Excellent research into why the drinks came and went, and I now have random interesting facts about the different drinks
I bet not many people know the history of drinks they have every day. The book is well structured with many fascinating and little known facts about most popular beverages. I you listen to a small random segment, you wouldn't know it is about beer/wine/etc. In short, the content is very interesting for those who like trivia, history and such. I couldn't believe how much the history of drinks was intertwined with general history.
Now about performance - there wasn't any. Just reading. I couldn't help thinking that the narrator ran a marathon after a few days of sleep deprivation before turning up to the recording studio. Eventually I got used to the monotonous and sleepy narration, but the book suffered from the "performance".
An enjoyable journey through many countries with all the facts that you never knew about the various liquids we embrace and enjoy today. Very well researched and written with sound knowledge. It was a guided tour of how they were discovered and why the production became so important. I will take this enjoyable journey several times more with the fine Narrative of Sean Runnette. Fascinating read from beginning to the very end. I thank Tom Standage for this fine book. A must read...
The liquid journey through the centuries and all it's changes.
Amazing info on Water
Simply a great enjoyable book.
Yes, it provides insights into the sweep of history that I never managed to absorb in high school history class, while at the same time providing interesting history and trivia on the beverages themselves.
Beer, but then I am biased. On the other hand, I found the section on beer to be one of the least compelling personally, but I believe this is primarily because I already knew much of the information provided on beer, while I'm a relative novice on the other five beverages.
The narration was decent but nothing to write home about. The strength of the audio format was in helping to wade through the initial pages. The book starts out fairly dry, and I would have had a harder time continuing had I been reading rather than being read to.
Not really, but it was enjoyable in chunks.
I you like history and beverages, this is a slam dunk. If you like one or the other, probably still worth giving this one a go.
Once I stopped expecting a history of the beverage and realized that the author was summarizing aspects of world history as affected by the beverage I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed the later material more so I think it helps to have a background understanding of the history to proivde context. A fun book.
Learning how society and drink flow together.
learning the different aspects of beer, wine, whiskey, brandy, and soda pop!
Sean used his voice very well to accent interesting facts about each of the six glasses.
This book made me go (wow, really, that is cool) I enjoyed all of this book.
Perhaps because the origins had more actual source material, I found the final three beverages more interesting to hear about.
It was a very interesting idea to follow the drinks that changed the world from beer to wine to coffee,tea,cola and now
Yes. I will read the Victorian Internet sometime soon.
Yes..he was ok.
I thought this was a very unique approach to history, and it was fun.
unique perspective on history and challenge for further cultural development
The epilogue-civilization comes full circle back to water
Wonderfully organized and detailed historical facts presented from perspective of fluids-essential element to life
How the author made the history of the world dependent on our social drinking habits
Tea. I drink from 4 to 10 cups per day and it was fascinating the role it played in history
Early on, flat.
Coffee, tea or milk or ...
I think this book would have been very hard to read because of the dryness of the first few chapters but as an Audible book it was perfect to have it read.