Yes, it provides insights into the sweep of history that I never managed to absorb in high school history class, while at the same time providing interesting history and trivia on the beverages themselves.
Beer, but then I am biased. On the other hand, I found the section on beer to be one of the least compelling personally, but I believe this is primarily because I already knew much of the information provided on beer, while I'm a relative novice on the other five beverages.
The narration was decent but nothing to write home about. The strength of the audio format was in helping to wade through the initial pages. The book starts out fairly dry, and I would have had a harder time continuing had I been reading rather than being read to.
Not really, but it was enjoyable in chunks.
I you like history and beverages, this is a slam dunk. If you like one or the other, probably still worth giving this one a go.
I'd reccomend this book to lovers of history or the mechanically or technically inclined. If you're a combination of the two, this book will be very much right up your alley. It affords an entertaining way to expand upon both historical and technical knowledge.
A summing up of the book's premise via a historical Abraham Lincoln speech at the end of the epilogue.
There wasn't really one in particular, though describing Coke's marriage as the worst decision of his life does jump to mind.
Not particularly, this one lent itself to episodic listening quite well, as it is mostly pretty interesting, but isn't really plot driven in any significant sense.
The occasional authors notes tended to be a nice little bonus.
Unbroken moved me to tears on numerous occasions thoughout the book, which is not at all typical of an audiobook experience for me. Powerful story, powerfully written, pitch perfect narration.
This book really isn't comparable to anything else I've read or listened to. Non-fiction that unfolds like a dramatic novel, and gets away with implausibility that would be preposterous in fiction because the events actually happened.
The track races were told as if you we watching them live, really top notch.
I didn't want to stop listening, but doing so was probably for the best. It would be too emotionally exhausting all in one shot.
I strongly suggest you listen to this book.
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