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Important book yet told in too many details

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-2020

I love Gerard Diamond’s books. Guns germs AB has steel was a real life changer for me and Collapse was delightfully fascinating. This book isn’t bad but is somewhat written more like a scientific paper than a non fiction book. At times the scope is too much e.g a lengthy chapter about climate change. It’s definitely important but should have been left out of scope. Also there are frequent references to tables yet no PDF with details is available. I had to find the physical book in a shop, take photos of the table and keep them on my phone for reference. Still a worthy book with an interesting point of view.

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Dan Carlin at his best!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-2020

Thought provoking, fascinating and absolutely wonderful!!! This book is a sort of summary of some of Carlin’s podcasts but offers a unique train of thought as he goes through history offering a grim yet important insight into the human psyche. I enjoyed every bit of it!!

Absolutely brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-2019

Epic journey, fascinating wonderful and terrible all at once. Love it. It really changed my world view and knowledge of history.

Fantastic review across the entire Chinese history

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-2018

If you could sum up From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History in three words, what would they be?

I've learnt lots!

What was one of the most memorable moments of From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History?

I knew very little about Chinese history prior and this series was a real eye opener.

What does Professor Kenneth J. Hammond Ph.D. Harvard University bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Tells the story in quite an interesting way. A bit too many "mmms" and "ahhhhs" between words and quite a few sighs along the way, but overall he does a great job at delivering this complex narrative of Chines history.

Any additional comments?

Could use a bit more colour when describing armed conflicts and could definitely benefit from more images and maps in the course PDF. Still - a very enjoyable and important course. Thank you!

Superb, Fascinating and wonderful!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-2018

What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

One of the most amazing part of world history that yet little is known about it. This book is truly an eye opener to one of the most interesting episodes in human history!! Written in a delightful way and narrated wonderfully, Love it!

What did you like best about this story?

The history itself. It's absolutely MIND BLOWING!

What does Jack Weatherford and Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Combining countless historical records in an interesting and fascinating way. This story is larger than life and I appreciate the effort that went into collecting all the pieces of the puzzle to tell a single coherent story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened to it on my daily commute over a total of a couple of weeks. But given the opportunity I would listen to it for longer periods.

Any additional comments?

MUST READ / LISTEN!

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Tech for the non technical

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-2016

Very up to date and colourful review of AR / MR and VR technologies including interesting insights to future applications. Very interesting and well written including examples from as recent as a few weeks ago (rare thing in tech books). Still seems a bit optimistic in nature when providing the classic 5-10 years predictions (these type of predictions are notoriously known for inaccuracy).
Also a bit more technical details wouldn't hurt.

But I'd definitely recommended this book though for anyone with any interest in this space, especially those with no technical background.