This book is well written and was very enjoyable to listen to. However, I felt it left a huge gap of history of salt and perhaps was mostly focused on a European view. Where was the story of Timbuktu and the middle eastern salt trade? Where was the Maya and Aztec experience with Salt? I was disappointed it didn't cover more of the world.
It's a really good read. And it's one of those one element ties everything together books that actually works. The reader was perfect and his pronunciation of foreign words was amazing
Well done.... linking the great stories into a historical tale of our history & food.... a multitude of times I said "Heck, is that why?".... enjoyed
Good history with numerous interesting anecdotes. Also, it covered the salt trade in Syracuse NY where I once lived and how Salt may have had an impact on ending the civil war,
A History of the World in 6 Glasses, another look at how consumables have influenced society.
It was a history, not a fiction, so "which character" makes no sense as a question.
You bet, salt is life and it's very interesting to understand how it has played part in human society
I don't know amount moments but I will never forget the fact that any town in England who's name ends in "wich" I.e. Norwich was originally a salt works
Ok. I like Scott brick, but he is a bit over dramatic for a book on salt. Having listened to him read the entire Dune series, sometimes it's a bit off putting to hear him talking about mundane topics
"Salt, it's salty"
If you cook, listen to this book. Maybe you'll appreciate salt a bit more
Beth reads books. She holds them in her hand and she turns the pages and reads the words. I download, plug in, and listen.
this was great to listen to while commuting I don't think anyone should sit and listen to it all at once. there is just too much to hear and so much to google outside of the book.
I learned a lot about a variety of things.
Scott Brick has a rather individual way of reading that I liked at the beginning because it was expressive and personal, but in time it could be irritating. Also, he has an unwarranted confidence in his pronunciation of French names/words that caused him to toss them off nonchalantly as if they were ordinary English ones. Though he clearly knows some French, his pronunciation is often sub-standard and on occasion erroneous (e.g., in French, the c in words ending in "-rc" is silent, as is the final "s" in plural words, and certain vowels at the end of words are pronounced clearly as separate syllables, e.g., "pays" is pronounced 'pay-ee' not 'pay'. In general, foreign names are a big problem in audiobooks, where we do not have them spelled out before our eyes. Someone who does not know French would in fact be absolutely unable to comprehend certain French names even if they were pronounced faultlessly. It would be a great help if audible.com would provide pdfs that list proper names (and bibliographical references), because even English names are not altogether evident when we only hear them. But what should a reader do? Of course, proper pronunciation is still better than faulty pronunciation. However, one cannot expect a reader to be fluent in a foreign language: a good working knowledge is already something. My recommendation to readers would be to go to the trouble of checking first either with a native speaker or online, and to slow down and enunciate as clearly as possible (at the on the first occurrence of a name or a word).
Definitely worth your while.
The story was interesting. I learned a lot. It was interesting to see the political, economic, and environmental impact that this common household product, had on world history. The one negative about the audio version of this book is that the text is broken up with recipes relevant to the chapters. While a reader can easily glance over the recipe, and skip to the next section of prose, the audio listener doesn't have that luxury, and the recipes for sour kraut and soy sauce are not very useful in audio form.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
airly interesting tome on how salt is at the root of all major historical events. While that might be an exaggeration on my part, this book certain contends that salt has played a more major role in our world's history than most of us are aware.
There are a few times where the book lacks a little, ummmmm, spice, and could use a dash of something to make it a bit more intriguing. However, those moments were rare and, in general, the book as an easy read well worth the time.
The narrator of the audio version does an excellent job
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I usually would not listen to an audiobook a second time, but I might go back to take notes on certain recipes. (Note the "recipes" I have heard so far are more like how-to's than actual recipes. The author describes several techniques employed by different cultures throughout history for preserving foods with salt. Super interesting!
Very clear enunciation, easy to listen to and follow.
I love the hundreds of interesting stories and anecdotes from history, all tied together with salt.
Who would have known a book about salt would be so interesting and thought provoking? After listening, you will have at least 20 cool stories or weird facts that you will be able to pull out at a dinner party and sound extra worldly and knowledgeable.