It Burns by Marc Fennell

It Burns

Written and hosted by Marc Fennell, It Burns is the story of a 10-year scandal-plagued international competition that will take listeners from the Australian Coast to South Carolina (via an Indian Research Facility).It’s a war filled with larger than life characters. There will be sledging, accusations of cheating, theft and performance enhancing drugs. And allegations that Australia was cheated out of a Guinness World Record. In the process of...


Details It Burns

TitleIt Burns
Author
Release DateApr 15th, 2019
PublisherAudible
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Audiobook
Rating

Reviews It Burns

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    1970-01-01
    It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli by Marc Fennell and narrated by author is not a book I thought it would be. I thought it might be about the different contest, peppers, how they judge...I really don't know what I thought but this wasn't it. This book bounced all over the world finding the hottest chili peppers, the killers! Discussing why people love the pain and talking to dedicated Pepperheads to find out...
  • Karen ⊰✿
    1970-01-01
    It’s like a car crash. You can’t stop watching (or listening in this case!) This is a fascinating and compelling look into the world of hot chillies. Who knew there would be so much controversy, back stabbing and even death threats in this community!Told honestly and with humour, once you start you just have to listen until the end. Much more about humanity and communities than chillies, this is highly recommended listening and currently avai...
  • Liam
    1970-01-01
    Like most people I imagine, I've gotten this free from Audible.I was pleasantly surprised to hear Marc's Aussie accent when I first started listening to It Burns, I went into it knowing literally nothing about it (other than the title), which I think was a good decision as I didn't go in with any expectations.As it was, it was a rambling, mostly aimless, but very charming and entertaining little adventure through the world of high-enthusiasm chil...
  • LeeTravelGoddess
    1970-01-01
    It wasn’t interesting to me.
  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    1970-01-01
    Have you heard of Chilliheads? These people are nuts. Bonkers. Wacked in the head. Look at this, the really painful bit starts 8 minutes into it:https://youtu.be/9k-SBpElcWA Delightfully silly topic. Unless, obviously, you are a chilli head. In that case this is dead serious, mate! A fun playlist is further down.Shockingly, there are some shocking and disturbing parts in this narrative as well and not in a good way.The mentioned Ed Currie and bre...
  • David
    1970-01-01
    Do you like mouth-burning pain?This Audible original is about chili peppers and the people obsessed with breeding (and eating) the hottest of the hot. Today's foodie culture includes those gastronomic sadomasochists who enjoy eating Ghost Peppers, Chocolate Habaneros, Trinidad Scorpions, and the reigning king of mouth-burning pain, the Carolina Reaper.A plain old jalapeno? 8,000 Scovilles.Tobasco sauce? 50,000 Scovilles.The Carolina Reaper? Over ...
  • Karissa
    1970-01-01
    I got this for free as an audiobook from Audible Originals. It was okay and I learned some interesting things about peppers and the crazy people who like to cause themselves pain with them. I didn't think the book was especially humorous, it also took a weird turn a few times as it explored how hot food and religion are linked. Another weird digression was taken when Fennell decides to visit a dominatrix to explore people's addiction to pain (thi...
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    Note: take the trigger warnings seriouslyI really appreciated that Fennell spoke to his issues with food, he was very honest and open and it was a strength of the book. It was short, free, and fairly interesting.That said, there were some great ideas that Fennell seemed to wish to discuss but didn't have the time, leaving the book feeling like it didn't stick the landing at the end. Ideas of community, relationship to food, addiction to pain, eve...
  • Alan
    1970-01-01
    Entertaining Overview of the Hottest Chili Peppers in the WorldReview of the Audible Audio audiobook (2019)This was entertaining and informative and also provided a bit of insight into the somewhat masochistic world of hot chili pepper eaters. Also note the cover image of a hot pepper wrapped in barbed wire, an extension of the 'heart in barbed wire' meme representing a person trapped in love.Image source = Wikipedia illustration for the article ...
  • James Sheaves
    1970-01-01
    It Burns is a highly entertaining and surprisingly dark look at a subculture most probably haven't given much thought to. Marc Fennell, who will be most familiar to Australian audiences from SBS' The Feed, is a highly engaging host, who doesn't shy away from any opportunity to explore personal, unflinchingly honest angles to the story. There is a kind of rhythm to the story that almost seems to mirror the experience of eating a hot chilli, where ...
  • Richard Gray
    1970-01-01
    Marc Fennell’s enthusiastic style takes him around the world in pursuit of the world’s hottest chilli. Sort of. What’s most surprising about this short Audible feature is how it marries the obsession of the ‘Chilli Heads’ with Fennell’s own issues with food. On this level, I can totally relate: hating yourself because you can’t control your own intake. Or intaking because you hate yourself. This is, of course, a double-edged sword: ...
  • Lindsey
    1970-01-01
    This quick docu-series takes you behind the scenes of the destructive chili world. It dives into the history of SHU (Scoville Heat Unit) aka the level of spiciness and how hotness is scored, how chilies have been used as weapons in history, and what sort of person would ever in the heck want to participate in a chili eating competition. It's interesting hearing why people self inflict this sort of pain and agony on themselves, whether it be to fe...
  • Jade Wright
    1970-01-01
    As lovers of chili's, my partner and I popped this audio book on while on a road-trip. I wasn't sure what to expect - it was his pick... and I ended up LOVING IT!! It's fascinating to learn about what makes chili's so hot - and how absolutely crazy some people are to try the worlds hottest chili's that literally make you hallucinate!! Ambulances have to be at the ready.... people end up in hospital. Madness - but so interesting!! This is such an ...
