I will definitely be listening to A History of the World in 6 Glasses again and potentially buying the Kindle or paperback version to accompany it. I loved the facts and history so much I want to go annotate the book!
While not exactly a scene since this book is non-fiction, I most enjoyed the first portion discussing the invention/discovery of beer and its influence on agriculture and the first thriving civilizations. My second favorite portion was about rum and its influence on the early United States.
I loved the overview and seeing how these six major beverages have tied human history together, but now I definitely want a full novel covering each. Tom Standage does excellent research and makes excellent choices about the chronology of his story.
It is in a category of its own.
It is similar to Big History but a little more focused.
I am not sure if I have listened to any of his other performances before.
It is a fun way to look at history. It is not your typical droning history book.
Of presenting world history like this but I couldn't really get into it for some reason and I feel like it was the dry manner in which the narrator presents the book. Altogether an interesting listen that falls a little flat but worth the time and money.
The author found a way to weave a great story out of historical facts. As a lover of both alcohol and caffeinated drinks I was fascinated by their origin and importance in the development of our cultures. Great read!
"A history of the World in 6 glasses" is an absolutely fascinating book. One of the most unique and interesting books I have read in some time. The author, Tom Standage, does an excellent job at describing both the history of the drinks and more importantly how each one of them impacted the evolution of mankind in a unique way. Narration was excellent. It really is amazing to think about how and why the development and evolution of cities and cultures were impacted from such ordinary drinks. The ending of the book ties everything together very neatly, how things have almost come full circle for a completely different set of circumstances. It really makes you think. If you enjoy traditional history books, you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
I thought this might be a bit more of a "light" listen, but it really read more like a history book. Not awful, but not what I expected.
As one of my biggest surprises. I was looking for a mildly interesting book to listen to as I prepared to go to sleep. This book was far to interesting to fall asleep to. I found myself listening intently as the world was changed by a simply cup of tea or coffee.
The layout of the story. Each beverage is given it's due and the timelines criss-cross to weave a tapestry of how the work was changed by beer used as a clean source of water and how tea actually lead to a company ruling India.
This could have been the driest, dullest book in my library with the wrong narrator. But Sean brings the subject matter to life. He isn't being overly dramatic, he's making the book flow.
No. I just really liked it a lot.