1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Charles C. Mann, Author , read by Peter Johnson. HighBridge Audio $34.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-56511-978-9

This production is—as most nonfiction audios ought to be—a "reading" as distinct from a "performance." Johnson renders this thoroughly researched, well-written history of early North and South American Indian populations in a strong, clear voice, with excellent intonation. His diction is almost too perfect—one occasionally focuses on pronunciation rather than content. Most of the book is written in narrative form that sweeps listeners through an exciting rethinking of all we ever learned about when so-called Indians first inhabited the American continents and how they may have come here, about their numbers, religions, cultures, inventions, social structures and their relations to European invaders and settlers. When Mann relates the internecine battles among schools of anthropologists and archeologists, however, the listener might wish he had the book in hand for clarity. It might be wise from the start to make a list of the numerous Indian and European individuals and groupings. This audiobook is well worth the trouble. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Reviews, June 20). (August)

Reviewed on: 09/05/2005
Release date: 09/01/2005
Genre: Audio
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-56511-977-2
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-60812-730-6
Hardcover - 480 pages - 978-1-4000-4006-3
Open Ebook - 405 pages - 978-0-307-27818-0
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