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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 (621 ratings)

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Caffeine

By: Michael Pollan
Narrated by: Michael Pollan
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Well written, lively and interesting

As with all of Michael Pollan’s books, this short study is well written and so interesting. The author makes a great narrator too.

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Short and almost Sweet

A short story of caffeine's journey through the ages and the relationship it has had with the humans species and continually has with us...

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As disappointing as coffee served in foam cups

I can’t put my finger on it, but I found this short Audible original disappointing.

Tom Standage’s account on coffee in A History of the World in Six Glasses (heavily cited here) was much more entertaining and informative for me.

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Great summary of everything about coffee

This is one of the best things I listened to for a while. Micheal tells the story of coffee, combining his personal experience using it along with a rich and interesting history of it.

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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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A fascinating look at the world’s favourite drug.

This is my second book by Michael Pollan.
I very much like his writing style as well as his narration.
Being an ex caffeine addict, now a decaf drinker, this book explained for me my behaviour on my long coffee journey.
My next audible book is also by Michael.
If you drink tea or coffee, or if you don’t, you will enjoy this story.

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An interesting look at caffine

I really enjoyed this book, the information was well presented and fun, though the history was very eurocentric, I would have loved to seen more about traditional uses of caffine.

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brilliance as always from Michael Pollan,

brilliance as always from Michael Pollan absolutely loved this one, will definitely listen again

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Michael Pollan - How can you go wrong!

I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read and listened to by Michael Pollan, and again, this short work didn’t disappoint.

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