"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.
This is the best book I have read/listen to in a long time. This is a entertaining and complete world history where each part is dedicated to the dominant drink of that era.I did not expect this book to be so detailed. A lot of research has gone into this book, and a lot of attention has been given to the storyline.The performance of the reading was also excellent.
The book has a nice description of the Boston Tea Party. You relay feel that you understand the conflict in a new light.
Delightful, informative, stimulating
He reads clearly and at a good speed, and has a pleasant voice. An excellent reader.
It made my brain feel more alive.
A must for anyone with an interest in how our most common drinks -- beer, wine, coffee, tea, cola -- came into our lives and their often surprising influence in shaping history. Recommended!
The history is interesting, but the premise does not hold up. It is probably worth it to listen to the book to learn about different things in history. However, the premise and even most of the stories are over sold. The author presents these drinks are made the center of civilization rather than an interesting part of periods.
This book was occasionally tedious, but overall I'm glad I listened. I learned lots of little tidbits (sips?) of history as related to each beverage. The author tied each drink into its historical period without lapsing into overstating its importance to world events. Surprisingly, I learned the most about the most recent one - Coca Coca - and in the epilogue he muses about drinks in the future.