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Would you consider the audio edition of Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies to be better than the print version?
What other book might you compare Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies to and why?
This is a lecture series, but the first 1/4 of The History of the United States, 2nd Edition from The Great Courses might be considered to be comparable.
What three words best describe Professor Robert J. Allison’s voice?
So very slow.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There were no big gotcha moments. However, I did learn quite a lot that I did not know before. This was especially true in the sections on the non-British efforts to colonize various sections of America.
Any additional comments?
Professor Allison's narration was nearly unlistenable on x1.0 speed. There is no nice way to put it, his delivery was slow and ponderous. Under normal circumstances would not recommend listening to this particular series while driving. The good news is, the Audible.com playback speed can be adjusted. Sped up to x1.5 speed, the lecture series was enjoyable and scarily normal sounding. This made me wonder of the issue lies not with Allison, but with the postproduction process. Either way, once the speed was adjusted I found the lectures extremely interesting, bordering on riveting. I feel I must inform readers that I am a huge nerd when it comes to American history and my bias may be showing with the riveting comment, but nevertheless, I standby it. The lecture summaries and transitions were smooth, and they did not detract from the body of each lecture. I would wholeheartedly recommend the series, just don't forget to speed that player up.
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What made the experience of listening to Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies the most enjoyable?
I am researching the family tree in America from 1625 in Virginia and 1640 in New Hampshire. This series does a great job of describing each colony's progression and has explained migration issues and how native American blood lines entered the tree
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ben Franklin and Cotton Mather interactions
What about Professor Robert J. Allison’s performance did you like?
I could stay awake through his lectures any day
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
36 1/2 hour sessions
Any additional comments?
I have been through the material twice and still picking up info
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
Good factual and interesting history, I would suggest it for everyone. However if you're like myself (british) there is a few instances in which you may get a little ticked off.
he constantly refers to the british settlers in North America as 'the English'...even when referencing history after the act of union and when there are a good amount of Scottish and welsh migrants to north America.
His American bias shows here and there, ofcourse it ended with the obligatory 'benjamin Franklin was the greatest' and the obvious god bless americaisms...but there are many instances that he references how ignorant all the english settlers were, and then when he goes on to talk about someone interesting or someone who did something impressive, they conveniently become virginian, or Bostonian or a colonist or even a few times he calls them 'american'. He speaks with much more enthusiasm about any of the individuals who were involved with independence than he does with everyone else before that or who weren't involved in that event.
apart from these things, it was a great series of lectures and all the history was interesting and entertaining.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Prof. Allison delivers an excellent set of lectures here, adding so much perspective and light to the history of USA which so often is only reported back to the declaration of independence. Obviously theres a reason for that. But to really understand USA you need to look back to the establishment of the colonies and the life they led before independence. These lectures fill that gap admirably. The Professor has a distinct speaking style. He speaks with a pleasant voice in a slow, melodious, continuous manner embroidered with a sort of sing song emphasis on words and phrases. To my ear its pleasant and makes it easier to take in the narrative.
Being an Australian, I had limited knowledge of American history. This course really opened my eyes to how complex American society was back in colonial times. The lecturer is great, and stays mutual throughout, whilst telling the stories of Native Americans, slaves and the European settlers. I recommend this audiobook to any history buffs.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful