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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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    Prince 10-14-13
    Prince 10-14-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Interesting story but recipes got in the way"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Salt to be better than the print version?

    The story was interesting. I learned a lot. It was interesting to see the political, economic, and environmental impact that this common household product, had on world history. The one negative about the audio version of this book is that the text is broken up with recipes relevant to the chapters. While a reader can easily glance over the recipe, and skip to the next section of prose, the audio listener doesn't have that luxury, and the recipes for sour kraut and soy sauce are not very useful in audio form.


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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 10-03-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2016

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "A dash of goodness"

    airly interesting tome on how salt is at the root of all major historical events. While that might be an exaggeration on my part, this book certain contends that salt has played a more major role in our world's history than most of us are aware.

    There are a few times where the book lacks a little, ummmmm, spice, and could use a dash of something to make it a bit more intriguing. However, those moments were rare and, in general, the book as an easy read well worth the time.

    The narrator of the audio version does an excellent job

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    Curtis Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 09-05-13
    Curtis Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 09-05-13 Member Since 2013

    Joe Rogan sent me here

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    "about halfway through & taking the time to rate..."
    Would you listen to Salt again? Why?

    I usually would not listen to an audiobook a second time, but I might go back to take notes on certain recipes. (Note the "recipes" I have heard so far are more like how-to's than actual recipes. The author describes several techniques employed by different cultures throughout history for preserving foods with salt. Super interesting!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Very clear enunciation, easy to listen to and follow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love the hundreds of interesting stories and anecdotes from history, all tied together with salt.


    Any additional comments?

    Who would have known a book about salt would be so interesting and thought provoking? After listening, you will have at least 20 cool stories or weird facts that you will be able to pull out at a dinner party and sound extra worldly and knowledgeable.

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    augustine 08-24-13
    augustine 08-24-13
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    "Like salt, this book continually reshapes itself."

    Patience is needed with this book. Like a salt crystal, this book continually reshapes itself and the listener must allow some discretion for the constant reorganization. Is the book a fanciful historical cookbook? Is it a chemistry book for non science majors? Perhaps it is a book of history.

    It is actually all of these, and therein lies the dilemma when trying to listen to it. It is a difficult book to pin down, because like salt it changes and with each change, you marvel for a bit until the next change. You might be glad for the change or you might be left wishing that the author had spent more time on the topic.

    I found the book fascinating and filled with interesting facts. That world history, governmental policy and commerce has been shaped by salt production is a fact that is driven time and time again by "Salt". Much like current day oil policy, salt once reigned supreme.

    The narration is excellent with just the right mixture of nuanced innuendo and dry commentary. It is perfect for a book of this type.

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    Stoneheart 08-23-13
    Stoneheart 08-23-13

    I'm an avid reader who loves the new experience of Audible books.

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    "Darn, Who knew Salt was this interesting !"
    Where does Salt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Salt is one oft he best books I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very informative, lots of facts yet not boring at all.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's voice worked well with the story.


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

    Loved this book, very interesting and informative, a fun read to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    A few people heard me listening to this book and they are interested in "borrowing" the book to listen to, I believe the book is a hit in rural Saskatchewan Canada.
    : )

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    Bob Fox Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada 09-08-12
    Bob Fox Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada 09-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    "An amazing way to understand history"
    Where does Salt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ever since I listened to History of the World in Six Glasses I have been fascinated by looking at our history and social and cultural evolution in unique ways. This is fascinating account of the impact one of the most simple items, salt, has had on our history and what makes us who we are today. I would never have guessed that salt had such an influence on the growth of nations.


    What other book might you compare Salt to and why?

    History of the World in Six Glasses


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

    I always like Scott Brick as narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    A great overall read

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    nancy 07-31-12
    nancy 07-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "An unexpected pleasure"
    What made the experience of listening to Salt the most enjoyable?

    Mark Kurlansky has given us a wonderful history a most common and important condiment complete with surprising facts, cases of intrigue, and ancient and modern recipes. I listen to audiobooks on my commute and found myself impatient for the day to be over so I could get to the next chapter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt?

    The picture of the heat and damp and darker than night dark inside a salt mine will stay with me for a long time. Our family refers to work as going to the salt mines but my job is a walk in the park compared to the real ones.


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

    I look for Scott Brick's performances. He always reads in a clear and interesting voice and gets most foreign words correctly...except maybe French: but which of us doesn't have imperfections?


    Any additional comments?

    The title may seem a bit dry, but this is a wonderful adventure.

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    colette PASADENA, CA, United States 07-30-12
    colette PASADENA, CA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating"
    What did you love best about Salt?

    I learned so much. As a chef instructor I am lecturing about salt all the time.
    I had not realized that so much history was hinged on salt.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job - very easy to listen too.


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

    No it is no long - I listened to it while I was cooking and working around the house.


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    Jennifer Brisbane, Australia 07-29-12
    Jennifer Brisbane, Australia 07-29-12
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    "Surprisingly Interesting!"
    What made the experience of listening to Salt the most enjoyable?

    The meandering story of salt moves from one concept to another, while following a chronological order. It makes for a surprising listening, showcasing "salt" as more than the just the simple white crystal that is a staple in our homes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Salt is the star - of course!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration worked fine - if not for a little slow in the delivery at times.


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

    no - but easy to pick up in.


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    Jenn 05-10-12
    Jenn 05-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting historical account of history of salt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it especially to someone who has an interest in food, culture, and its impact on the history of humanity. However, it can be tough to get through due to the shear volume of information that it provides and the boring presentation given by the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt?

    The section that discusses how salt was used to preserve meats and fish (especially the fermented fish) changed the way I view fish sauce. Actually, it sparked an interest in fermentation and I have since bought several books that discuss the benefits of and how to ferment a variety of foods.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Honestly, probably not. I think that buying a copy of the printed book would have been better for this particular book. That being said, it is not entirely due to narrator, but to the immense amount of information contained within this book. It just felt like overload and the narrator did not do a good job of using his voice to distinguish important passages or bring your interest back.


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

    No, this is a book that you definately need to digest over a period of time.


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