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Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World

Written by: Scott McCormick
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)
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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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volume 2 coming soon?

great stories. origins of iconic brands and legendary people. would purchase a sequel. worth the money.

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Perfect for adults and kids alike!

Hugely entertaining. Even knowing a bit about each of the stories the background the extra details let me walk away feeling a bit better connected with some of the most fascinating characters of history.
Do I care about sneakers? Not in the slightest but all the stories remind me how human foibles are universal. How far we let them get out of hand is a decision to be looked at constantly.
The sound effects were perfect and I’ll be playing this one on road trips for my kids.

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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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  • Bonnie Butler
  • 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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  • NICOLE GUTH
  • 2018-12-13

Author and narrator please make a sequel

I never write reviews. This was a engaging book for my 2 boys and the narration was fantastic. Please let me know when you write another for the 8 year old and up range. Prentice needs to keep reading for this age range too! I can’t say it enough.

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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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  • Janet R Lawton
  • 2018-06-17

Loved listening to this book!

A great book! It tells the stories of four rivalries in history. It is funny and historically accurate. If you have a sense of humor and are interested in history, this is the book for you!

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  • ElizrdbthSpeaks
  • 2018-11-17

i love humor. historical info. 2. great listen

i really appreciate that they took a lighter side to history and made it fun. i love the sound effects!! so fun. great cover ... i want more from this man ... these narrators ... AWESOME!!

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  • Jonathan
  • 2018-07-21

Interesting stories but....

If this is supposed to be for kids, it would seem a goal is to desensitize them with the use of inappropriate language. It could be very good otherwise.

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