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Anne

SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1522)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1303)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Fascinating history, read very quickly"
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    Where does A History of the World in 6 Glasses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High on the nonfiction list.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World in 6 Glasses?

    The way the stock exchange and coffee houses were interconnected.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Runnette?

    Probably not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A fascinating look at various points in history, as defined by the beverages of the time. I'd heard many of the stories behind beer, wine and distilled spirits before, but the coffee, tea and cola stories were mostly new to me, and therefore more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Peter Hook
    • Narrated By Peter Hook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of alternative rock, they reinvented music in the post-punk era, creating a new sound - dark, hypnotic, and intense - that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead, and numerous others. The story is now legendary: In 1980, on the heels of their groundbreaking debut, Unknown Pleasures, and on the eve of their first U.S. tour, the band was rent asunder by the tragic death of their enigmatic lead singer, Ian Curtis.

    Andrew says: "Like sitting next to Hooky in a bar..."
    "Moving biography of a friend"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unknown Pleasures to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but the author's narration of the audio version I believe must have added a lot to the text. It doesn't sound so much as if he's reading, but telling a story.


    What other book might you compare Unknown Pleasures to and why?

    Other biographies and autobiographies read by the author.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never listen to a book in one sitting, but I listened to this one every chance I got.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (565)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Great story, wonderful narration"
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    If you could sum up The Family Fang in three words, what would they be?

    Unusual, twisted, fascinating


    What other book might you compare The Family Fang to and why?

    Geek Love - also deals with a very unusual family in which the parents' motives are questionable.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voices for the characters - they really came to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Family Fang and why?

    Buster - he's an odd, lovable character.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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