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.
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.