A Short History of Drunkenness

Narrated by: Richard Hughes
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth, read by Sh*tfaced Shakespeare's Richard Hughes.

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle.

A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies.

This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

©2017 Mark Forsyth (P)2017 Penguin Audiobooks

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Well Done

Love this author, and, until now, my liver had been neutral... we are currently at odds as relates to Forsyth.

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  • Jemma
  • 12-20-17

Hilarious and Fascinating

I loved everything about this book except it ending. The Narrator, Richard Hughes, does much to enhance the content and I found myself laughing out loud a lot, not to mention wanting to pour myself a glass of wine! I am sure I shall go on to listen to it again. Warmly recommended.

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  • Liz Scully
  • 12-05-17

Most entertaining nonfiction book I've listened to

I listened to this and learned lots and laughed out loud.

I picked this for the topic not realising I'd read - and loved - other books by the same author. those are on grammar and words and have the same light touch. Thoroughly recommend them and this if you enjoy a lightness of touch and fine writing

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  • K Atherton
  • 11-14-17

The Most Delightful Audiobook I've Read In Ages

This audiobook is sheer, laugh-out-loud joy! Brilliant narrator, amusingly written and full of fascinating insights.

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  • Homohereticalis
  • 01-12-20

Highly amusing and informative

An utterly charming book and am now also resolved to never do anything as stupid as to give up alcohol again.

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  • Tomas
  • 08-24-19

Fantastic. Great light read full of facts and humour

Packed with interesting snippets and tied together wonderfully with humour and style.

Can’t recommend enough

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  • TheNameless
  • 07-30-19

Fun & educational (with holy drunken rabbits)

It's rare to find a book that's this enjoyable and also educational. There was a great deal of information that I'd never heard before and I learnt it with a smile on my face. Each chapter stands alone, so you can easily dip in and out or listen all at once. The narration is very good, but not quite as good Simon Shepherd, who narrated MF's other books on Audible. If you enjoyed this, I'd highly recommend 'The Etymologicon'.

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  • Andy B
  • 07-08-19

Wonderful. Just brilliant.

A joyful, enlightening and uplifting book. Each chapter is a gem and the writing is exceptional. The narration is as close to perfect as you’ll find. I think you’ll gather that I loved this audiobook. You will too, especially if you like a drink a bit too much, you’ll find some catharsis here along with the laughs and numerous ‘I-must-remember-that-for-the-lads-in-the-pub’ facts.

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  • Rose
  • 07-06-19

best not taken too seriously

This book is a good laugh though i suspect that history has been bent a bit out of shape with this one. Not sure if the translations are accurate either. it’s just a bit of a laugh and not to be taken too seriously. if you want a serious study of druniikennes better to avoid this one i thnk but it’s short, easily done in one sitting.

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  • 06-12-19

A Must Read! Hilarious and Informative!

A Must Read! Hilarious and Informative!
I've lostened to all of this author's work. Each one a great experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-19

A Good Listen

Well written, spoken and highly entertaining. A very informative work. Only criticism is that the use of 'footnotes' is at first a distraction and then an irritation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-19

love it

very entertaining and enjoyable and informative .very well narrated I wish there was more it's great