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Ray

Glendale, AZ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tracie McMillan
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    What if you can't afford nine-dollar tomatoes? That was the question award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan couldn't escape as she watched the debate about America's meals unfold, one that urges us to pay food's true cost-which is to say, pay more. So in 2009 McMillan embarked on a groundbreaking undercover journey to see what it takes to eat well in America. For nearly a year, she worked, ate, and lived alongside the working poor to examine how Americans eat when price matters.

    Tim says: "Gringa Whines"
    "Very Interesting"
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    Great read. I only gave it 3 stars but the overall subject is still good, and it can serve as an eye opener for the uninitiated or just an interesting read for those already schooled on the "food" movement.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Defiant: Grid Down

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John W. Vance
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    When Nicholas McNeil, a father and dedicated husband, turned out the lights in his suburban home Sunday night, they would never turn on again. During the early Monday morning hours, a spectacular and well-coordinated attack destroys the grid and brings the United States to its knees.

    Michael Rowe says: "Nicely written and narrated."
    "Very Good"
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    Good read. It was very similar to another book of the same type but not so much as to be problematic. And nutty HOA types are common to several books of the genre and really, for the kind of message that these books are trying to tell, the annoying HOA zealot neighbor is the perfect foil.

    It's also good in that it leads to a second book quite well. My only interest in these stories is the fall and immediate aftermath. The "life goes on" scenario of new civilizations etc is more sic-fi than I'm typically interested in and a series that nicely puts this "fall & aftermath" in two books is about the perfect fit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Days of Noah: Book One: Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mark Goodwin
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (149)

    Could we be living in a time of which there is more prophetic writings than of any period in history? Noah Parker, like many in the United States, has been asleep at the wheel. During his complacency, the founding precepts of America have been slowly, systematically destroyed by a conspiracy that dates back hundreds of years. The signs can no longer be ignored and Noah is forced to pull his head out of the sand and see things for what they really are.

    kyle says: "Took a risk and was pleasantly surprised"
    "Good book from a Christian POV"
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    Pretty good book that lays out some food for thought about end of the world type of situations.

    Although it's a Christian book, it doesn't get too Pollyanna-ish. Non-Christians could read it and enjoy it nonetheless, but those with an anti-Christian bias wouldn't like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Making Supper Safe: One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Hewitt
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    In Making Supper Safe, Ben Hewitt exposes the vulnerabilities inherent to the US food industry, where the majority of our processing facilities are inspected only once every seven years. It turns out that in our increasingly complicated food system, pathogenic bacteria are everywhere. Food recalls have become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice them.

    Ray says: "Great Book"
    "Great Book"
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    Great book. Balanced with lots of facts and short on any kind of preachy message.

    And who knew Bronson Pinchot was such a great narrator. Really. He made Hewitt's mildly dry humor really very funny. When I see Pinchot's name listed in the future, it will be a definite selling point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Roberts
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Paul Robert digs down to the economic roots of the problem, shows how it has metastisized to affect every facet of our lives and our ability to navigate the future. In clear, cogent prose that mixes illuminating analysis and vibrant reporting, Roberts not only tells the fascinating story of how the impulse society came to be, but shows how, perhaps, a healthier society may still be possible.

    Thug4life says: "Required Reading"
    "Good But Subjective"
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    The author makes some powerful observations and in the abstract is spot on. I could only give the book three stars however due to the book's extremely subjective nature. He takes his many good points and then muddies the water badly with his personal narrative on one political party, global warming, et cetera.

    A better book to get one started on this overall topic would be Shop Class as Soulcraft by Michael Crawford. It's non-political and makes more objective points as to how culture has changed under the influence of technology and easy credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End: A Post Apocalyptic Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By G. Michael Hopf
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (272)

    For Gordon Van Zandt, life was one of duty and loyalty to his country, so when 9/11 happened he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This youthful idealism soon vanished, one fateful day in a war torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past, but must now face a new reality thrust upon him and his family.

    North America, Europe, and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack that has caused catastrophic damage

    Jan says: "So Dissapointed"
    "Must Read For the Genre"
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    Negative reviews tend to give more info than positive reviews so I bought this with some reservation due to some of the seemingly reasonable negative reviews.

    However, they were completely and totally wrong. It's a really cool book. Period.

    Some of the scenarios may seem far fetched, but in context to the genre itself, they're not far fetched at all. (Read some ancient history for a fuller context.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sam Sheridan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (310)

    Sam Sheridan has been an amateur boxer, mixed martial arts fighter, professional wilderness firefighter, EMT, sailor, and cowboy, and has worked in construction at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse, we're all in a lot of trouble. But when Sam had his son and settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. Sam decided to face his fears head-on, embarking on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that might come in handy should the world as we know it end....

    Bradley says: "Well written, well researched, and entertaining."
    "It's Okay I guess"
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    There's some high spots that were okay, but it really rambles too much on side subjects. The zombie scenario is meant to be cute I guess, but it's not as clever as I think he meant it to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (913)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "Good Book"
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    Pretty decent. The NPR, quasi-left wing views of the protagonist and his wife seem to offset the overall nature of the book. Even the flaws of the main character are constructed to build the story and teach an indirect lesson for end of the world scenarios. Even the fact that it's technically not an end of the world story, but merely a really bad time for humanity seems to make the point of a lesson for a prepared mindset.

    0 of 0 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
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    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.

    Alan says: "A guide to living a fulfilling life"
    "Must Read"
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    Well, not for everyone, but for those who are at least a little disturbed by the disposable culture we now live in, it's a must read. Not as good "Shop Class as Soulcraft" though to be fair, the author isn't trying to write the same book so perhaps it's just different.

    Easier to read than Pirsig's "Zen" and definitely more to the point, it belongs on the same as shelf as these two books as well Richard Sennett, David Pye et al.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (829)

    We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

    Jason DeFillippo says: "Great book I wish I had 25 years ago"
    "Worth Reading; Interesting"
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    It's not a substitute for the stoics themselves, nor other well known figures who have used their obstacles as footholds, but if a person is young or otherwise not well read in such areas, this could be a good introduction. (I skipped the epilogue with the other author who's name I don't remember. He's a self-help guy, kind of smarmy and fake, but don't let that dissuade the would-be reader.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nina Teicholz
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (351)

    Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

    Ted says: "Great book. Challenges your belief system."
    "Solid Information; Must Read"
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    I confess that I thought the author might just be trying to ride on Gary Taubes' coat tails, and was a little skeptical, but she covered a lot of details that Taubes didn't and really delved into some of the more interesting facts behind the political wrangling over the various kinds of oils, etc.

    It's a must read for anyone that is truly interested in the facts and detailed history of how the current public health situation became so badly disorientated.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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