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How Caffeine Created the Modern World

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Interesting, But Could Have Been So Much More

Review by: The Audiobook ReviewThe premise of this one sounded interesting, and it was free as part of the Audible subscription so I guess I can't complain too much, but this could have been so much more.

Michael Pollan, author and narrator, essentially spends most of the time quoting facts and history nuggets about caffeine, enough to stay interested but really only scratching the surface of what could have been a much deeper dive.

I did certainly learn a lot about the history of the humble coffee bean and how it arguably led to the more enlightened age filled with modern conveniences we now find ourselves living in but cramming all that into two hours along with personal anecdotes of what happened when he gave up coffee for a few months just felt rushed.

Did it make me think more about my coffee drinking habits? Yes.

Do I now know more about this history of coffee and how it affects me? Yes.

Would I have been happy if I had paid for this? Unlikely.

So ultimately, what am I saying? If you can grab it free as part of your subscription, then do it but I wouldn't recommend spending a credit on it.


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