• Cro-Magnon

  • How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans
  • By: Brian Fagan
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-03-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (22 ratings)

Summary

Best-selling author Brian Fagan brings early humans out of the deep freeze with his trademark mix of erudition, cutting-edge science, and vivid storytelling.
Cro-Magnon reveals human society in its infancy, facing enormous environmental challenges - including a rival species of humans, the Neanderthals. For ten millennia, Cro-Magnons lived side by side with Neanderthals, an encounter that Fagan fills with drama. Using their superior intellects and tools, these ingenious problem solvers survived harsh conditions that eventually extinguished their Neanderthal cousins.
Cro-Magnon captures the indomitable adaptability that has made Homo sapiens an unmatched success as a species. Living on a frozen continent with only the most basic tools, Ice Age humans survived and thrived.
©2010 Brian Fagan (P)2010 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By Robert James Lamb on 25-02-16

A good general public book.

Too much imaginative speculation, too little hard evidence. A good story but not an academic book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Russ Varley on 07-04-13

Human prehistory brought to life

This book is a highly engaging exploration of how anatomically modern humans pushed out the Neanderthals using surprisingly small technological advances. The parts of the story which are related as a story of a meeting or hunting trip jar a little a thte beginning but they do add to the book greatly and, at their best, can really bring to life this era of human development.



If you have read Chris Stringer's "Homo Britannicus" the this is a must because it updates that story with new information.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 28-07-10

Interesting but speculative and repetitive

For the most part I enjoyed listening to this book. I was unfamiliar with the topic and thought I would give it a listen, and I feel I've learnt a fair amount about mans pre-history. However, I found great chunks of the book to be highly speculative with long story-like fantasies from the author about how he thinks daily life of the cro-magnon may have been. In other words, I think the book sacrifices some objective integrity in order to make it more easily accessible/readable.. (a mistake in my mind).

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 12-08-10

Fact and fiction

An interesting introduction to our current state of knowledge of our distant ancestors. However, don't expect only a discussion of facts drawn from recent archaeological studies. The author adds colour to the text by speculating well beyond what we know in the areas of social structure and human/neanderthal coexistence. Sometimes this is enjoyable, sometimes it taxes credulity.

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19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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