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Daniel

Pawtucket, RI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (507)

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "Important book, terrible narrator"
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    What did you like best about In Defense of Food? What did you like least?

    For some reason, the narrator chose to read this in a smarmy, sing-songy, declamatory style that was extremely annoying. It's a shame, as the book is an important part of the dialogue about health, eating, and the food chain.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (192)

    A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

    A. Millard says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Good Dickens, Great Performance"
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    Would you listen to Our Mutual Friend again? Why?

    If you're a Dickens lover, then you're used to the intricate plots, the bizarre personalities, and the occasional frustration of having to sit through a scene with characters you don't like. This is good Dickens, not great, with a Deus ex Machina that's only a little less ridiculous than that in Martin Chuzzlewit. David Timson, however, is nothing short of fantastic. Every character is uniquely realized, and you can completely forget that you're listening to a single person reading. Highly recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2798)
    Performance
    (2388)
    Story
    (2391)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Good story, uneven performance"
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    If you could sum up Agent to the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    The story was surprisingly strong, and occasionally went in unlikely, though interesting directions. Will Wheaton's perfomance, however, was disappointing. It was impossible to tell several of his male characters apart, a significant problem when they were talking to each other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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