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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
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    (291)
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    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "Incredible life and writing, narration not for me"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Brown?

    I may be able to listen to other Richard Brown narrations, but not when it requires quoting a distinctive person from history. In volume I Frederick Davidson did a masterful job of channeling Churchill. It was as if all of Churchill's early life was "on the mic". I believed I was listening to Churchill himself. Unfortunately Brown cannot pull it off, and it is a let down. As great as Manchester's writing is I don't think I can put myself through Volume II wishing I was listening to Davidson every time WSC is quoted. If you like Richard Brown's voice then get this Book. It's incredible history.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (3437)
    Performance
    (1190)
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    (1189)

    "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"
    "Change the way you look at food"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book gave me a near complete view of where our food comes from. I've heard many of the stories - tidbits here and there about hormones in our meat and antibiotics in our milk - but this book filled in all those gaps and then some.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There's no one "tidbit" to get from this book. It's loaded with interesting info about our foods. From corn-based everything, to self sustaining farms, to the mysteries behind mushrooms this book covers it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Being the judicious person I am I'd like to read something from a counterpoint and I intend to do that. I would say that Pollan was very evenhanded in this book. I'm quite sure that he is something near an evolutionary atheist, but he treated those of differing views with complete equality. The Christian farmer was not portrayed as an closed-minded buffoon as most east coast based journalists would do. Pollan even defended this farmer against one of his elitist colleagues. I give him credit for this.

    This book is meant to be about food, the history of food sources and how it becomes our food. I understand that there must be some talk about the purpose and function of various organs or components of all the species involves. Pollan spends much time describing the evolution based development of these organisms. I don't mind this, but if he is going to devote so much ink to this belief I'd like to see him be just as judicious with this subject as he was with all the others. Maybe some ruminating about the implications of intelligent design along some about evolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise of Sleep

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William C. Dement
    • Narrated By Jeff McCarthy
    Overall
    (132)
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    (28)
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    (25)

    Healthful sleep has been proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity. And yet we are a sleep-sick society, ignorant of the facts of sleep - and the price of sleep deprivation. Dr. Dement takes us on a fascinating tour of the sleeping body and mind in this eye-opening program.

    Kelly says: "Great things to know"
    "Great sleep information"
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    If you could sum up The Promise of Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Habit Changing


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this title to learn about sleep, and I did just that. I now go about my life with many of the lessons learned from this book affecting my daily planning. I enjoyed some of the history behind sleep science and knowing that we are in the infancy of field.At times the author would descend into what he believes social policy should be around sleep. I could do without these distractions and some of his covert political partisanship. If you can ignore these policy statements there's lots to learn about sleep in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11369)
    Performance
    (9841)
    Story
    (9813)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Enthralling"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    If you like biographies of interesting people this fits perfectly. I wanted to listen every chance I had. Well written, and I really enjoyed the narrator's delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    There's much to learn from the life of Steve Jobs, whether you loved or hated him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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