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Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 149 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "Fascinating New Perspective"
    If you could sum up The Botany of Desire in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, enjoyable and wonderful

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Botany of Desire?

    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

    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    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.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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?

    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Enjoyable, but predictable"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.

    Would you recommend A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    See above.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would if the actors in it were good, but likely this is a made for television type.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dark Devotion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Clare Francis
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter

    To those who knew her, Grace Dearden is an extraordinary woman. Beautiful, clever - and admired. But Grace has been missing for over a week, leaving no clue as to her whereabouts. Even to the police, dutifully combing the lonely Norfolk marshes, she seems to have simply vanished into the black depths of winter. A desperate call from Grace’s husband summons the help of Alex O’Neill, an old family friend. But even she finds the truth as elusive as the sea’s rising tide.

    RueRue says: "Excellent narration !"
    "Compelling narration"
    Where does A Dark Devotion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding Grace.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.

    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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