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Alan

Minnetonka, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Adam Gopnik
    • Narrated By Adam Gopnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Multiple award-winning author Adam Gopnik has written for the New Yorker since 1986. In this work, Gopnik charts America’s transformation from being simply aware of what they eat to being obsessive about it. This fascinating culinary journey will transport listeners from 18th-century France and the origin of America’s popular modern tastes to the kitchens of the White House and beyond.

    Alan says: "Beautifully written, uneven content"
    "Beautifully written, uneven content"
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    Adam Gopnik's writing comes close to poetry at times, and he's an excellent reader of his own work. I enjoyed this book when he was talking about the big issues related to food: what it means, how it relates to who we are as a family or society. But when he got into the details of particular restaurants and cuisine, it felt a little nerdy and boring. So overall, the book had sections of great eloquence and meaning, with occasional dull patches in between.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Korn
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In this moving account, Peter Korn explores the nature and rewards of creative practice. We follow his search for meaning as an Ivy-educated child of the middle class who finds employment as a novice carpenter on Nantucket, transitions to self-employment as a designer and maker of fine furniture, takes a turn at teaching and administration at Colorado's Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and then founds a school in Maine: the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an internationally respected nonprofit institution.

    Kevin Adams says: "Thoughtful and Well Written"
    "A guide to living a fulfilling life"
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    This book is rich and dense in a good way, and stands up to repeated listenings. Korn weaves together his own life story, a history of the craft movement (the only part of the book where the momentum sags a bit), and a philosophy for living a meaningful and fulfilling life. If you're anyone trying to create something--whether writer, artist, musician, craftsperson, whatever--I haven't found a deeper guide to that journey anywhere. Inspiring!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Losing It: In Which an Aging Professor Laments His Shrinking Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By William Ian Miller
    • Narrated By Michael Scherer
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    In Losing It, William Ian Miller brings his inimitable wit and learning to the subject of growing old: too old to matter, of either rightly losing your confidence or wrongly maintaining it, culpably refusing to face the fact that you are losing it. The "it" in Miller's "losing it" refers mainly to mental faculties - memory, processing speed, sensory acuity, the capacity to focus. But it includes other evidence as wel l- sags and flaccidities, aches and pains, failing joints and organs. What are we to make of these tell-tale signs?

    Alan says: "Misleading title"
    "Misleading title"
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    The title leads you to believe that Miller will be giving his personal experience of aging. But there's very little in the book about that. Miller is a scholar and historian, and devotes the bulk of the book to analyzing classical and ancient texts (including the Bible and Norse tales). And he by no means restricts himself to the subject of aging. He talks about whatever issues are raised by the texts he's interested in: blood feuds, the collection of debts, etc.

    Early in the book Miller half-seriously jokes about his own ADD and his tendency to follow the thread of whatever interests him. But once you've followed this meadering book for a couple of hours, the joke doesn't feel so funny anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Sullivan
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    In Seven Dirty Words, journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan tells the story of Alternative America from the 1950s to the present, from the singular vantage point of George Carlin, the Catholic boy for whom nothing was sacred.

    Dubi says: "Couldn't Get Halfway Through"
    "Very little news about Carlin here"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're interested in a showbiz resume, this book gives the bare facts about Carlin's professional life


    Has Seven Dirty Words turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If a biographer does not have any special access either to the subject of the bio or to people who have inside information, then it's better to study the subject's own works.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I'm a huge fan of Carlin's work, so it was a great disappointment to find that there was so little new information about the man here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Dead Yet: A Feisty Bohemian Explores the Art of Growing Old

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Herbert Gold
    • Narrated By Alpha Trivette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    “Old age is a shipwreck,” Charles de Gaulle once observed. Not so, says Herb Gold in this lively, often hilarious memoir of his first seven decades. He is clearly enjoying every moment to its fullest. This is a book about how time overtakes us, how reminiscence, loss, hope, pain, success, failure—the lifelong accumulation of dreams and reality—crowd about us with every passing day.

    Alan says: "Poorly written."
    "Poorly written."
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    What would have made Not Dead Yet better?

    Less of a flip attitude. More attention to detail.


    What was most disappointing about Herbert Gold’s story?

    The distance between the writer and his own story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was standard.


    Any additional comments?

    Consider essays and non-fiction by first-rate writers like Philip Lopate, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Ames, David Rackoff, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accent Your Character - Scottish: Dialect Training

    • ORIGINAL (25 mins)
    • By Paul Meier
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    Add some kick to your characters with some quick and simple Scottish dialect training. Paul Meier has been training actors for over 25 years and now offers his experience to the casual pretender in this entertaining presentation. You will find accent tips, colloquialisms, and charismatic character concepts that will add to your storytelling, roleplaying, or cosplay.

    Alan says: "Nothing but an informercial"
    "Nothing but an informercial"
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    This is--in effect--an infomercial for the author's more substantial training package--which itself isn't that great either. Here Meier mainly just speaks a variety of Scottish phrases, with very little explanation or teaching. If you want to hear Scottish accents, you can hear them for free on Scottish radio on the internet. If you want to learn to speak with a Scottish accent in a systematic way, it's not going to happen with this short presentation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    Americans are a "positive" people - cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal 19th-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude.

    Susan says: "Finally an Answer to "The Secret""
    "This book changed my life"
    Overall

    Every now and then a book will actually change how I see the world, and this book is one of those. Wonderfully written and beautifully read, it points out a way of thinking that's so ubiquitous it's hard to see. And the author doesn't hammer you with arguments--she mainly just gives the facts and lets you draw the conclusions yourself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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