Review: Rivals 2! More Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick

Title: Rivals 2! More Frenemies Who Changed the World

Author: Scott McCormick

Narrators: Bill Andrew Quinn, Raphael Corkhill, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Flynn Earl Jones, Khristine Hvam, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Lauren Fortgang, Kevin T. Collins, Elizabeth Evans, Gabriel Vaughan, Ramon De Ocampo, Marc Vietor, Josh Hurley, Ron Butler

Series: RIvals! #2

Genre: Nonfiction, History

Length: 2h 14m

2 stars – it was ok
2 stars – it was ok

Rivals 2! More Frenemies Who Changed the World covers four more rivals throughout history: Edison vs Tesla, Coco Chanel vs Elsa Schiaparelli, Muhammad Ali vs. Frazier, and Green vs Blue. 

While this was an informative audiobook like the previous one, I found the over the top production in this one to be distracting. At times the production parts were thrown in so much that the actual facts of these people’s lives were hard to pick out, especially in the Edison vs Tesla one which is surprisingly technical. 

My other issue was with any female characters in these productions, they make women every female character to seem shallow, dumb, and annoying. I noticed this a little in the first volume, but it was very noticeable in the Coco and Schiaparelli chapter. Yes these women might have been a little shallow but they built great companies and are still famous today. It’s off putting that a history book geared towards kids is being negative about women. 

I did still find this audiobook informative, outside of the over-the-top characters. The Edison/Tesla chapter was very technical but fascinating. I never realized that Tesla died in poverty. Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli had a fascinating rivalry. I didn’t know anything about their history before this and was surprised by some of it, especially Coco being a Nazi spy.  The Ali and Frazier story I did know a little about but I didn’t realize how racist Ali was. Also I don’t blame Frazier for never forgetting Ali. The Green vs Blue chapter is about ancient Rome chariot races and it was definitely a unique story.

Overall, while informative the over-the-top production hindered the effect of this audiobook. I did learn new things but I just wish it had been presented better. I do like that the author provides recommendations for further reading about these topics at the very end.


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Previous books and reviews for the series:

  1. Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World

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