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By Byron Burrell on 13-07-17
A Journey Into the Past and a Hope for the Future
What made the experience of listening to American Serengeti the most enjoyable?
The thing that made this listening experience most enjoyable is the extensive research that was conducted. This information provides a picture into what ancient North America looked like, while also bringing you to the present. Most of all American Serengeti helps you to understand the diversity and beauty of the Great Plains.
What other book might you compare American Serengeti to and why?
Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind is the closest thing I can think of. I do plan on purchasing and listening to Coyote America by Dan Flores author soon.
What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?
A great job of keeping it interesting while not over embellishing any particular part of the book.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There seemed to be at least one moment of every chapter that "moved me." The book describes the history and decline of some of the most charismatic megafauna to walk the Great Plains. It doesnt matter if you are in the suburbs of Chicago or the Rocky Mountains of Colorado this book talks about how the Great Plains touched the lives of most Americans.
Any additional comments?
I first heard about The American Serengeti through the Meateater podcast. In listening to the podcast it was easy to see that Mr. Flores is well versed and knows what he is talking about. Upon hearing that Mr. Flores had a book I soon purchased American Serengeti and was not disappointing. Mr. Flores goes on to express his opinion in an eloquent and passionate way that leaves the mind to wonder what could have been and what will be.
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By K. Johnson on 16-07-18
Narrator Took His Sleeping Pills Before the Recording
I really want to rate this higher, because Dan Flores has compiled some incredible information in this book. But the narrator sounds like he learned to pronounce English without any understanding of the meaning of words or intonation. He’s essentially just speaking words into a mic the same way you might speak to a robot where voice inflection is irrelevant. If you’re deeply enthralled by the subject, then the bad narration probably won’t bother you. But if you are a mere mortal like me, then brace yourself.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful