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Brian Spring

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  • Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Herve This
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    This book will appeal to foodies and those who are deprived of cookbooks in audio format. Molecular Gastronomy documents the sensory phenomena of eating and uses basic physics to put to bed many culinary myths. This audiobook presents pieces of conventional wisdom - such as whether it is better to make a stock by placing meat in already boiling water, or water before it is boiled - and gives its history before making scientific pronouncements.

    Brian Spring says: "Yawn"
    "Yawn"
    Overall

    As a preface, I have not finished listening to this audiobook. It was absolutely NOT what I was looking for. I was expecing it to be mostly about food science, chemistry, how food works - and how those principles apply to cooking. This book is much heavier on history and florid prose. I put it down after a couple hours - too much a danger to driving.

    It may be a good book for what it was intended for - but I say no thank you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3331)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1077)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Cell? Don't waste your $$ on the audiobook."
    Overall

    Don't waste your money on this audiobook. In a nutshell, the narration was flat and uninspiring and the story itself left me flat as well.

    Perhaps its just hard to listen to Stephen King's books read by anyone other than the author. Though I imagine he would protest, he is a fabulous narrator of his own words - his speech idiosyncrasies notwithstanding. The narrator of this book sounded like he'd either had a labotomy or had just taken a lot of muscle relaxants. His tone was flat and his characterizations (when present) were quite lacking. This flaw, alone, made me regret having purchased this audiobook.

    Then, there was the story. It was not one of King's best. King's portrayal of a post-apocalyptic landscape was pretty vivid, as always. Unfortunately, the story never seemed to go anywhere. Yes, the journey was interesting - but the destination was not worth it.

    Read it, if you must - but don't bother with this iteration of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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