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Publisher's Summary

In Pilgrims and Puritans, the authors begin in the year 1620 in England and end in New England in the year 1676. The book recounts the religious, political, and social history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and its influence on our lives today. The narrative follows various groups of settlers from their departure from England through arrival in the New World and their often violent conflicts with the native peoples of the Americas. The authors examine a number of issues that arose in the new society that was founded and the rise and fall of the "city on a hill."

History is dramatic - and the renowned, award-winning authors Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier demonstrate this in the compelling Drama of American History series aimed at young readers. Covering American history from the founding of Jamestown through present day, these volumes explore far beyond the dates and events of a historical chronicle to present a moving illumination of the ideas, opinions, attitudes, and tribulations that led to the birth of this great nation.

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We need a Puritan revival

This country is lost and we really need a reform back to our Christian roots. Listen and learn!

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broad perspective

useful as relates to today ...traditions we may take for granted, traceable and fascinating, history more dynamic than fiction

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Well done short history

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A great beginning read that should be followed up on for a more wholistic understanding!

What was written:
The book states that it focuses on overarching themes and narrative, and it does this very well. The focus on storytelling is very well done and I recommend this as a good starting point for understanding the basic concepts of the period from the pilgrim and puritan perspective.

What was not written:
The book also states in the beginning that it is focused on the political and legal story of the time period, not as much the social. I also highly recommend, after reading this book, following it with other, more in depth, readings of the main figures and events as they relate to social evolution and the effects politics and laws had on various groups of people.

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very well written!

reading these series helps me understand our country more intimately and I so appreciate it!

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Honest and equal

An honest and equal recording of the Pilgrims and Puritans and the dealings with the Indians. A fair view of history.

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Please add series numbering

I’m enjoying them, for the most part. A few bits of the telling bring me up short, but that’s due to cultural timing.
The narration is succinct, as is the narrative. So far, as an overview of US history, this is top notch.

To ease the flow, please number the books as a series. Without it, there is no “up next”.

Pet peeve: the introduction shouldn’t be cheaper 1, and book chapter 1 shouldn’t be listening chapter two.

My quibbles are mostly technical. If someone wants History 101, or a refresher, I’d highly recommend it.

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Very informative… but not what I expected.

The subject matter is presented clearly and impartially. It’s a quick, but informative, history of the Puritans’ settlement of New England regions and their alliances/conflicts with Native Americans.

My personal expectation was a run-down of Puritan lifestyle at the time. Daily routines, etc.

The final chapter addresses the English settlers’ transition from religion-based establishment to land-based ambition. That was very interesting and more of what I was looking for.

I definitely recommend this audiobook. I will look for their other audiobooks on early American history.

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so over simplified as to be useless

This over simplified version of history omits so much that what remains is closer to misrepresentation than history. Do not waste your time or that of your children.

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excellent brief history must read for everyone.

I really enjoyed this book excellent history lesson gives you much to think about in our current cultural climate

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Awesome series!

Thank you to the reader and the brothers who wrote and read these books for us to enjoy. Just Awesome. REAL HISTORY!