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David

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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
    (3443)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1194)

    "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"
    "One of the most impactful books I have ever read."
    Overall

    This presentation is by far the best of any subject matter to which I have ever been exposed. The subject matter of where our food comes from is one that greatly interests me. But above and beyond the surface of this subject matter, the writing style and clarity with which Pollan writes is stunning. His writing is at once, scientific, insightful, extremely emotional and powerfully but subtly philosophical. The amount of ground covered from pole to pole is extraordinary. Starting with the industrial food chain and it's main component of corn, to the anachronistic farm of Joel Salatin and finally to the emotionally gripping journey of hunting and gathering, not a single detail is spared or missed as oversight. To cover such a wide range of topics in such incredible detail and with such care is absolutely astonishing.

    The narrator brought the presentation to life. He read the book with such zeal and care that he gave me the sense that he was just as interested in the book as I was and that we were reading the book together. The visual imagery that Pollan sought to put into his book came fervently alive with color, power and humor.

    This presentation is stunning and incredible. The subject matter is important to all of us as humans and I am greatly appreciative to Mr. Pollan for bringing this knowledge into my life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (339)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    Rebecca Roztocil says: "Excellent Reading!"
    ""Whachu talkin' 'bout Bruzzz..." WOW!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about A Rage in Harlem?

    Samuel L. Jackson. Period. Sam brought these characters to visceral, warm-blooded life. The best narration I have ever heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strength and development of the characters.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The imagery of the characters. Through Sam's voice alone, each and every character has a soul. Each character has an identity that materializes from Sam's voice. It's almost like he is reading a screen play!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "A tale of hustlers, con-men, pimps and thieves during the Harlem Renaissance."


    Any additional comments?

    By far the best performance from a narrator in the history of audio literature. The bar has been set by Sam Jackson and it may never be reset.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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