  • Alan
    1970-01-01
    Short but hot and sweet as nam chin kai! Marc Fennell interviews chilli growers vying with each other to grow the hottest chilli in the world, chilli contestants competing to eat hotter chillis than the competition, and chilli heads - YouTubers who film themselves each week as they torture themselves by eating super hot chillis. I was fascinated by the short history lesson of how colonialism brought chillis from South America to Europe and then o...
  • Candice
    1970-01-01
    Not nearly as much about the world of chilis as you might think. We end up delving into Marc's damaged "fat kid" (his choice of term) psyche for the most part. Which is fine, but that's not what I came here for. Mind your damage on your own time, not in a book that's supposed to be your exploration of the world of chiliheads.The world's hottest pepper debate never gets resolved, btw. Probably a spoiler, but honestly, I'll just save you the troubl...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    This is a story of hot peppers, told through a personal lens of the narrator's difficult relationship with food. While I appreciated the personal aspect, I do wish that this focused more on science/psychology, rather than speculation and personal anecdote. This isn't to say that the story completely lacked the science/psychology perspective; that was definitely in there. However, I would have preferred if the narrative focused solely on it.
  • Andy Klein
    1970-01-01
    A decent Audible freebee. I like learning about new things and I knew next to nothing about hot chili peppers, so this was somewhat interesting. I didn’t care one bit about the whackos who are obsessed with eating hot peppers and posting videos of them doing so or the whacko conspiracy theories about which peppers are the hottest and false testing of the peppers. If this cost me anything, it would get 2 stars but I’ll go to three because it w...
  • Solace Winter
    1970-01-01
    It Burns is a documentary style story with interviews of the "big names" in chilis. You'll get some insight you were not expecting, and it's interesting to delve into it. I would have liked to have more of the competition people's accounts rather than it being a feud between a creator of a pepper and a non-creator of a pepper. The story is still interesting to hear, but the story here is half rumors and gossip, half backstory on why we crave a ho...
  • Elijah Shervey
    1970-01-01
    (Audiobook) Above and beyond for verbal performance with music and sound effects. Felt very lively. Bumped from 3 to 4☆. The story doesn't have that much hype. The scandals and deceit are just as menacing as you'd expect from a race to produce some damn hot chilli. Looking forward to this sort of quality in further audiobooks.
  • Stephen Heiner
    1970-01-01
    Not something I thought I would listen to - but it turned out to be a fascinating look at both food and people. The narrator does a good job of presenting both sides of the human conflicts and all sides of the chilli. I definitely feel slightly more prepared to enter into a dialogue with a "chillihead" the next time I run into one. But I won't be trying any of these chillis anytime soon :-)
  • Nick Traynor
    1970-01-01
    More of a podcast than an audiobook, because it was interview-based, with asides of reflection by the narrator. I wasn't convinced that the reflections matched the other content; it seemed a thin attempt to draw personal conclusions from the phenomenon of chili-eaters. It was light and entertaining though and only last 3 hours or so.
  • Josh Maulucci
    1970-01-01
    This was the great little history lesson on chili peppers that I didn't know I wanted, but thoroughly enjoyed. Finding gems like this has been my favorite part of the last couple years of hardcore reading/listening. If you've ever had any sort of experience with watching some of these "pepper-eating" videos on YouTube, definitely check this out.
  • Tim Gillen
    1970-01-01
    Light-hearted, and intriguing on a topic that I knew little about. Wandering a bit through the competitiveness of the industry; instructive on the elements of food science, flavor and enjoyment; and an evaluation of the psyche of those involved, along with a dose of self-reflection. I received this through the Audible originals program, and was pleasantly surprised.
  • Corne Kooyman
    1970-01-01
    This fascinating book about the chilli head culture and the race for the hottest chilli's. My only gripe is that the book tried to create this entire conflict narrative that was actually non-existent when it came to more stable individuals in the story.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    More of a long form podcast than a book but still a very enjoyable listen. It was super interesting to learn that birds don’t have heat receptors and so can eat chili peppers unaffected. My first Audible Original listen.
  • James Thomas
    1970-01-01
    Gets better towards the end. This book is like watching an automobile accident. You are discussed but can’t turn away. My impression is this is more of an indictment about the online community more than the “chili head” community. It seems to prove integrity gets lost in anonymity.
  • Victoria
    1970-01-01
    Another connoisseur of human folly book. Like, what the hell man? Fascinating, entertaining and occasionally slightly horrifying (in a "what the fuck" sort of way). I did pause halfway through to look up YouTube videos of people vaping chili peppers. So that happened
  • Petter Lausund
    1970-01-01
    Very interesting. It’s like if someone from reply all got a high budget and went on a trip around the world looking for the hottest Chili but in typical fashion ends up delving deep into the humane side of it.
  • Diane Adams
    1970-01-01
    It's pepper season, and I enjoy making pepper jelly. While I enjoy a good hot pepper, I don't imagine I'd be going near any of the world record hot peppers mentioned in this tale! Still, it was quite entertaining and surprisingly educational!
  • Lenka Příplatová
    1970-01-01
    An OK listen. Not too interesting, though :( Which is a pity. I love chili peppers and was looking forward to learning a bit more than that, surprise surprise, when approaching world records, people lie & steal.