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I had high hopes for this book. I had hoped that it would address all the pop-culture music comparisons we all know. Instead the book spent most of the time describing why these types of comparisons exist without trying to answer them. Sure, final decisions are personal, but I was looking forward to reading an attempt.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This book examines so many fun, interesting rivalries, and generates lots of good conversations. So, yes, I would recommend this to a friend, because it would be great to discuss and debate these pop cultural ideas.
Did Ben Sullivan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Ben Sullivan is fine as the narrator, but there were some definite mispronunciations of band names, album titles, etc.; this really isn't that big of a deal, but when it happens, it just pulls you out of the book to remind you that this isn't the author reading it, but someone "playing" the author. Having learned about this book from a radio interview with the author, Steven Hyden, I kind of think this was a missed opportunity to simply just use the author as the narrator; I think it would have made it just a bit more authentic.
Any additional comments?
The first rivalry discussed in this book, Oasis vs. Blur, is the weakest of them all. It's a strange choice to begin with, because it's probably the most niche and least interesting. Full disclosure: I'm an Oasis fan and I really didn't connect with this chapter at all. My suggestion, either power through this one, or just skip it, because there is lots of better material after it.