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This was a delightful Audible listen that answered many of those cooking questions that many of us have always wanted to ask, but knew no one with more than a folklore rationale. Wolke offers not only scientific explanations to why good cooking requires so many mystical steps, but explains them in terms that anyone can understand. At the same time, he does not trivialize the science or use explanations that make those of us with science backgrounds shudder at his analogies and metaphors because of banality. His prose is filled with clever repartee. Finally, Wolke is comprehensive and well organized in answering all kinds of questions related to foods, cooking, and kitchen craft.
Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein is a slow but engaging thriller about a killer driven by his belief that women should not be priests, ministers, or preachers. Fairstein sprinkles this timely story with interesting historical factoids about New York City where the story is set. I enjoyed what I learned about New York City as much as I did the suspense of the plot.
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People (Audio) by Gary Chapman is an effort to extend the concepts from his first book, The 5 Languages of Love into the workplace. In my opinion, it is only partially successful. The relationship one shares with his or her spouse is far more intimate than one shared with coworkers. This makes it harder to identify the type of reinforcement needed. Still, the techniques suggested cannot hurt workplace relationships. Genuine appreciation of colleagues and subordinates always makes making working together easier.
The Death Collectors by Jack Kerley is a very tedious whodunit. It is a story of sociopathic serial killers and those who collect the macabre memorabilia that they produce. I had to pinch myself often to stay awake as I listened to it. The characters were uninteresting and the plot was dull.
I found Tanenbaum's first Carp novel more a development of interesting characters than the development of a engaging plot. Still, I enjoyed the listen.
Bolt by Dick Francis is a pleasantly paced Whodunit with the intelligent British style that makes reading or listening a pleasure. It fascinates me that a Welch writer who quit school at 15 can write so much better than many American writers who have forced themselves through various graduate degrees. One wonders if it is the water, the latitude, or the educational system.
Heroes and Legends: The most influential characters of literature by Thomas A. Shippey is made up of 24 lectures in which he analyzes heroes and heroines from classical and popular literature. His basic hypothesis throughout the lectures was that what was happening at the time authors created their characters had the most to do with what defined them as heroes or heroines. The truth of this position was best argued in the lectures on Odysseus, Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1984, James Bond, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , and Harry Potter. His discussions of these characters gave me new insight into previously enjoyed reads and listens.
The Judgment by Beverly Lewis was a very odd listen for me. I bought it as a daily special on Audible. I felt a little embarrassed when I realized that young adult females who are devout Christians were the target audience. As a senior male, I still found the simple story with minimal conflict interesting because decorated the story with peaks into the rich Amish culture of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. The Judgment is the second installment in the Rose trilogy, named for main character and narrator of the story. I may just get the first and third installments to see how much more I can learn about the Amish. Afterwards I can give them to my first granddaughter when I am blessed with one.
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute is a simple but beautiful story about an elderly barrister, a young woman who survived internment by the Japanese in WWII, and the Australian man she comes to love. The characters are so perfectly British except for the Australian. The plot is very linear with only a few bumps of conflict yet I could not break away from this engaging listen. Again I am convinced that if it is by a British author, it is hard for any story to be told poorly
This is an excellent mystery with a twist at the end but you'll never expect.
If you your politics are ultra conservative and you were disappointed when the cold war ended because there was less to fear, this fantasy is for you. If you believe the world should belong only to strong and the fit, this is your Bible. If you thrive when there is something to fear then be refreshed by this view of dystopia. As for me and my house, we will continue to believe that man continues to evolve and will ultimately conquer that which is most elusive, peace and justice.
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