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Beth

Freeburg, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (752)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "I wish there was a zero stars rating"
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    Performance
    Story

    Just awful. The author goes off point, repeats himself, and never proves his original hypothesis. Complete waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Howard Blum
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures – gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters, cowboys, and lawmen –are now victims of their own success. They are heroes who’ve outlived their usefulness.

    Lynn says: "An Entertaining History"
    "Better Than Fiction"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Floor of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    All three main characters were fully developed. I felt like I knew them, good and bad, and found myself wishing all three could get what they wanted (even the "bad" guy).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very detailed and descriptive. I felt like I was there.
    Also, the way the three different stories were weaved together. Nicely done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    If I told you, it would spoil the whole book. Let's just say that the climactic scene is all the more enjoyable because...it really happened!!!


    If you could rename The Floor of Heaven, what would you call it?

    Three Men and a Pot of Gold


    Any additional comments?

    Great read/listen for summer vacations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Kerr
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In 1907 Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung began what promised to be both a momentous collaboration and the deepest friendship of each man's life. Six years later they were bitter antagonists, locked in a savage struggle that was as much personal and emotional as it was theoretical and professional. In between them stood a young woman named Sabina Spielrein, who had been both patient and lover to Jung and colleague and confidante to Freud before going on to become an innovative psychoanalyst herself.

    J says: "Very Disappointed"
    "Tedious"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about A Most Dangerous Method?

    The endless recitation of psychological theories. The plot was constantly interrupted and I gave up in frustration.


    Has A Most Dangerous Method turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It made me want to learn more about this story. Hope there is a better book out there.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of non-fiction writing that gives non-fiction a bad name.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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