An audio-historical share of great accomplishments, by Scott McCormick
Audible gives away a ton of audiobooks, making me grateful. I love listening to books while painting, driving, cleaning and such. Normally, I run from historical tales, because I'm a homeschool mom who wants a break from lessons time to time, but Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World was unlike any school lesson. Ever!
Author Scott McCormick took historical facts and made them absolutely fun! From accented shouts of "Joyzee!" for Jersey, and the "Gaah!" when someone's killed off, the tales were funny and informative- I don't care what anybody says.
In Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World, McCormick shared the activities of men, and women, who simply did themselves in due to issues that could have been handled in a much more reasonable, adult manner. Instead, they went out of their way to destroy for politics, family and the worst- Money!
The one that captured me the most was on the Adidas/Puma controversy. I never knew the owners were brothers! Then, even long after they'd died away, the attacks continued until they finally fell away from being both numbers 1 & 2 in the sneaker industry. I was wowed, to say the least, at the lengths they'd all gone too. The Hamilton/Burr thing was good too. And, okay, the first one on dinosaur bones was baffling as well.
Now this is a rendition of events that took place, so some reviewers argued McCormick didn't quite relay the information as precise as they'd have liked. So What! He pretty much nailed it all on the head, from the bits I knew. The bits I didn't, he refers you to read up on the people, to know more. It's not like he was trying to go into detail on everything he'd written- the books less than three hours long, the snobs! LOL
The narration and sound effects also made this enjoyable. Without the antics from the studio, I probably wouldn't have liked this anywhere near as much. Also, Prentice Onayemi's voice was excellent. He made the book come to life.
So check out Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World. I'm telling you, these short tales are great and could lead you in to a true love of history. The other reads may not be as hilarious though.
Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World
Written by Scott McCormick
Narrated by Prentice Onayemi, Samantha Turret, Khristine Hvam and Gabriel Vaughan
Published by Audible Studios
Released May 2018
Runtime: 2 hs 55 mins
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