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  • How Caffeine Created the Modern World
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (612 ratings)

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Caffeine

By: Michael Pollan
Narrated by: Michael Pollan
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Michael Pollan, known for his best-selling nonfiction audio, including The Omnivores Dilemma and How to Change Your Mind, conceived and wrote Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World as an Audible Original. In this controversial and exciting listen, Pollan explores caffeine’s power as the most-used drug in the world - and the only one we give to children (in soda pop) as a treat.

Pollan takes us on a journey through the history of the drug, which was first discovered in a small part of East Africa and within a century became an addiction affecting most of the human species. Caffeine, it turns out, has changed the course of human history - won and lost wars, changed politics, dominated economies. What’s more, the author shows that the Industrial Revolution would have been impossible without it. The science of how the drug has evolved to addict us is no less fascinating. And caffeine has done all these things while hiding in plain sight! Percolated with Michael Pollan’s unique ability to entertain, inform, and perform, Caffeine is essential listening in a world where an estimated two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day.

©2019 Michael Pollan (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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“At the right time”

I have been struggling with reducing caffeine or at least drink alternatively due to the fact I felt I just got ADD!!!
This audiobook has just confirmed to me what a powerful psychoactive drug caffein is.
Also, very accurate in the explanation or historical origin of coffee.

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An Interesting Introduction Into The World Of Coffee

I love coffee. I love the smell, the taste, the sound and the cafe coffee culture that surrounds the drink. So that’s why when I saw a book completely about the subject, (it’s called Caffeine, but really it should be called Coffee) it became an easy decision as to where I should spend my monthly credit.

Caffeine is an introduction to the world of coffee. It brushes on the history of the plant, how it survived, propagated and evolved, how humans discovered it and began to manipulate it for their own benefit and the threads of culture that began to arrive around it. It also documents Pollan’s own relationship as a coffee drinker who relinquishes the drink for his own research and the reintegration of this caffeine back into his life. The positives and negatives of drinking coffee and brushed upon as well, however, there isn’t an ironclad conclusion to be reached; like most things in life the reality isn’t ‘do or do not do’ but somewhere in the middle where balance can be struck.

I enjoyed listening to this book. Pollan is a great writer and narrator and I enjoyed the ebb and flow of the history and reasonings interspersed with Pollan’s own running commentary and experience. My only fault would be that the book is too brief; I wanted more of everything, more history, more biology, more anecdotal theories, but alas, it may just be the coffee drinker in me.

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An excellent listen

A must listen if you are a regular caffeine consumer ! I really enjoyed listening. I won’t be given up caffeine just yet but I will ensure I drink less and perhaps start to use it in a micro dose format or just drink more consciously.

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Interesting little read

I enjoyed this, there was good research well presented. And engaging style with humour and some fascinating history.

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Fascinating insight into the history and nature of caffeine

An excellent short history into the history of humans development, exploitation and relationship with caffeine. In particular, how it shaped history and potentially the evolution of humanity itself

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Quick Interesting Read

I enjoyed this quick read more than I thought I would. The author/narrator has an engaging story to tell. The integration with his personal relationship with caffeine along with the history and science was very interesting and got me thinking about the twists and tales in my own relationship to this pervasive and very social substance.

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A must for every regular coffee person

I have been procrastinating on quitting coffee for a long time but this one helped me make the final decision

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Great short book

Very short and to the point book. It is a non fictional book with after taste a fictional book, like a cup of coffee itself.

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Love it, such an interesting story

Every coffee drinker should listen to this story. Well worth listening too.

For Audible - I hate minimum words to write my 12 were enough

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Misleading

The title is a little misleading

No real content or information on caffeine the molecule and it’s effects on the body . More just the story and history about coffee and tea.

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