I have heard Lustig interviewed before on Jimmy Moore's low-carb podcast and by Alec Baldwin. I find him to be very credible. I found the writing style very informative and engaging, and I thought JT Ross was a very good narrator...striking just the right tone for the book overall...however, his mispronunciation of the word "satiety" (just Google it for the correct pronunciation) was pretty distracting, as the word occurs often. Of course, we all bring our preconceptions to a book when we read it, and I was really hoping for more practical advice on "what to eat" than I ended up with. Yes, the essential information is there...but it would have been much more helpful to me personally if there had been a section along the lines of "here are sample menus which would be supported by Lustig's presentation of science". It might be that it came across better in reading the book visually...but I didn't pick up much of that here. I think people writing for this subject often don't realize that many of us just "don't speak the language of food" and really need someone to "paint a picture" for us. I must say I did feel like he really did a tremendous job of busting stereotypes and explaining both why we are where we are with the obesity epidemic and how best to proceed as a society. I liked the way he went thru all the popular diets and explained both their strengths and weaknesses. So I found the book quite enjoyable overall and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to people who are looking to get their bearings on the myriad of varying opinions about diet and exercise.
This was a fun read. I am a sucker for a good superhero story, and it was interesting to see the supers flip roles and become the abusers and dominators. At the end, I still felt there were some loose ends not tied up, but still...I'd recommend it.
The narrator did a fine job creating and sustaining voices for all the major characters. I was impressed. However, the project desperately needed a producer who was paying attention. Way too many occurrences of the narrator missing the plain meaning of the sentence. A producer should have been there to say, "Let's take that one again."
All things considered, however, still a good ride!
I am always impressed when an author is able to create a fully fleshed-out world, and then has the communicative skills to pass that vision on to the mind of the reader. I definitely felt that occurred for me as I read this book. Set in a dystopian future, in the UK, this world is populated with Amaurotics (non-clairvoyants), but we spend most of our time with the Voyant (clairvoyant) segment of the population. We encounter an alien species who has been on Earth for 200 years and who are in complete control...cruel taskmasters who have little use for human life. The various types of gifting among the Voyants. And, of course, there is a restless spirit (our protagonist), who is unwilling to bend the knee to the powers-that-be (shades of Hunger Games, but of course, there were many before that as well). Frankly, had I been reading the physcial book, I'm not sure I would have fought through all the terminology. But Alana Kerr's narration was very inviting for me. It carried me through all the complexities and brought me along as a passenger tuned into the heart of the story. Her cool, dispassionate narration struck the perfect tone for such a bleak setting throughout, and she also handled a variety of accents with apparent ease. I'll confess that I love a Irish accent, so she charmed me with her delivery. I was quite surprised to hear that this was her first audio book narration. I look forward to more from her in the future.
I've listened to a half-dozen of Burke's Robicheaux novels (as well as a couple of his others). I find myself transported to the scene of the action in Burke's work more than almost any other author. His style of writing (and I'm not sophisticated enough to know if there is a genre to describe it) is so rich, layered and descriptive that is makes the content of the stories (often horrific) almost a runner-up to the constant narrative running through Robicheaux's mind. Robicheaux has seen it all, and has a world-weary aspect to his character. But he still holds out hope for the best in people, and these stories do always have redemptive aspects to them.
This is as good a novel as I've read in a very long time. Right up there with Creole Belle, the previous book in the series.
Will Patton is a wonder. His work is so smooth and he so inhabits these characters (especially Dave and Clete) that it's just a joy to listen to him. I must say that I found Gretchen's voice somewhat offputting. But other than that, it was just a lot of fun to hear Patton breathe even more life into Burke's already wonderful story. Will Patton is right up there with George Guidall in my personal polling for Best Audio Book Narrator Ever.
I truly love much of Ted Dekker's writing. He's given me scores of hours of listening pleasure. While this one didn't suck, it also just didn't resonate with me. I found the story to lack action and intrigue and even dialogue...mired in thoughts and observations. The general premise is interesting, but I didn't find the whole story to hold my interest (although I did slog through), although there were definitely places where it was pretty good. I wouldn't be interested in hearing more from this series...but based on his track record, I will still buy most anything Dekker releases.
Regarding the narrator, Philip Hodges has a decent voice and is a somewhat capable reader, but he's very inconsistent and sloppy. He needed a producer holding his feet to the fire to make his performance what it should have been. As it was, I found his sloppiness distracting and felt that it detracted from the story...whereas a narrator should at worst be transparent, if they are unable to enhance the story.
This was my first Silva book...and to be honest, I chose it from the New Releases because the best narrator in the genre (or almost anywhere), George Guidall, read it. I was very pleased with the story and will definitely be checking out more of his stuff over time!
Even though I have previously listened to (and enjoyed) Rosenberg's work, and even though I am an evangelical (and therefore would likely be the target market for the book), I too was disappointed that this was Christian fiction after not having been billed as such. If I wanted to hear prayer and scripture references, I would have bought books on the subjects (as I often do). But that's not what I thought I was getting. I gave this one several chances, and it just couldn't hook me...while at the same time pushing the Christian angle very hard. This felt like Christian fiction written with a Hal Lindsey mindset. Just not something I was interested in. Disappointed.
James Lee Burke is one of the most beautifully visual authors I've ever read. I am not a traveler, but I confess that I've thought more than once that I must visit New Iberia, Louisiana. He makes the listener so "right-at-home". The characters are familiar now, and the style is comfortable. But after listening to 6 Burke books (5 featuring Robicheaux), this may have been the best. And just a word about Will Patton: PERFECT. I am a fan of great narrators, and Patton is as good as they come (and I've had the opportunity to hear him do 2-3 others in addition to the Burke books...including Deliverance). He absolutely OWNS the voices of the characters in these books. His range of delivery while still staying tight and true to individual characters is simply amazing. I would put him alongside anyone, including George Guidall (generally my favorite) and Roy Dotrice (a true tour-de-force on the Game of Thrones books). I would give this audio book my highest recommendation!
This is my second Berenson book. He's an excellent writer. Very knowledgable, and weaves an excellent tale. And George Guidall is simply the best. Totally at ease, completely consistent. I have made multiple purchases over the years just to listen to him read. This is a great pairing and gets two thumbs up from me.
This is my 4th John Wells book. I've obviously enjoyed them, or I wouldn't keep buying them. This one is no exception. I'm enjoying hearing the origins of the series.
Unfortunately, I don't think Robertson Dean is the proper narrator for this story (and yes, I know it's too late to go back and change it now). This is the kind of thing George Guidall simply OWNS (and is no doubt why he is now doing the series). Dean is not terrible, but his voice sounds somewhat forced (trying to sound deeper than his natural range with his standard reading voice), and his characters are very weak (all of them, but especially the females). I'd rather hear him read it straight than try to deliver characters that he can't handle. So, for me...the narration is distracting, and detracts from the experience. In much the same way that I'd listen to George Guidall read almost anything...I would likely not listen to another book by Dean.
Still...this is recommended on the strength of the story alone. I find Berenson a very solid writer.
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