A History of the World in 6 Glasses
- Lu par : Sean Runnette
- Durée : 7 h et 38 min
- Version intégrale Livre audio
- Date de publication : 18/03/2011
- Langue : Anglais
- Éditeur : Tantor Audio
Avis de l'équipe
Earphones Award winner and Audie Award-winning producer Sean Runnette does a terrific job of letting beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola speak for themselves. Standage has set forth a tone that is highly interested, but not pedantic or overly exclamatory. Runnette knows just what it takes to fade away into the background, neither bombastically lecturing to the listener nor merely monotonously reading Standage’s text. Every pause is justified and every consonant is crisp. This is nothing less than expected from Runnette, who has been in the audiobook business for more than a decade and is the son of Grammy Award-winning producer John Runnette. As the beverage cultures advance, Runnette increasingly recedes, leaving the text to shine on its own surprising merits.
No matter what your choice of drink, hearing more about its influence on the world is actually quite engrossing. Of particular interest is the appendix at the end, where you can learn about exactly which modern beers most closely resemble the ale of yore, which ancient blends of tea are still available today, and so on. Standage also gives us a taste of the future and comes full circle by speculating on the new millennial prospects for water, that most basic of all beverages. An underrated gem of scholarship, A History of the World in Six Glasses is completely worth the listen for all the fascinating tidbits you will soak up and then deliver the next time you’re pouring a glass of wine at a dinner party, or meeting someone for coffee. Megan Volpert
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. Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece, wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe, they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization.
For Tom Standage, each drink is a different kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite beverage the same way again.
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Parmi tous les livres audio que vous avez pu écouter, à quel rang placeriez-vous A History of the World in 6 Glasses ?
L'accroche est originale et le projet bien mené. Brosser un tableau de l'histoire de l'humanité sur un format aussi bref relève évidemment de la gageure, mais la perspective est amusante et fonctionne dans l'ensemble bien, même si les simplifications sont évidemment nombreuses. Un livre plaisant et facile à écouter.
Quel était votre caractère favori et pourquoi ?
Pas de personnages, alors disons le thé.
Quelle était votre scène favorite ?
La consommation de bière avec une paille.
Y-a-t-il eu un moment du livre qui vous a particulièrement touché ?
La présentation du commerce triangulaire.
Avez-vous d'autres commentaires ?
Pas vraiment une leçon d'histoire, plutôt un moment agréable.