Regular price: $52.95
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $52.95
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I was looking for an entry point to the study of how civilizations arose. This lecture series ended up going into significant detail about archeological methods and various early civilizations (much much more detail than I wanted). If you're looking for a basic intro to summarize basic archeology and how and in what context the major civilizations arose, this is not ideal. Though, I imagine for somebody who already has a basic understanding of ancient civilizations, this degree of detail would likely be welcomed.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Cutting the First 3 Hours. Scott repeats himself enough that pretty much anything of interest covered in those first 3 hours, is revisited again later when its more revenant.
Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?
Yes, but only because I have had several other positive experiences.
Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Scott MacEachern’s performances?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Origin of Civilization?
The first 6 Chapters.
Any additional comments?
Professor Scott MacEachern’s does not respect you or your time. The first 3 hours (6 lectures) of this course are on Archeological theory and personal anecdote. Professor Scott MacEachern knows that that students dislike how he presents this content, because he makes a Joke about it.
It's not only that the first 3 hours of this course are archeological theory, which is BARELY hinted at in the description of the course. It's that it includes a comparative the history of archeological theory with almost everything happening in the abstract.
Yes I get it the theory is important, but weave in in throughout the lecture. Introduce concepts at the same time it become relevant. Demonstrate the weakness of models in describing reality, don't just talk about them.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
Really interesting overview of the origin of prehistoric civilisations and the archaeological methods and theories of the rise of states.
This was my first download of the great courses series and I'm looking forward to listening to many more. I was surprised how well the half hour lecture format suits the way I use the audible app.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
In needs someone to narrate it rather than squawk
What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
they could have got someone with a capability to speak properly to narrate it
How did the narrator detract from the book?
squawking something that may or may not have been a book?
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Any additional comments?
I really cannot understand how audible have had the audacity to sell this
1 of 9 people found this review helpful