Chocolate Wars

  • by Deborah Cadbury
  • Narrated by Finty Williams
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The delicious true story of the early chocolate pioneers, by the award-winning writer and direct descendant of the famous chocolate dynasty, Deborah Cadbury.
In Chocolate Wars best-selling historian and award-winning documentary maker Deborah Cadbury takes a journey into her own family history to uncover the rivalries that have driven 250 years of chocolate empire-building. Beginning with an account of John Cadbury, who founded the first Cadbury's coffee and chocolate shop in Birmingham in 1824, Chocolate Wars goes on to chart the astonishing transformation of the company's fortunes under his grandson George. But while the Cadbury dynasty is the fulcrum of the narrative, this is also the story of their Quaker rivals, the Frys and Rowntrees, and their European competitors, the Nestles, Suchards and Lindts. These rivalries drove the formation of the huge chocolate conglomerates that still straddle the corporate world today, and have first call on our collective sweet tooth.
This is narrative history at its most absorbing, peopled by wonderfully colourful characters - the true story of the chocolate pioneers, the visions and ideals that inspired them and the mouth-watering concoctions they created.

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What the Critics Say

"A wonderful writer who keeps you turning the pages as if her book was a thriller." (The Times)
"Absolutely stupendous. This is history as it should be. It is stunningly written. I could not put it down." (Alison Weir)
"Beautifully structured and sympathetically narrated... successfully brings together science, suspense and sentiment. Something for everyone." (Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times)
"A stylish writer [who] describes the splendours and miseries of these wonders in their true colours and with understanding of the ethics and aspirations of their times." (New Scientist)
"Fascinating... heroes, villains and victims populate this gripping story." (Daily Telegraph)

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Hisotry of Chocolates and Quakers

Having lived close to Bournville the book title caught my attention. To be honest I didn't expect too much from the book but was pleasantly surprised. Deborah Cadbury is a diligent reasearcher with a gift for prose and I abolutely loved the book. It taught me a lot about early processing and developing (drinking) chocolate and I will definitely listen to more of the author. I found the book both interessting and educational. The narrator is perfect for the book and it was a pleasure to listen to her. I would recommend this book to anybody who has an interesst in history and/or wants to know what they put in their shopping basket.
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- Heike

Chocolate review

I purchased this book simply because I knew a little of the history. I have worked in three Quaker businesses and for Mars. I was aware of the links between them but this wonderful book has given me more insight into this great British business. Such a shame that it is no longer British owned. A really really good listen with beautiful detail and heart warming tales of how man should care for his fellows, of how businesses should care for their staff. Simply excellent.
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- T. Fulford

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-10-2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited