This was tough to listen to at times, but very engaging. I felt like I was there...it made history come alive for me. When I finished the book, I did a little more research and thought about the experience. To me, that is the true sign of a good book - the impact it has AFTER you have read the final page.
This book is a collection of stories that together provide insight into the terrible situation in Sudan. It is a little difficult to keep everybody straight at first, but the different narrators help with that after a while.
I was sucked in to this book pretty quickly and I was sad when it was over. The story was very engaging and the characters were well developed. The narrator made me forget I was listening to an audio book...I felt like he was telling me his own story. I plan on listening to this book again.
I plan on listening to this book again. This book has enough scientific food for thought that a second listen is a good idea. I definitely enjoyed it enough to listen twice! It was written to entertain in addition to providing a paradigm shift on how we view coevolution of certain plants with humans. Michael Pollan is a great story teller!
The structure of this book reminds me of the way the author set up The Omnivores Dilemma -the story is divided into four sections, each focusing on a different plant (apple, tulip, cannabis, potato), but all with the same purpose of helping us view our human interaction with each from the plant perspective (who's manipulating who?)
Scott Brick has a great speaking voice and tells this story as if it were his own. As I listen, I forget that he is reading a book - it feels more like he is explaining his ideas to me.
You will never look at your plants the same way again!
You don't have to be a botanist to enjoy and benefit from this book - enjoy it!
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