The Penguin History of New Zealand Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
This best-selling book, the triumphant fruit of careful research, wide reading and judicious assessment, is the unchallenged contemporary reference on the history of New Zealand.
New Zealand was the last country in the world to be discovered and settled by humankind. It was also the first to introduce full democracy. Between those events, and in the century that followed, the movements and conflicts of human history have been played out more intensively and more rapidly in New Zealand than anywhere else on Earth.
The Penguin History of New Zealand tells that story in all its drama. The narrative that emerges is an inclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that British motives in colonising New Zealand were essentially humane; and that Maori, far from being passive victims of a 'fatal impact', coped heroically with colonisation and survived by selectively accepting and adapting what Western technology and culture had to offer.
Platinum Premier New Zealand Best Seller Readers' Choice Award
2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards
Nielsen Bookdata New Zealand Book Sellers' Choice Award - Best of the Best, 2011
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 21 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||23 April 2021|
|Publisher||Penguin Random House New Zealand Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 9,864 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
45 in Australian, New Zealand & Oceanic History
108 in History of Australia & New Zealand
108 in Social History
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Give this book a miss and read "The Great Divide: the story of New Zealand & its Treaty" instead.
i) Larger and better maps. The ones provided are extremely difficult to decipher
ii) The inclusion of regional maps. Many places and sites are referred to which are not on the already inadequate maps, and if you have no, or little, knowledge of the country, you cannot possibly place them in context
iii) A glossary of Maori terms. Unless you are a dyed in the wool Kiwi, it is impossible to remember all the terms and names, and very difficult to refer back to the original explanation.
iv) More illustrations. Photos or drawings of the main characters and/or events would have been both helpful and make the whole book easier to read.
Top reviews from other countries
It's taken me a year to get around to reading it - but once started, I read it in a week (and it's a big book, covering a huge subject). Fascinating, endlessly readable, and I was absolutely shocked by the fact that the author, erudite and knowledgeable as he obviously was, and able to put the story into layman's terms and still make it all interesting ... had died in a car accident only about a year after this book's publication.
For anyone wanting more than an overview, but not so dry an historical tome as such a history might present, I can only recommend highly. A more knowledgeable person might well be able to pick holes in it, but it gave me what I was looking for.
I must say, I found all the kiwis I met delightful - friendly and helpful, and this book goes a long way to showing me why they are like this. I don't usually write reviews, or indeed, buy anything but free kindle books these days as I have so many to read already, but I made an exception for this, and it is was well worth the purchase.
I’ve just emigrated to NZ so wanted to know more about the history and culture. Certainly the book helps you understand and appreciate the importance of the different cultures and how they have imperfectly integrated.
Personally I need to find additional background on the evolution of the culture, politics and economy since the millennium.
The book itself refers to many historical names of people and places. This will be useful for students but is superfluous if you are looking for a quick overview. The inclusion. of in each chapter would have been more informative.
If you don’t need a detailed history and instead need a quick overview then maybe another book would suit you better.