This book has lead me on a further journey of discovery. Have just finished Salt which is a look at the influence of salt on the development of nations.
"Salt", because it looks at the influence of salt on historical trends and events. Am also looking at Fermenting Revolution which is the story of beer from an historic angl
I really enjoyed this audiobook. It starts with a quote that says something along the lines of there are no true histories of the human race, only various histories of human activity. This book puts forward an amazing history of the human race through the lens of our beverages. I have been dropping these facts on my wife for three weeks. She's been kind of astounded by the change in worldview that this book is brought about in me. I've been delighted by the stories, which are fast-paced and informative. Just the right balance of information and example..
The role of beer in establishing the first settlements of mankind. I know it's a little speculative, but it made tons of sense and was really awesome to think about.
The pacing is really excellent. I never once thought that I'm listening to an audiobook, more that I'm listening to a story.
I was really shocked at the description of the early coffee houses in England and how much that contributed to the rise of the Enlightenment. I mean, this is like our entire worldview came from this one social experience, which had at its core the imbibement of a slightly stimulating drink. We are amazing creatures.
A great listen! If you like history and science and social theory, this book is gonna be awesome for you.
I enjoyed this "guided tour" through history. Only six beverages and I have a better understanding about the differences and the similarities between world cultures. Enjoyed listening to Sean Runnette. What must have been a jigsaw puzzle for the author was enlightening - painless learning one might say!
Interesting historical perspective
"Beer" was certainly the best character of the 6.
The realization that much of humanity may have been steered based on the ability for people to get drunk.
Great look into how drinking of all kinds likely had a major part in defining humanity and progressing as a species.
My husband and I enjoyed learning about the roles various beverages had in shaping history. We had never thought about how various drinks came into being or how they or the plants from which they were derived became sources of power for different countries and led to laws, struggles, and even wars. It gave us a new understanding of the history of the world and an appreciation for the things we drink. I'll never look at tea the same after realizing that, in bygone eras, society's elite might have been unwittingly sipping animal excrement in addition to tea leaves!
His narration is great. You must trust the reviewers feedback on this.
It made me wonder how drinks are tied to the development of mankind. Sources of joy and at the same time pain. We learn the importance of healthy drinks in lives of ancient people and how it determined world geopolitics towards current times. Amazing is that the author begins and ends with the most crucial of all drinks: water! Meaning he has all the material put together in a logical and well-thought manner.
This is a great read (or listen) for the an entry level history enthusiast. It provides an integrated macro view (rather than detailing on micro issues) of human development. Its depth and breadth is suitable for a quick cover up of most important historical highlights and after it you'll not look dumb when your archeologist friends rock on the argot.
Fun and informative, such an interesting way to view history. I felt so much more connected to our history since I've experienced the main drinks discussed. I listened to the book over a few days and each time I was enjoying one of the drinks discussed I kept thinking about how much has happened with this drink in hand.
I think the overall arc of the story is what is most memorable more so than a specific element. The organic and connected nature of each of these drinks and how each one aided the human spirit and how they impacted history.
I wasn't a fan of the narrator, there's nothing in particular I could pinpoint as to what I disliked. I just kept thinking that this wasn't the right person to read this book. Maybe he sounded to young... I think I would have preferred hearing someone older read 'A History of the World in 6 Glasses'.
No, but I rarely listen to a book in one sitting.
The narrator was definitely skilled and added to the audio experience, although I didn't read the print version so I don't have much to compare to.
I would recommend it, especially for intellectual types and drinkers who never really put much thought into cultural reasons and norms behind reaching for a beer, wine, tea, cola, etc. For people who enjoy learning and questioning the world around them, this will certainly be an easy read. Otherwise, it might start to get dry and read like a textbook if you're expecting an entertaining thrill-ride - if you're not 100% invested in the reading while you have your headphones in, it's easy to zone out and miss entire portions of the book.
Mr. Runnette does an excellent job reading and relaying the history of the drinks in the book - like having a skilled history teacher who genuinely sounds interested in the material, it helps listeners get drawn in too. Although sometimes, not even a skilled reader can make otherwise dense or dry material seem anything else. That is a rarity though for this book.
No real extreme reactions, just a lot of interesting facts and tidbits to share with friends and bring out at cocktail parties.
I do not have the print version so I cannot honestly answer this question. I chose this title to listen to while flying and enjoyed it.