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  • The Spanish Conquest of the Americas as Recounted Largely by the Participants, Volume I
  • By: Kevin H. Siepel
  • Narrated by: Kevin H Siepel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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By: Kevin H. Siepel
Narrated by: Kevin H Siepel
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The Spanish Conquest: What really happened?

If you like to use your drive time for education by audiobook, consider this audiobook for widening and deepening your view of an event you studied briefly in school - the Spanish conquest of the Americas.

Conquistador Voices, which relies more heavily than most works of this kind on first-person accounts, neither glamorizes nor condemns the conquistadors. Somewhat in the manner of a modern film documentary, it treats the so-called conquest as an historical event that’s worth learning about for its own sake, with most of the moralizing left to the listener.

In two volumes, Conquistador Voices covers five high-profile personages and their respective roles in this epochal event. Vol I features the voyages of Christopher Columbus and the conquest of Mexico by Hernán Cortés, while vol II provides an in-depth look at the conquest of Peru by Francisco Pizarro, the years-long desert odyssey of Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, and the North American expedition of Hernando de Soto. Both volumes get deeply into details of Native American life in those times.

Spice up your drive time with this entertaining and educational audiobook excursion into the past.

©2015 Kevin H Siepel (P)2020 Kevin H Siepel

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An amazing story

The story recounted in this book is really engaging and fires the imagination. I had to stop several times and just think about how the people involved must have felt. The experiences of the people in this tragic and violent tale are brought back to life and can be shared all of these centuries later.

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  • Maria A. Hill
  • 19-07-22

Fascinating, shocking, a must read!

What an eye opener!! I wanted to refresh and deepen my knowledge of that time period. in return I unveiled an action packed epic story filled with adventure, war, death, hope... the best and worst of humanity. No heroes, no villains, yet fascinating lives.
excellent book, well organized content, well read (a bit monomotone). A must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-22

Viva la Cortes

Well done. Primary sources showed how the Spanish anihilated the Aztecs. Cortes had much ambition and gahones.

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  • Curtis Boyd
  • 14-05-22

Fascinating Era of Mindblowing Adventures told from First Person

I loved both of the volumes of these books and wish there were more for other explorers all over the world. While the narrator/author has a somewhat monotone cadence to his voice, I found it soothing and would get sucked into the stories , which were shocking to grasp had actually occurred.
My favorite stories were the Cortez and Pizarro adventures, based on how these explorers found and somehow masterminded the downfall of two of the most sophisticated civilizations in the Americas. The Cabeza de Vaca story is also insane— comes as explorer , turned into slave in Indian controlled US, then recognized as a spiritual healer before reuniting with the Spanish and starting a new adventure in Uruguay. These topics are super exciting to me but maybe I’m just a history nerd, but regardless it’s crazy stuff and you guys need to listen to both volumes it will blow your mind. Mr. Siepel please make more of these!!

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  • Liran Siso
  • 24-08-21

My opinion

Perhaps just my own personal preference, but narrator's voice is so monotonic and hard to listen to for a long time.
Storytelling is more on the informative end rather than entertaining. Although very informative indeed (hence the 2 stars).
I got this title after the superb "A land so strange" cause I wanted to learn more on the subject but there's no comparison.
My conclusion/recommendation, don't pay attention to high ratings and big titles, listen to the sample first and make sure you like the narration before anything else, as it made all the difference for me on this one.