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I really enjoyed this audiobook. I am not an avid gambler, but when I'm staying near a casino I certainly enjoy stopping by and playing some casual games (typically roulette). To my delight, there was a lot of interesting history on the evolution and importance of roulette. I also loved some of the bigger themes of casinos/gambling history that I had no clue about before (like that casinos originated in spas/hot springs for the sick and injured). The book really has a ton of history, and I feel like the author left no stone unturned in his research.
The beginning, where the history was all in foreign countries, was a bit harder to follow just because there were so many foreign names. But once it got to the US, I was hooked and couldn't stop listening. That segment was my favorite part. It did feel like the section between the US gambling and the modern age of internet gambling, where many other current countries were referenced, was sort of haphazardly added in, but it was interesting nonetheless.
The narrator was great, too. His voice was perfect, he kept a good pace, and he had easy to follow rythm.
One minor criticism I did have was with the layout. The book had many chapters, each with many subsections. In Audible, there is no way to skip to the beginning of the subsections. I made sure to place plenty of bookmarks, but being able to navigate directly to subsections would be nice.