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Summary

The Spanish conquest of the Americas in the sixteenth century was one of the most important and cataclysmic events in history. Spanish expeditions endured incredible hardships in order to open up the lands of the 'New World', and few stories in history can match these for drama and endurance.

In Conquistadors, Michael Wood follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest of the Spanish adventurers, travelling from the forests of Amazonia to Lake Titicaca, the deserts of North Mexico, the snow peaks of the Andes and the heights of Machu Picchu. He experiences the epic journeys of Cortes, Pizarro, Orellana and Cabeza de Vaca, and explores the turbulent and terrifying events surrounding the Spanish conquest of the Aztec and Inca empires.

©2000 Michael Wood (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Brilliant submersion into the New World

Absolutely loved this book. Quotes from primary texts brilliant woven into the narrative with breathtaking effect. Really took you back to the time and place of both the Spanish and Native cultures. The end becomes slower paced but the change in tone is very poignant.

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A sad history of human nature

A well told but very sad narrative on the desolation of the indigenous peoples of the American continent.
Part of western history that's not told in great detail, probably due to guilt and embarrassment .
A gripping story.

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Very engaging and accessible

I would give the narrator 6 stars if I could. His reading of Montezuma's speech gives me goosebumps

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Good listen, not much new in the topic though

I enjoyed listening Conquistadors. At some part the subjective views of the writer was quite annoying though - yes, Spaniards did indeed a lot of nasty things to the indigenous people that caused suffering, however he seems to forget that it may have been perfectly normal to be hostile with people that were cutting out human hearts under demonic faced statues whilst outnumbered.. it may be a perfectly natural reaction, having come from an ultra-religious country.
Otherwise it was worth the listen.

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Entertaining & immersive historical tale

A very good, eloquent, well-written popular history of the Spanish Conquest of the Americas.

Michael Wood has a knack for making his subject accessible without trivialising or dumbing it down in the process.

Breaths life into an area that occasionally can become tedious and dull if not sprinkled with a little spice from the novelist's art.

Could do without some of the moral conclusions, which ought to be left to the province if the reader. The only gripe about the work, other than I would have preferred a more expanded version.

The narration was excellent.

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Another white guilt narrative

The author whilst describing Cortez killings in minute details ignore the death cult of the Indians and disrespect of human life that can be seen still today. Describing human sacrifice as a note, he totally ignore the cruel tradition and trade in human sacrifices. The victims didn't popped out from a hat. Villages had to be raided, women and kids enslaved and murdered and men resisting capture killed.. The author's hate of Cortez is clear.. Compared to how the English treated the North American tribes he was an angel..

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A good read

This is a challenging and humbling account of the Spanish conquest. It is more than just a history, rather a journey, both personal and human.

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easy listening and informative

for anyone who disliked history lessons, this book gives an insight into what happened when the Spanish invaded south America and destroyed a way of life enjoyed by the indiginous people.

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Brilliantly researched

Woods has brilliantly researched an area of lost history. Enjoyed the book by h

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Finding The Other

Fascinating account of discovery and self-discovery.

I will buy another audiobook from this author.

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Fascinating history well narrated

Michael Wood is pretty well known for his "In Search of" or "In the Footsteps of" works and tv series. Though I haven't seen the tv series attached to this book, I found this simply fascinating, not to mention devastating. To think of what might have been...

Michael Wood writes lyrically, almost romantically at times and, even for a history book I never got bored. Telfer's narration is great - serious but with emotion, not to mention a wonderful voice. To my meager knowledge, his pronunciation of Spanish and names of American natives seems accurate.

I'm would recommend getting the book for this as well - some lovely illustrations as well as photographs of places.

I'm off to find another Michael Wood now... maybe Troy or Alexander...