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Douglas

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  • Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Jon Van Ness
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us Cod, Salt, and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture.

    David says: "Birdseye - one step too far for Kurlansky"
    ""Birdseye" worth a listen"
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    I've listened to other Mark Kurlansky books and admire his single-mindedness. Really admire that he elevated a truly forgotten inventor and eccentric to a biography-worthy subject. The "inventor" of flash-frozen foods has changed out world dramatically and made us all part of an international food marketplace, yet he is forgotten.

    Fascinating story, but I have to say Kurlansky really just went through the paces. I wonder if he got a bit bored by his subject at some point. Jon Van Ness's narration is also off - stilted and lacking in continuity.

    All that said, what a great story of a great, long-lost American!

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