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Art

Sandy Springs, GA USA | Member Since 2005

ratings
185
REVIEWS
5
FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • A Revolution Down on the Farm: The Transformation of American Agriculture since 1929

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Paul K. Conkin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Humans have been farming for thousands of years, and yet agriculture has undergone more fundamental changes in the past 80 years than in the previous several centuries. In 1900, 30 million American farmers tilled the soil or tended livestock; today there are fewer than 4.5 million farmers who feed a population four times larger than it was at the beginning of the century.

    Joanne says: "Excellent review of farming history in US"
    "Effective and concise account of American farming"
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    Great, balanced history of American agriculture with a little bit of everything, personal farm experience, economic history, science and technology, organic vs conventional foods. Particularly deep on policy history which may require re-reading to fully appreciate for this non-social scientist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David Kirby
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Recent public-health crises raise urgent questions about how our animal-derived food is raised and brought to market. In Animal Factory, best-selling author and investigative journalist David Kirby exposes the powerful business and political interests behind large-scale factory farms and tracks the far-reaching fallout that contaminates our air, land, water, and food.

    Glenda says: "Excellent"
    "Too long, too anecdotal, & too much heat with too"
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    What disappointed you about Animal Factory?

    I was disappointed with the lack of science in the discussion of health concerns. For example, historically most cancer clusters have been a recognized statistical artifact (i.e. a sampling issue, not a health issue) in public health for many years. However, the author devotes many sentences itemizing these anecdotes and only a relatively brief allusion to the lack of causal association with CAFOs.
    There is a legitimate argument to be made regarding pollution and the cost to society, but it is obscured by many pages of health effects innuendo.


    What didn’t you like about William Hughes’s performance?

    He did not pronounce scientific names correctly.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Animal Factory?

    Shorten family anecdotes in favor of a more thoughtful discussion of lack of health evidence, and legitimate debate on pollution, costs to society, and farm subsidies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dan Buettner
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Award-winning author and researcher Dan Buettner has traveled the world to meet the planet’s longest-lived people, and learned nine powerful yet simple lessons that could put you on the path to longer life. Where did he find them? In the Blue Zones....

    Martyn says: "Excellent audio book with great supporting website"
    "Too much numerator and not enough denominator data"
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    Any additional comments?

    Interesting descriptive information about these populations, but compared to what? People with statistics background will likely be disappointed. On the other hand, it probably won't hurt to adopted many of the lifestyle activities identified in the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David H. Freedman
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Our investmeents are devastated, obesity is epidemic, blue-chip companies circle the drain, and popular medications turn out to be ineffective and even dangerous. What happened? Didn't we listen to the scientists, economists, and other experts who promised us that if we followed their advice all would be well?

    Ray says: "Primer for the Pseudo-Expert Genre"
    "Not what I was looking for"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a good overview of how to begin thinking critically about expert advice. I was looking for a more in depth exploration and examples of problems with cognitive biases on the part of experts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Krondl
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In this engaging, anecdotal history of food, world conquest, and desire, a chef-turned-journalist tells the story of three legendary cities, Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam, that transformed the globe in the quest for spice.

    Elza says: "Not spicey."
    "Not bad"
    Overall

    Author interview on the radio was more fascinating than book. Was looking for a little more history and a little less spice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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