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Topic: Which book to start with in the Gears' "People of the.." series

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Subject: Which book to start with in the Gears' "People of the.." series
Date Posted: 7/29/2013 6:51 PM ET
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I found my library has quite a few audio CD versions of the "The First North Americans" series by Michael and Kathleen Gear. I suppose there are better books of this genre but I'm into listening vs reading latey so I decided to try this series first.

I'm not sure which book to start with though. Is the first published book actually the one to read first?

I think the first written is "The People of the Wolf". Is this one the best to start with?

http://www.amazon.com/People-Wolf-First-North-Americans/dp/076536445X/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375130405&sr=1-7

I found this listing of the possible time frames of the various titles:

1. People of the Wolf is the earliest time in history [approx. 13,000 BC]
2. People of the Nightland [approx. 12,000 B.C.]
3. People of the Sea [approx. 11,000-10,000 B.C.]
4. People of the Raven [approx. 9,000-8,000 B.C.]
5. People of the Lightning [approx. 7,300 B.C.]
6. People of the Fire [approx. 7,200-7,000 B.C.]
7. People of the Earth [approx. 3,000 B.C.]
8. People of the Owl [approx. 2,000 B.C.]
9. People of the Lakes [approx. 1,000 B.C.]
10. People of the Masks [approx. 500-600 A.D.] (Iroquois/5 Civilized Nations ancestors)
11. People of the River [approx. 650 A.D.]
12. People of the Silence [approx. 600 A.D.]
13. People of the Weeping Eye-Pt.1 [approx. 750-800 A.D.]
14. People of the Thunder-Pt.2 [approx. 750-800 A.D.]
15. People of the Moon [approx. 900-1000 A.D.]
16. People of the Mist [approx. 1000 A.D.]

Thanks

Date Posted: 7/29/2013 9:40 PM ET
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Looks like a no brainer. of the wolf first.

Date Posted: 7/30/2013 9:14 AM ET
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I haven't read this series although it is on my list. I'd like to know what you think.

Date Posted: 7/30/2013 12:45 PM ET
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I have a few of them on my shelf and have been wanting to start them. I believe they are numbered in the series. I have People of the Wolf as the first one, I believe.
Date Posted: 8/3/2013 4:47 PM ET
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Yeah. People of the Wolf is the first one....and the one I have the CD's now to listen too,

The cd's are unabridged but apparantly have many different 'readers'. It's a reinactment with sound effects etc.

I'll report back once I get through a few cd's I want to finish another CD set first. I'm trying to not read so many books at the same time.

Date Posted: 8/6/2013 6:00 AM ET
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My hubby reads these and says order doesn't matter except for those that are in several parts (if that makes sense).  But I can see where reading them in order would give one a better sense of historical progress through the ages. 

Date Posted: 8/6/2013 3:15 PM ET
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Thanks.

I started listening and I'm about halfway through the first CD. I'm thinking the sound effects are somewhat overdone and too loud. Especially when a woman was giving birth. Yikes, that was terrible to listen to.