Only Michael Pollan can take the idea of how we cook our food and make that most basic of activities relate to who we are and how we came to be human.
I was intrigued by the idea that we are the only animals who cook our food...and that may be what, in fact, what allowed our brains to get enough energy-dense meals fast enough to allow our energy-hog brains to develop. Fire also took us from solitary hunter/gatherers to social beings. The last chapter, about fermentation, was absolutely fascinating. What we have done to damage the microflora we need in our co-evolution with the microbial world is the information we need to make better decisions as a society.
I've never heard Michael Pollan read before, and, of course, he is the perfect voice for his words. He is a charming and engaging reader. (In a tiny comment, he do wish he say genu-in rather then genu-wine.)
I am an unabashed fan of this writer whose brilliance and intriguing topics touch all of us in such fundamental ways!
Encouraging, challenging, informational
I really didn't want this book to end.
Young women will be reminded of the ground on which their current opportunities are built. They (and male readers) will get great management tips and will learn how women (supported by partners) can reach their goals and be encouraged not to "settle" for less than they can be.
This book ranks among the best of the books I've heard.
My favorite scene is the dramatic revelation at the house in the woods where the cadet torture takes place.
Dan John Miller was the perfect voice for these characters. His accent and talent are incredible, but I was surprised at how many words he mispronounced. It seems someone in the editing booth could have helped with this.
Catching Fire ranks in the lower third of the books I've listened to.
Carolyn McCormick brought passion and perspective to the characters, all of whom were distinctive by her performance.
I listened to this recommended trilogy, though I should have known its brutal premise would be difficult for me. I had hoped, after struggling through the first two books, that the final book would bring a resolution that I might dub "happy." I felt the resolution was not successful, barely tolerable and discouraging. Again, part of my assessment is colored by the fact that this kind of violent premise, with its accompanying relentless heartlessness and suffering, is not my kind of fiction.
I learned a lot about the other Biblical sources...especially the other apocalyptic literature...that was concurrent with the book written by John of Patmos, but was left out of the canon.
This is a bit tough to listen to if you are not able to give it your full attention. There is a lot of scholarly commentary. For me, this is a more "visual" book.
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