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Ron Worthington

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  • Eating Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (299)

    Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

    Natalie says: "Surprisingly Even-Handed"
    "Revelation for the Millennial Generation"
    Overall

    This book is groundbreaking in revealing a dark side of human behavior and an industry that most people view as benign or is invisible. The parental command "Eat your food!" takes on entirely new meaning with this book. In a sense, it picks up the thread started by Upton Sinclair over 100 years ago, revealing examples of unbelievable human behavior and greed in the factory meat industry, first described in SInclair's The Jungle.
    The book is very well written, well documented and technically correct. After listening to the audiobook, I bought the hardcopy to verify his references. The audiobook is well spoken and does not indulge in theatrical voicings like some nonfiction book readers like to do.
    Foer develops two critical questions that impact individual health and character, and the well being of society as a whole: 1) is it possible to raise and then kill sentient animals for food in an ethical and humane manner; 2) if so, how do we do that? He does not preach answers to either question, but explores the thinking and emotions behind those issues. It is perfectly conceivable that a meat loving omnivore would read this book and choose not to change eating habits; but no thinking person could read this book and then fail to question the culture and institutions that put her meat on the table.
    If you are interested in the relationship between what you and your family eat and your health, and in the ethical quality of the institutions - governmental as well as corporate - that subsidize and invest in the factory farming industry, you must read or listen to this book. Then see the the movie Food, Inc. I don't know if Foer and Kenner worked together to make a package, but Foer's book and Kenner's documentary synergize for an astonishing impact.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

    Brian says: "The Journey of Crazy Horse"
    "Fabulous oral history"
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    If you could sum up The Journey of Crazy Horse in three words, what would they be?

    riveting, personal, spiritual


    What other book might you compare The Journey of Crazy Horse to and why?

    nothing for this specific topic and oral history


    Which character – as performed by Joseph M. Marshall III – was your favorite?

    question doesn't make sense for this story telling by there author


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not possible, but I finished it very quickly


    Any additional comments?

    This oral history jives well with various 'scholarly' histories of the events and times. But is delves much deeper into the Lakota perspective on the times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1: The Mormons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By David Smalley
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    In this first book of The Complete Heretic's Guide to World Religion series, historian and award-winning atheist author Dave Fitzgerald takes us behind the Salt Lake curtain for a glimpse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and answers your questions: Where did this multi-billion dollar tax-exempt corporation come from? Did Joseph Smith really sleep with all those women? Are the Mormons going to take over the whole world, and if so, is there any way to stop them? But that's not all!

    Bob Killian says: "Hilarious and disturbing history."
    "The lunatic movement that gave rise to Scientology"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    well documented facts


    What did you like best about this story?

    that it is true, and that it reveals so much about the ethical and character failings of our forefathers. Also, that it is an obvious template for L Ron Hubbard's lunatic Scientology narrative of Xenu and his other crazy stories, that constitute Scientology's so-called theology, and also the CoS business model of 'tithing', by cash or slavery.


    Which character – as performed by David Smalley – was your favorite?

    Joseph Smith, Jr.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is disturbing that a lecherous, thieving liar like Joseph Smith, Jr., was able to attract any following at all. As to whether this is a Christian religion - read his own words that there is no one God - Mormonism is a polytheistic religion! A total rejection of the Abrahamic tradition.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times best-selling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.

    Robert says: "Seemed a little forced (though he warns you)"
    "this rocks"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas to be better than the print version?

    yes, because the author reads and performs it.

    I just spent $50 to hear him live for an hour. This was $15 to hear him live for 5 hours. What a deal!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    silly question


    What does Lewis Black bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Lewis Black


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Lewis Black is one of my greatest fun times in audible purchases. Go for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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