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  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1471)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (749)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "When I grow up I want to write like this"
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    What did you love best about The Botany of Desire?

    The combination of biology and the humanities in such clear, beautiful prose. Pollan breathes life into the subject


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galileo

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Reston, Jr.
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    The founder of modern science and the embodiment of the conflict between science and faith, Galileo remains the most fascinating figure of his age. In this biography, James Reston Jr. provides a lively, vivid portrait of Galileo, taking the listener to the heart of this passionate, embattled, arrogant, and brilliant man.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lifesavr"
    "Juvenile science"
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    The author describes Galileo's relationship to the external world, but fails to discuss the reasoning behind his support for the Copernican hypothesis. For example tides are mentioned in relation to their appearance, but there is no discussion of their relevance to the issues under discussion.
    The audio delivery is simply disgraceful, with long distracting pauses. Audible should consider discontinuing this audiobook.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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