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This is a short book, only a little over an hour. I do appreciate brevity and have no qualms paying for a good, short book. My time is valuable. However, I have a number of problems with this book:
- It is more about the conquest of Tenochtitlan than about the city itself. There is very little context about other cities and cultures around central Mexico at the time. Many, many interesting stories, facts, and basic elements of life in Tenochtitlan were omitted.
- It has a number of significant omissions and errors. It's incomplete. I could have found more interesting data by reading Wikipedia and a couple online sources. I wrote better historic reports in high-school.
- The book just lists a bunch of facts, dates and events, with no story or correlation. There is no passion for the topic.
- Worst of all, the narrator is horrible. He has no idea how to pronounce they key names, starting with the title of the book: Tenochtitlan, nor most other Náhuatl names, not event names in Spanish like Velazquez. It's disrespectful. How can you trust a book about a topic when they can't properly even pronounce the most basic terms? The author cared so little about this book, they did not stop to talk to any of about 20 million people in the U.S. who could have properly taught them how to pronounce the title of the book. Hearing about Huitzilopotchtli in the book is ridiculous, the narrator can't even pronounce anything that sounds like it. Even the name of Cortéz is mispronounced. An insult to the incredible culture of the Aztecs and to history itself.
As someone who has lived in MexicoDF I found myself having to guess at many of the names as they were so badly mispronounced I wasn't sure what the reader was referring to. Otherwise a good brief history-