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Hilary

Los Angeles, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3440)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1192)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Sustainably Informative"
    Overall

    Pollan's book was informative and researched. There's little manipulation here just the facts. As a vegetarian, I believed that I was making the "right and ethical" decision by eating what I could not kill. Pollan's book made me rethink everything with an eye towards sustainability and nature (would chickens as they are now be found in nature?). This book has truly changed my views on marketing, cooking and eating. The narrator is just perfect, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (285)

    Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy - and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much.

    Donald says: "Best Audiobook Ever"
    "Flat Characters"
    Overall

    The Good: great narration.... Despite the fact that the book cornered characters into a restricted range of behavior- the narrator made the best of it. He was truly impressive and I believe I kept listening due to his prowess.
    The Bad: this morality tale hiding behind the guise of a mystery becomes tiresome. If the concepts of forgiveness, the psychology of cutting, or the sticky web of family had ever been truly scratched I would have been satisfied; however, to speak the name and think that you have given the subject due diligence is just a shame.
    The Ugly: how many times can a girlfriend lose her cool, slap her boyfriend, say "I'm sorry, but you left me" before you begin to yawn or at least reach for fast forward OR How many times can the angry young man act like THE ANGRY YOUNG MAN before you as the reader begin to say "okay leave" or "okay kill him" or "okay, but please go see a shrink?" Listening to this book was like wading to your ankles in the shallow end.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (602)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Elysabeth Cummings says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "An examined religion"
    Overall

    "Under the Banner of Heaven" is a novel which truly examines the roots of a new religion. This book could be about any of the world's religions, but since the Mormon religion is so new and so well-documented it is easy to understand how Krakauer chose Mormonism to write about. Interesting to remember the religious fervor is not relegated strictly to folks outside of the US borders. A great narration and read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Tony Goldwyn
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Two men embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the 20th century: Daniel Hudson Burnham, the brilliant director of works for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; and Henry H. Holmes, who used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths.

    KMP says: "Wonderfully evocative, and well-presented"
    "Where have all the World's Fairs gone?"
    Overall

    Frankly, I don't know what was more interesting- the improbability and final construction of the Chicago's World's Fair (you'll appreciate Ferris Wheels in a new way) or the audacity and inherent evil of the serial murderer that Larson describes. Well read and a wonderful account of a moment in history. Check out the pictures on the internet of Chicago's World's Fair- it was really grand.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6018)
    Performance
    (2200)
    Story
    (2226)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Beautifully written and graciously inspired."
    Overall

    What a listen! So well read! I found myself becoming more and more antisocial because of this book. This book was written with such understanding and compassion that it is hard to believe that it is not true. Regardless, the characters are so carefully crafted with so many authentic, human faults that you can't help but love them or, at the very least, their struggle. What a gift of a novel. Thank you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "Germs, Complacency and Fast Food"
    Overall

    This book truly reminds you of the need for instant gratification our society cultivates and the price (which we rarely investigate) that need wreaks on our lives. An eye-opening book that calls into question the ethics of capitalism gone wild and the complacency of our consumerism gone out to pasture- who is running the show here? Essentially, we're much like those doe-eyed cows going into slaughter- never questioning the product or the production. Kudos to the author- this book was informative, well-written and provocative.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Exercise and Health

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Gina Kolata, science reporter to The New York Times, takes a fascinating journey into the fads, fictions and genuine innovations that have defined the world of physical fitness.

    Laura says: "What a waste"
    "Really Bad"
    Overall

    I thought I would get something more than the narcissistic ramblings of the author. I kept hoping it would get better, but with a good hour spent on her and her husband's spinning class, it was truly a waste of time. Trust me, the time listening to this book would be better spent working out.

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful

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