While I think the author does an admirable job of narration. it is somewhat problematic in the beginning getting the characters straight as she bounces through the timeline using a very similar voice for each one. I suspect the book is clearer to read than listen to. While going back and forth through the timeline is an interesting writers technique, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Some of the story could've just been told chronologically.
If you want a light summer read that you can probably guess at the outcome. The love interest and love scenes are really not needed, but romantic fluff.
I would if the actors in it were good, but likely this is a made for television type.
Enjoyed the story telling immensely and was able to lose myself in the characterization. Some stories are very interesting but the narration is painful to listen to and you can't stay with it. This is read extremely well and full of emotion. Rather like being at a play.
The storyline is full of the description of place and scene setting that I love, but the action takes so long to unravel. It needs a faster pace to cut to the chase.
Yes, but that would take too long. I enjoy listening to it in long passages in the evening in place of the boring summer tv.
I think a tighter storyline with more action than personal introspection would be better. The whole Paul storyline where the protagonist breaks up from her husband was frankly not neccessary to the plot at all and didn't go anywhere in the end. Also, the story just seems to stop as if there had been little point to the whole thing.
Intriguing, enjoyable and wonderful
Looking at the extraordinarily beautiful maladaptive strategy of the tulip that eventually dies of the bacterium from the perspective of the selective strategy of the bacterium. We are so sure that the world is all about us and our
I didn't have a favorite and wondered if the tone of his narrative was similar to the personality of author. Somewhat wry in humour but perhaps a bit smartypants.
The potato farmer looking at this fields of depleted soil and the number of chemicals he must use on them for the only marketable crop and how he felt about manipulating the potato gene and making a living. He won't even eat what he grows! Is he really just a dependent pawn in the big system?
I enjoyed the cross disciplinary nature of the book, which is part botany, part history, part cultural linguistics and part geography. Its terrific and demonstrates and breadth and depth of learning that is brilliantly explained in terms that anyone can absorb.
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