A fairly light course/audiobook (if it’s college-level as advertised, it’s 1st year stuff at most).
This lightness is, as one might guess, due to the breadth of topics. Millions of years of prehistory and coverage of many early civilizations insures shallowness. Since buckets of ink have been spilt on books on various civilizations, I think a better strategy would have been to have omitted the early civilizations stuff and focused on the more rapidly advancing field of prehistory and human evolution.
Fagan lectures from an eurocentric point of view. Understandable perhaps, but it nonetheless is annoying at times. Frequent references, for example, to the 1st century CE to “the time of Christ” add nothing and are probably a turn off to some. Calling the Spaniards who decimated the civilizations of the Americas “adventurers”, as if they were just some guys looking for fun times, left a bad taste in my mouth.
Finally, at 10 years old, some of the information is starting to show its age. Significant advances and discoveries in paleogenetics, archaeology, and historical linguistics have occurred in the decade since this course.
So, in the end, it’s probably worth it as an introduction, modulo the datedness, but for serious information find something more specific and current.