The Old Way: A Story of the First People (Unabridged) Audiobook

Narrated By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

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Length: 11 hours and 23 min.

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Tantor Media presents The Old Way: A Story of the First People audiobook in a downloadable format. This book was written by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and narrated by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.

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from Bozeman, MT said on Goodreads:

Very interesting book. Thomas compellingly describes the connection between these people and the land, weather, predators and prey, and each other, but she does so without a lot of sentiment. She doesn't mourn the loss of this way of life, and celebrates it in a very objective manner.

from Clifton Forge, VA said on Goodreads:

This book is a great look into the culture of the Bushmen of Namibia during a time when they still lived by "the old way."

from San Bruno, CA said on Goodreads:

I was amazed at how compellingly she told the story of evolution, arrowheads, hunting, and ancient religious beliefs. I will be reading all of her books.

from San Francisco, CA said on Goodreads:

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas makes anthropological observations deeply absorbing and relevant. I can't wait to read *Reindeer Moon* to my kids.

from Gibsonia, PA said on Goodreads:

Just couldn't get into this book. I might try again another time.

from The United States said on Goodreads:

Mentioned in The New Yorker 8/27/07

from The United States said on Goodreads:

Fascinating view of what "man" was like before living in cities--drawn from experiences of living among the Kalahari desert people. Has some interesting reflections on the purposes of altruism anthropologically--and other stuff. A good read.

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On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, @csamuels12 tweeted:

csamuels12 Bedtime readibg tonight? 'The Old Way' by Elizabeth Thomas Marshall about her time with the !Kung in the 1960s. I know you're jealous.


One of our most influential anthropologists reevaluates her long and illustrious career by returning to her roots – and the roots of life as we know it.

When Elizabeth Marshall Thomas first arrived in Africa to live among the Kalahari San, or bushmen, it was 1950, she was 19 years old, and these last surviving hunter-gatherers were living as humans had lived for 15,000 centuries. Thomas wound up writing about their world in a seminal work, The Harmless People. It has never gone out of print.

Back then, this was uncharted territory, and little was known about our human origins. Today, our beginnings are better understood. And after a lifetime of interest in the bushmen, Thomas has come to see that their lifestyle reveals great, hidden truths about human evolution.

As she displayed in her best seller, The Hidden Life of Dogs, Thomas has a rare gift for giving voice to the voices we don't usually listen to. She helps us see the path that we have taken in our human journey. In The Old Way, she shows how the skills and customs of the hunter-gatherer share much in common with the survival tactics of our animal predecessors. And since it is "knowledge, not objects, that endure" over time, Thomas vividly brings us to see how linked we are to our origins in the animal kingdom. The Old Way is a rare and remarkable achievement, sure to stir up controversy, and is worthy of celebration.

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