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Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World

Written by: Scott McCormick
Series: Rivals!
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Exclusively on Audible, hilarious history for ages eight and up

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 fueled 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. 

©2018 Scott McCormick (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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So entertaining!

I loved this book and how it was performed, with all the extra characters and background noises. The stories were very interesting to listen to and I really enjoyed learning about some history!

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Fun!

I wasn't sure about this audiobook at first. I normally prefer much longer books but the frenemies theme just sounded too good to pass up. I definitely don't regret it! Not only did I learn a lot but I was thoroughly entertained doing it. Cope and Marsh had to have been my favorite of the four rivals. Who knew archaeology could be so cut throat... well maybe archaeologists but I sure didn't. The only thing I didn't like about this is that it was over far too soon.

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Highly Entertaining

First audiobook of the year and it was fabulous fun. I have always enjoyed history, especially anything entertaining that they don't really talk about in school. I enjoyed that it was broken up into 4 different parts and there were voices to act out a modern day version of what might have been said. I use "might have been said" in the loosest possible way as there is no way that these people called each other booger face.

I thought this was a hilarious listen.

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  • Bel
  • 2020-01-01

Frenemies

Very entertaining and informative. I loved the narration, and I loved the stories. I never knew about Adidas and Puma, for instance, and I thought Hamilton was a race driver...

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  • Tom
  • 2019-10-04

short but fun

makes one realize that sometimes good comes out events that one would not expect to bring about good

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marin

Very nice book for general readings. I have enjoyed it in my free time. My teenager also loved it.

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Informative and funny

This book doesn't go light on the subjects, but it still manages to be legitimately funny. I loved this!

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Amazing

Seriously buy this. This is a such a fun listen. The narrator is great and the random voice actors and sound effects make a great impact and reinforce what the narrator says.
As for the content, they are classic rivalries and I need a movie or play about the bone wars and the Puma vs Adidas rivalries. They are wonderful stories.
Personally, children younger then 8 could listen to this, a lot of the jokes are childish. But some jokes could be a little riské and there is mention of womanizing and seducing of people.

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history and humour

loved it. 4 great rivalries told in a way to pull you in and want to know it all.

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Fun Podcast

This recording seemed to me to be four funny podcasts that mixed humour, fact and sound effects in good measure.

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  • JJ
  • 2019-10-08

Amazing Historical Insights

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these stories. It peaked my interest in these historical figures. I recommend picking it up.

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  • Miamigrrl
  • 2019-05-26

Sorry I waited so long to listen to this

I put this in my Wish List quite a while ago but every time I reviewed my list I couldn't get excited about listening to it. Finally, when nothing else appealed to me I bought it. What luck for me because it was so entertaining and educational. Possible spoilers coming up! There are 4 "cases" - the first one I had never heard of - Cope v. Marsh, 19th century paleontologists. Sounds boring, right? Far from it. I think the next was Queen Elizabeth v. Mary Queen of Scots. I was quite familiar with this one but it was till entertaining and I got a few new nuggets. Puma v. Adidas was new to me and fascinating. Burr v. Hamilton we all know but I for one did not now the exact details. My only complaint about this is that it is only 3 hours - I WANT MORE! Hoping for a sequel.

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  • Jetjaguar15
  • 2019-07-08

Warning for parents...

This selection was marketed to children. It is very entertaining and educational, and my kids have enjoyed it. However, if I had known about the cursing, I probably would not have let my kids listen to it.

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  • Jenny W.
  • 2019-02-17

We want more!

Bought this on a whim knowing I had some drive time for the holidays with my 8 year old son. This has been an amazing listen for all of us! We have learned some new things and been thoroughly entertained at the same time. Our kids are asking if there are more - and we certainly would love to see this become a series!

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  • R. L. Ortinez
  • 2018-07-18

Great Listen with Kids

Such a fantastic book to listen to with all of my children aged 5 to 12. I learned lots and it piqued my interest to read some of their biographies!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-06-07

Good for all ages

The author has done a wonderful job of turning chunks of history into great stories good for all ages.

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  • Holly
  • 2020-04-24

Delightful!

I wish I had had a teacher like this in high school or college. I learned a lot while being entertained!
This would be great for almost any age.

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  • michelle miller
  • 2019-07-11

Things I never knew I would like to know

I picked this freebie because it looked more interesting than the others. Truly, to my pleasant surprise I found myself VERY much entertained by this history lesson. Had this been the format for the history classes required during university studies I may have been convinced to switch to a history major. Listen to this offering, it will make you smile, teach you some scarcely known facts and fully entertain you for several pleasant hours!

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  • Loan man
  • 2019-07-12

The extra sound effects are distracting

The story is interesting and well done with some good humor but the extra effects of voices and sounds got old in the first story. Overall it’s a solid free original just lose the extra sounds and voices. I almost didn’t finish it when I kept hearing “Jersey” shouted in a stupid fake accent each time the state was mentioned.

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-07-08

Fun history!

RIVALS! is a light and fun look at three rivalries. The book is appropriate for children at least 10 years old and would have been appropriate for younger children except for the silly adult humor.

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