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Salt Audiobook

Salt: A World History

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Publisher's Summary

So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

From its single origin, to the other discoveries made because of it, fascinating tales of salt and the people who have been involved with it through the ages are interwoven here. Fifteen recipes are included that will meet with every taste. Mark Kurlansky has produced a kaleidoscope of history, a multi-layered masterpiece that blends economic, scientific, political, religious, and culinary records into a rich and memorable tale.

Enjoy Mark Kurlansky's books? Listen to an interview with the author on To the Best of Our Knowlege.

©2002 Mark Kurlansky; (P)2002 New Millenium Audio, All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

"A piquant blend of the historic, political, commercial, scientific and culinary, the book is sure to entertain as well as educate." (Publishers Weekly)
"Kurlansky continues to prove himself remarkably adept at taking a most unlikely candidate and telling its tale with epic grandeur." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    Daniel M Edwards 05-12-15
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    "Surprisingly fascinating subject"

    Who would have thought that something we take greatly for granted today has played such a vital role in the shaping of our "civilization".
    Great job by the narrator.
    I will never look at salt in the same way again.

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    Catherine M Jones 04-27-15
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    "Good pick for new required reading"

    This book was a great history lesson. It appears that it was meant for cooks, but I see as a great venue for history teachers. Would recommend to anyone interested in or who teaches World Civilization. Having said that, I personally would have left off some of ancient the salted fish recipes.

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    Jen Astramowicz Aptos, CA USA 03-26-15
    Jen Astramowicz Aptos, CA USA 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Bland"

    A long run-on narrative of historical dates but with out flavor and dully narrated. I had higher expectations for this book

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    Kmarsh 03-21-15
    Kmarsh 03-21-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Only a partial story of Salt"

    This book is well written and was very enjoyable to listen to. However, I felt it left a huge gap of history of salt and perhaps was mostly focused on a European view. Where was the story of Timbuktu and the middle eastern salt trade? Where was the Maya and Aztec experience with Salt? I was disappointed it didn't cover more of the world.

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    Terapinrex 02-13-15
    Terapinrex 02-13-15
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    "Very detailed and great reader"

    It's a really good read. And it's one of those one element ties everything together books that actually works. The reader was perfect and his pronunciation of foreign words was amazing

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    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 05-12-14
    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 05-12-14
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    "A wonderful explained story across the centuries!"

    Well done.... linking the great stories into a historical tale of our history & food.... a multitude of times I said "Heck, is that why?".... enjoyed

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    Donald G. Dennis MD 01-31-14
    Donald G. Dennis MD 01-31-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Well seasoned history"
    What did you love best about Salt?

    Good history with numerous interesting anecdotes. Also, it covered the salt trade in Syracuse NY where I once lived and how Salt may have had an impact on ending the civil war,


    What other book might you compare Salt to and why?

    A History of the World in 6 Glasses, another look at how consumables have influenced society.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    It was a history, not a fiction, so "which character" makes no sense as a question.


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    Paul Bozeman, MT, United States 12-19-13
    Paul Bozeman, MT, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You bet, salt is life and it's very interesting to understand how it has played part in human society


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt?

    I don't know amount moments but I will never forget the fact that any town in England who's name ends in "wich" I.e. Norwich was originally a salt works


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ok. I like Scott brick, but he is a bit over dramatic for a book on salt. Having listened to him read the entire Dune series, sometimes it's a bit off putting to hear him talking about mundane topics


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Salt, it's salty"


    Any additional comments?

    If you cook, listen to this book. Maybe you'll appreciate salt a bit more

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    beth and chris philadelphia 11-25-13
    beth and chris philadelphia 11-25-13 Member Since 2015

    Beth reads books. She holds them in her hand and she turns the pages and reads the words. I download, plug in, and listen.

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

    this was great to listen to while commuting I don't think anyone should sit and listen to it all at once. there is just too much to hear and so much to google outside of the book.


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    Acteon 11-11-13
    Acteon 11-11-13

    Acteon

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    "Fascinating story"
    What did you love best about Salt?

    I learned a lot about a variety of things.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott Brick has a rather individual way of reading that I liked at the beginning because it was expressive and personal, but in time it could be irritating. Also, he has an unwarranted confidence in his pronunciation of French names/words that caused him to toss them off nonchalantly as if they were ordinary English ones. Though he clearly knows some French, his pronunciation is often sub-standard and on occasion erroneous (e.g., in French, the c in words ending in "-rc" is silent, as is the final "s" in plural words, and certain vowels at the end of words are pronounced clearly as separate syllables, e.g., "pays" is pronounced 'pay-ee' not 'pay'. In general, foreign names are a big problem in audiobooks, where we do not have them spelled out before our eyes. Someone who does not know French would in fact be absolutely unable to comprehend certain French names even if they were pronounced faultlessly. It would be a great help if audible.com would provide pdfs that list proper names (and bibliographical references), because even English names are not altogether evident when we only hear them. But what should a reader do? Of course, proper pronunciation is still better than faulty pronunciation. However, one cannot expect a reader to be fluent in a foreign language: a good working knowledge is already something. My recommendation to readers would be to go to the trouble of checking first either with a native speaker or online, and to slow down and enunciate as clearly as possible (at the on the first occurrence of a name or a word).


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth your while.

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