This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the Audible Original, Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick. This children’s audiobook was released in May 2018. This work is 2 hours and 55 minutes in length, narrated by Prentice Onayemi, Samantha Turret, Khristine Hvam, Gabriel Vaughan, and Josh Hurley. The following plot overview is provided from Audible: Did you know that most of our dinosaur fossils were discovered because two grown men absolutely hated each other? It’s true! Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World is a riotous audio exclusive, like if Monty Python taught your history class. Each volume of four 30-minute histories will dig into the petty name-calling and grumbling grudges that led to many of the world’s greatest advancements, all delivered with a cheeky sense of humor. Choose sides: Cope or Marsh, the jerks who discovered so many dinosaurs; Hamilton or Burr, whose rivalry fuel American politics; Queen Elizabeth or Mary Queen of Scots, who fought to rule England; Adidas or Puma, whose rivalry changed the world of sports and fashion. Kidnappings, rock fights, duels, and explosions, Rivals! Shows world leaders at their absolute best and their worst, often at the same time.
I loved this Audible Original. I love works that I can learn things from, and this was fascinating. Some of these rivalries, I had never heard of and loved learning about how it changed things for us in modern times. Other rivalries, I had heard about but did not know a lot about and enjoy this look at them. Other ones, I knew a lot about but enjoyed the storytelling that was presenting in this retelling. Each chapter is just the right amount of time, where I feel like I really understand the core of the feud but not too much information that I am bored with. Narration and voice acting at a level of enjoyment to the entire piece. I recommend this audio work to anyone that likes history and feuds.
I give this Audible Original 5 out 5 stars.
Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the Charley Project profile of Scott Wainwright. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the horror novel The Talisman by Stephen King. Until then keep reading the chapters; Nerd out!
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