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Where does Conquest of the Americas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the best.
What did you like best about this story?
The pace of the narrator's voice and the passion for the thoughts he delivers.
What does Professor Marshall C. Eakin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Passion for the discipline he teaches.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
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What would have made Conquest of the Americas better?
The Professor needs to seriously re-check his scholarship. Minor errors in facts might fly in a lecture, but not in a recorded medium. Tecun Umam was not the leader of the Quiche Kingdom. The concept of "race" is not wholly divorced from biology, although it remains a cultural construct.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Not another course by Eakin.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Yes, the course needs a narrator. Eakin stumbles over this words, stammers through his narration, and tries to land awkward jokes. He is not a talented narrator.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Few. The lecture on the Jesuits was not bad.
Any additional comments?
This is not a course on the "Conquest of the Americas." It is a course on 16th to 18th century European colonialism in the Americas. While somewhat related, colonialism is not conquest. They are not equivalent terms. The course needs to focus on the military encounters between Spain and the high cultures of Central and South America and their missteps in the Caribbean. The course needs an expert in that field, not a Brazilian historian.
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