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Dave Faris

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  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bee Wilson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (202)

    Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

    Amazon Customer says: "Intriguing history of everyday utensils"
    "Fun facts about kitchen technology."
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    Would you listen to Consider the Fork again? Why?

    The narrator was engaging, even if the subject was a little dry. I would listen again to pick up details and facts I might have missed.


    What other book might you compare Consider the Fork to and why?

    It reminded me of Bill Bryson's "At Home: A Short History of Private Life." It was full of interesting historical context for everyday items.


    What does Alison Larkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought it was interesting that the narrator subtly adopted an american, french, or austrailian accent when she was quoting people from those various countries.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's a little too dense for that... too much information to digest all in one sitting.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Bad Day on the Romney Campaign: An Insider's Account

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabriel Schoenfeld
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In A Bad Day on the Romney Campaign: An Insider's Account, Gabriel Schoenfeld, a senior adviser to the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for nearly two years, for the first time speaks out about the internal failures of the 2012 campaign. The book illuminates the chain of errors that ultimately contributed to Romney's defeat. Rich with detail and full of high drama, it will be of interest to anyone who wants to go behind the scenes to gain an inside look at how our political system actually operates, with all of its charms and all of its flaws.

    Dave Faris says: "Disappointingly short."
    "Disappointingly short."
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    What did you love best about A Bad Day on the Romney Campaign?

    It was interesting to get an inside view, however brief, of the mistakes the campaign made.


    Would you recommend A Bad Day on the Romney Campaign to your friends? Why or why not?

    For the price (nearly $10), the book was pretty short. And the majority of it was a retelling of historical facts that anyone paying attention to the 2012 presidential election campaign was familiar, without as much insight as to why the events played out the way they did. It was also somewhat obvious that the author had a gripe against some of the major players on the campaign, though he still held Mitt Romney in high regard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4094)
    Performance
    (3578)
    Story
    (3546)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Dreamlike, but repetitive and enigmatic."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1Q84 to be better than the print version?

    I don't know that I could have made it through the print version. Since it was read to me, while I was able to accomplish other things, I was able to finish it.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wish the ending provided a bit more closure, though I suspect it was a calculated decision by the author to leave certain questions unresolved.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narration of the book was well done, and the use of different narrators for different characters was very effective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1807)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (686)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Brutal"
    Overall

    Not the most uplifting story -- nearly everything that happens is brutal and depressing. Nevertheless, it was informative ... great insight into what it was like to live in Stalinist Russia. And the narration was great. I highly recommend this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (3241)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1298)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "enthralling"
    Overall

    well read, with excellent voice characterization. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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