Been listening to recorded books for over 15 years and have told many friends that Scott Brick could read me the phone book and I'd enjoy it. 'Salt' was interesting but was made fascinating by the talents of Brick. I am anxious to start both 'The Company' and "Alexander Hamilton' just to hear that slightly arrogant, always expressive voice. When I chose books, I search for his latest first. Keep him going!
This would be a good book to read, and skip the recipes. It would also be a good book to abridge. The premise is sound, the narration is good and there are many interesting parts. Unfortunately, there are too many digressions into real trivia, especially the recipes. One can take only so many detailed descriptions of herring salting options in 18th century Lithuania. Just when you think you can't take any more recipes, he starts another. In an audio format its hard to "flip ahead" to skip them. I had to give up before the end of part one.
The book Salt is a time-tested way to present the history of the world, i.e. pick a ubiquitous item, and use it as the common thread to trace every aspect of human history. The same historical literary formula would work as well by writing about gold, fabric, or even bricks. Great book, great history, even if a bit repetitive about the importance of salt to fish preservation. Highly recommended as a literary device for understanding our connections to all cultures. Be prepared to enjoy almost pure history.
Wow! I never imagined there could be so much written about salt! Which shows my ignorance of the importance it has played in our history. Overall the book was good but be prepared for many details that will demand your attention to get through...specifically the detailed recipes for salted fish and other things scattered throughout the book.
This is one of the rare books that might be a better listen in an unabridged version. It's quite interesting in places, but SOOOO exhaustive in scope that I was bored in other places. However, I now truly appreciate the monumental role that salt has played in world history.