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.
I have not read the book so cannot comment
There were so many different facts about the way that beverages had been consumed,made and enjoyed over the decades, centuries, and millennia. There were a lot of social/historical aspects of the drinks also that were fascinating. It gave me a new perspective on consuming beverages of all types and a much more thorough history that is behind each beverage
I felt the audio book was quite entertaining and it was fun to listen to.
I personally enjoyed this book tremendously. It had so many different fascinating aspects of the beverages that most of us consume in one form or another. It also pointed out a lot of the social aspects that were associated with each beverage and from now on it will be hard for me to consume any beverage without thinking about where it has come from and the history behind it.
Again a really fun audio to listen to
Going through the ages with a drink in your hand (or head) is a fun way to go through history.
the last two parts are a bit too long and detailed, making them a bit of a bore. but all in all a fun read!
Highly recommended. Very interesting and informative. The historical significance of these drinks was a big surprise. Well worth the credit.
The book's content itself is interesting. However, the audio delivery reminds me of a college class I took on Copernicus and his persecutions and the college prof presenting the course. I still wake up screaming.
Teeth grindingly flat presentation
The book is truly fascinating. Lot's of great facts about history, great storytelling and narration. Couldn't recommend more.
During the first hour or so, I was wondering if I had made a poor choice by getting this book, but once we got beyond the first "glass" and into the second, it got much more interesting. From that point on, the details, connections, and side notes make this a fascinating story to follow. I learned a lot of trivia about how different drinks became popular and influenced social development and history in the process.
This is not a "stretch" to force history to fit the author's title. He does not overstep the influence that each drink has or has not had. It is just another fascinating way to look at the trends of history from a new angle.
It is well told and well worth the listen!
A History of the World in 6 Glasses
2.5 stars The loosey goosey logical leaps and lunges made me drop a star.
With a limited respect, or really even a nod towards logic Tom Standage takes one on a fun romp through history utilizing broad generalizations and sweeping rationalization to make points about how the various drinks mankind has preferred have effected human history.
Beer, wine, coke, tea, coffee and water.
Some historical points are well made, i.e. the addition of lemon to the mixture grog for English sailors did make them healthier than their wine swilling French counterparts, as they were not riddled with scurvy (probably syphilis, the clap and other things, but not scurvy)
It was entertaining, not particularly serious. Let us say a peek at history via a very narrow tunnel.
Excellent research into why the drinks came and went, and I now have random interesting facts about the different drinks