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inearthsha

Knoxville, TN United States | Listener Since 2004

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  • Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve Almond
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Steve Almond doesn't just love candy, he unabashedly worships every aspect of confectionary culture, from the creation of an exceptional malt ball through the tragic demise of a badly conceived candy bar, from the emotion-laden memories stirred by a bite of chocolate to his near-drooling anticipation of spotting a new package on the candy shelves.

    inearthsha says: "Pure AudioTruffle, diabetics cautioned"
    "Pure AudioTruffle, diabetics cautioned"
    Overall

    I've never heard anyone verbally describe candy with such lust and consideration; this guy thinks about candy more than once an hour.

    He has considered it so much that he is credible to write a book on the matter which covers a breadth of issues; here are my favorites: globalization of candy-producing markets, why he uses candy as an emotional crutch, and what to do when your favorite confection gets pulled off the market.

    The reader is easy to listen to and has better verbal inflection than your average reader. The only cautions I have for this book are that some groups of people are going to be more sensitive to the material because this guy really made me want to eat candy while listening to the book. If you are on a strict diet or diabetic and are trying to avoid just this type of thing, then skip this book. But, if you are a passive fan of candy or even an emotional overeater that needs to confront candy issues, this book might help you to understand how candy lures you in, time and time again.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment that Redefined the Supreme Court

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John W. Dean
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines, John W. Dean
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Hear the stunning story behind the Nixon appointment that redefined the Supreme Court - written by Nixon's White House Counsel John Dean, and featuring newly released White House recordings.

    inearthsha says: "Insightful look at Nixon and the Court"
    "Insightful look at Nixon and the Court"
    Overall

    As far as audiobooks go, The Rehnquist Choice does well at providing insight into the politics and maneuvering that shaped the Court from the 70s to the present. Well written and read, it does not fall into boring recapitulation and tedious details. It provides nuances and insight that only someone from the inside can bring. While no one formerly on the inside is completely ojbective, John Dean does well to balance his subjective position with the facts of his involvement.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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