I would try another book by Tom, but not narrated by Sean. Sean's delivery is very monotone and dry.
I love all of these beverages, so hearing the history of them and how they affected our world was a pleasure!
I am not as familiar with the variety of narrators, but the delivery was very monotone and dry. This topic should be sparked with enthusiasm, so any narrator with a bit more passion in his/her voice would have been better. Still worth the listen.
can't see this book as a movie at all
I have been talking to all my friends about this book every since I read it. Fascinating concept and one that really provides a great review of world history as well as some astounding trivia about the beverages you find yourself drinking regularly. Makes for great party conversation!
You should enjoy history books, but even if you don't, this is a very interesting book that is both compelling and informative.This story was well reviewed, but even then it was a well crafted "history" book that brings the context of various beverages into highly interesting context. I guess that it would be all too easy for the author to claim that all of the world is ruled by what they drink. But care is taken not to go over the top on that claim.
I think that the construction of the story is very much like a novel. Three alcoholic beverages followed by three caffeine containing beverages was interesting. The volume of alcohol routinely consumed by early man - probably a life saver from a public health perspective given early sanitary conditions - was staggering and revealing. Was the age of enlightenment and industrial revolution fueled by caffeine? Some of the historical speculation is just fascinating.
There are no real "characters" in this book. It is a book of facts well woven into an interesting theme.
Not really an applicable question for this book. It is a solid "story" from start to finish.
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.