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Peter

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  • 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
    (3358)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1119)

    "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"
    "great"
    Overall

    loved the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sylvia Nasar
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    John Nash was a mathematician teetering on the brink of international acclaim, but he fell instead into madness. Saved by the love of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community, he went on to win a Nobel Prize and worldwide fame. This is his true story.

    Peter says: "Reality is often more interesting than fiction"
    "Reality is often more interesting than fiction"
    Overall

    I have found few books online that I have not been able to put down, but this was one. I am amazed as to how much information survived about John Nash's history--the author has done an admirable job of pulling it all together.

    Dont let the mathematical themes scare you either. Although the technical side of John Nash is well represented, the focus of the biography is on Dr. Nash's personal story--a story that is both inspirational and disturbing.

    I have not heard the unabridged version, but found no trouble getting through the full version. In fact, by the end of the recording I was sorry it was so short.

    In contrast to the first reviewer, I found the narrator to be very good. The comment that the narrator sounded like a psychiatrist may be because psychiatric topics are discussed (a key part of Nash's life was his scitzophrenia), not because the reading is dry.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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