created a tour de force of a publication in Guns, Germs and Steel. His juxtaposition of the development rates in human societies on the different continents citing the possible reasons, unique contributory factors, etc. is a hugely informative method of educating his reader/listenership. Perhaps the only weakness is Diamond's persistent reversion to using New Guineans as the baseline comparative for many of his arguments (his contention that they may be more intellectually agile than others is a bit silly given his original idea that all are born with the same abilities, regardless of geographical location), but he is, I suppose, speaking about what he knows. The terminology used is accessible and the way in which he constructs his arguments is logical and persuasive. A great gateway book for those who may later dive into the more academic worlds of Dawkins and other gene theory biologists.
This long audiobook provides a reasonably comprehensive account of the development of Irish history up to the commencement of the Second World War. The fact that it was produced by BBC Northern Ireland has ensured that excessive emphasis is given to the Ulster experience through the centuries, yet none of what it includes is gratuitous or included solely on the basis of its northern credentials. Having said this, there are individuals and events from outside of Ulster whose impact on Irish history is greater than this production would lead you to believe; at times the geography, rather than the history, has exerted a disproportionate influence on the content.
The variety of narrators are generally easy to listen to, yet, unforgivably really, some of the pronunciation of Irish placenames, words, etc. is quite poor, requiring the listener to rewind at spots to deconstruct the multisyllabic mess and rebuild the word themselves.
Obviously a massive undertaking, this is quite a good attempt to condense Irish history into a twenty-seven hour lesson.
This is a really good summary of some of the more complicated laws, theories and events we use currently to help us understand our universe. Thankfully there is little included that would require the listener to have a solid background in the physical sciences, and the analogies provided in the text assist competently in illuminating the theories that Hawking presents. From the elements to relativity or the age of the universe, or from Newton to Einstein and the more earthy events that influenced the great thinkers of the modern age, this publication really is great place to learn some of the basics about our anything but basic universe.
Good narrator, easy to listen to.
I'd be happy to recommend - I'm definitely going to listen to it again.