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michelle

Royal Oak, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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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
    (1530)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (801)

    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"
    "A very niche orientated type of story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy listening to this book. It made me think to apply different scientific theorems in ways that I haven't.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the formulations about co-evolution of the specific plants.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    No character, a non-fiction book.


    Was The Botany of Desire worth the listening time?

    Yes, but a scientific or botanical leaning or preference is needed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6487)
    Performance
    (5838)
    Story
    (5841)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "An enchanting book"
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    Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks very high among the audiobooks that I've listened to. It was enjoyable from the first paragraph.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the natural attitude towards unnatural beings that the story took. It is supernatural fantasy at it's best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All scenes were quite comparable in fun and the amount of enjoyment.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shadow of Night and why?

    The two main characters, Diana and Matthew are the most memorable, because of their unlikely chemistry and wit.


    Any additional comments?

    I would completely recommend these books, for their lighthearted and enduring entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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