It's a strong entry
There was only one character - the narrator.
If you are interested in this sort of thing and/or listen to podcasts, some of the stories in this book will not be new to you. The Stanford marshmallow and prison experiments were both topics I was well aware of before this book came along. However, I did still learn quite a bit, so it wasn't a waste of time.
The exposé on the bulk organic industry was eye-opening.
The scene in the end, where Pollon serves a meal made entirely of hunted and gathered foods, was memorable - and made me hungry.
I watched Food Inc. and Fresh and read a few articles on food before I picked up this book. This one was the nail in the coffin for me. I can no longer enjoy fast food, or even stomach it.
The narrator's skill and representing the dozens of distinct characters in this book was admirable.
The story was captivating, keeping my interest until the last few pages.
This was my first Simon Vance audiobook.
No, given its astronomical length! It was very engaging, though.
Dickens is an interesting writer. This was my first Dickens book, and I noticed that he makes choices that would be frowned upon today (repeating words frequently, using adverbs after quotes). His storytelling, however, is very good, and it is easy to see why he is counted among the great novelists of his time.
The main narrator for this book did a great job. My problem was with the random guy who filled in as everyone who was quoted in the book. He acted as historical figures from all over Europe, Africa, and even Asia, all the while using the same Germanic-sounding accent and very distinct, wispy voice. This did not translate well at all and at times sounded like a caricature, particularly when he tried to adopt a fake Italian accent. When it came to Japanese, he didn't even try to modify his accent, which was probably for the better.
This book would have been stronger if 1) the main narrater just read everything or 2) there were different voice actors for each country.
The woman who described sneaking into the United States really touched me.
I listened to this audiobook in the car and I sure hope the drivers around me couldn't see me because I was sobbing the whole time! This was a very touching audiobook. Actors are all well and good, but real stories from the people who experienced them are another thing entirely.
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