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  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1307)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (438)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Sad for Joan, but missed the magic"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Joan Didion and/or Barbara Caruso?

    Probably not. I am sad for the author and her loss but didn't feel her retelling of her grieving process was anything new or magical.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joan Didion again?

    Probably not.


    What three words best describe Barbara Caruso’s performance?

    adequate, mature, clear


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness to be sure. Disappointed because the title led me to believe there would be some magic involved in her year of grieving but I didn't get any magic from it, just someone sharing their grief.


    Any additional comments?

    disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gary Taubes
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (1776)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1106)

    Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

    Igor N. says: "Are you looking for an attachement for the book?"
    "Horrible, boring, worthless drivel... Atkins diet"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Why We Get Fat?

    Nothing but meaningless inaccurately placed research to support a pretense that is inaccurate.


    What was most disappointing about Gary Taubes’s story?

    It offered me nothing of value, nothing real. Any common sense would tell you his research is inaccurate and his conclusions drawn from the research of others totally misses the mark. This seemed, to me, to be nothing but a re-boot of the Atkins diet revolution.


    How could the performance have been better?

    not be published.


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

    not for me... sorry.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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