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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Freedman Narrator: L. J. Ganser Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780739356746
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Historians still agree about the date of Columbus’s voyage. But did this European adventurer discover America? We now know that certain explorers from other parts of the globe set foot on American shores long before 1492–and that others may have done so. And “discovery” takes on a different meaning when the new land already has people living in it.

As artifacts are unearthed and analyzed, the story of human presence in the Americas continues to unfold. Looking deeper and deeper into the past, acclaimed nonfiction writer Russell Freedman tells this evolving story, touching on such evidence as Viking runes, Chinese legends, Mayan stonework, and mysterious objects found in New England. Thoroughly researched and impeccably documented, Who Was First? is a compelling account of many discoverers of the Americas. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/18/2014

    " A short history of the different cultures that "discovered America" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/3/2014

    " This is a nicely illustrated and researched book that describes the voyages of Columbus and other people who arrived in the Americas before him, or who may have. Entertaining and enjoyable, but from Freedman I wanted a little more to tie the chapters together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Anderson | 11/1/2013

    " Audio book : Very good, informative, fun and short. The last chapter of the audio was not as good as the other 2/3 but over all I had fun with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny Churchill | 8/6/2013

    " This book discovers who really discovered the americas "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancee | 7/20/2013

    " Freedman excels again. A fascinating look at the three most popular theories of who discovered America -- Columbus, the Chinese, Lief Erickson, followed by an examination of the most current archaeological research about early humans on the continent and how they (the real discoverers) came here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Obert | 2/21/2013

    " This was one of the books I read while doing research on the history of New England (and America in general.) The book is well written and is fully illustrated. Its target audience is young adults but I still found the book fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 4/14/2012

    " I learned a lot of facts I didn't know, but I think it was almost too much to take in on audio. I would like to reread it in print. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Cook | 12/15/2011

    " A chapter on European, Asian, Norseman and their explorations; as well as a chapter on Native Americans (north and south America). All views and versions are represented allowing the reader to question and come to conclusions. Great pictures and maps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/29/2011

    " LJ Ganser is my new favorite narrator. I loved his voice in this non-fiction explorers tale, though at times my mind strayed away from the details... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 10/22/2011

    " Well-written. Informative. A nice review of America's different discoveries. Great for ages 12 and up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/11/2011

    " A good update to my dated knowledge of the beginnings of the Americas and summary of current(ish) research. Covers 50,000 years ago to Columbus in a very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 4/8/2011

    " You just can't go wrong with Russell Freedman! This book summarizes current findings on how the Americas were discovered and peopled. I found it highly interesting and leaving me wanting to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 11/1/2010

    " Audio book : Very good, informative, fun and short. The last chapter of the audio was not as good as the other 2/3 but over all I had fun with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 11/23/2009

    " Well-written. Informative. A nice review of America's different discoveries. Great for ages 12 and up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 9/3/2009

    " This was one of the books I read while doing research on the history of New England (and America in general.) The book is well written and is fully illustrated. Its target audience is young adults but I still found the book fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/6/2009

    " A chapter on European, Asian, Norseman and their explorations; as well as a chapter on Native Americans (north and south America). All views and versions are represented allowing the reader to question and come to conclusions. Great pictures and maps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 5/31/2009

    " This book discovers who really discovered the americas "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 5/26/2009

    " I learned a lot of facts I didn't know, but I think it was almost too much to take in on audio. I would like to reread it in print. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/17/2009

    " A short history of the different cultures that "discovered America" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 4/13/2008

    " You just can't go wrong with Russell Freedman! This book summarizes current findings on how the Americas were discovered and peopled. I found it highly interesting and leaving me wanting to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/14/2008

    " This is a nicely illustrated and researched book that describes the voyages of Columbus and other people who arrived in the Americas before him, or who may have. Entertaining and enjoyable, but from Freedman I wanted a little more to tie the chapters together. "

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About the Author
Author Russell Freedman

Russell Freedman is the distinguished recipient of the Newbery Medal, several Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award for his body of work. His many nonfiction titles include The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights and Children of the Great Depression. He travels widely to research his books but he makes his home in New York City.

About the Narrator

L. J. Ganser is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration for his work in The Island at the Center of the World. He has recorded over 450 titles recorded to date. Prized for versatility, he has narrated projects ranging from preschool picture books to crime noir thrillers, from astronomical adventures in both science and science fiction, to Arctic Circle high-school basketball stories.