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Patrick

Davis, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World - Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daphne Miller, M.D., Andrew Weil, M.D. (foreword)
    • Narrated By Heather Hathaway
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Daphne Miller, M.D., travels around the world in search of native cuisines to address the Western ailments that plague her patients. This exciting culinary adventure reveals the health and well-being benefits of eating a less processed, more natural diet and how one can incorporate native foods into everyday living.

    Patrick says: "Impressive"
    "Impressive"
    Overall

    Well researched and well argued. Dr. Miller looks at traditional diets from the perspective of modern medicine, and modern nutrition and explains why modern American diets fall short of the mark when it comes to long-term health. If diet is something you would like to examine, I recommend this book. If you are interested in the slow food movement, read this book. If you are a Michael Pollan fan, read this book. If you think that it is more than coincidence that rates of certain diseases rise dramatically when people adopt a Western diet, read this book. If you struggle with poor health and low energy, read this book. If you are healthy, and have no interest in the topic of diet....then I guess you might not be interested...

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jonathan Bardon
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.

    Anne says: "Three and a half?"
    "Seems like a fluff piece"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A rewrite


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Bardon’s story?

    The lack of real history


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't seem like a real historical account but more like a fluff piece for the local news. Only the second audio book that I failed to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3227)
    Performance
    (2290)
    Story
    (2297)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "A little dated....a little biased"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from William L. Shirer and/or Grover Gardner?

    Probably not.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part is that the author was personally in Germany during the war.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    NA


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is not a historian but a journalist. Althouth this is not necessarily a fatal flaw, I felt he did not have a good sense for the lessons of history and what things were important. He seemed like a American reporter from the 1940s with the sort of opinions that might imply. He ranted quite a bit about how much fault the people of Germany must bear but made not attempt to relate that to how other people's behaved under similar circumstances. He goes on about Nazi atocities, but glosses over relavent incidents cause by allied powers. I think this author is not a good source to learn the history. He is too deeply vested in American bias and he is writing too close to the war to have the perspective that only time can provlde.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (516)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    A remarkable real-life tragedy worthy of a Shakespeare play or a Greek tragedy. The author does a remarkable job of exploring the known facts of the life of our "hero", and depicting a complex character that defies easy categorization. If you are a person who rushes to judgment and likes to pretend the world is simple and without nuance, then keep moving on. If you are the sort of person who can't imagine why anyone would risk their life for no material gain, you might want to look elsewhere. But, If you are intrigued by those who look to break the bonds of convention, with little fear of consequence, you might want to read this. If you plan to see the movie, watch that first. The book will spoil the movie, but the movie doesn't spoil the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Dando-Collins
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (160)

    Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionnaires, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion.

    Ethan M. says: "You should really be interested in the topic first"
    "A little disorganized"
    Overall

    At times, it seems like a book about the life of Ceasar, at times it seems like a book about the Jewish wars. Sometimes it refocuses on the tenth legion, but seems to forget it for substantial periods. The author was very inconsistent and can't seem to make up his mind about what sort of book to write. Sometimes he seems to take stories from ancient historians without question, sometimes he exhibits a degree of skepticism. Maybe he needs a better editor....overall it was interesting but I can't give it high marks.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Man
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In the years 434-454 A.D., the fate of Europe hung upon the actions of one man: Attila, king of the Huns. The decaying Roman Empire still stood astride the Western World, but it was threatened by a new force, the much-feared barbarian hordes. Attila was the one-man wrecking ball that helped put the final boot into Rome's decaying splendor.

    Saxon says: "Informative & Interesting"
    "Boring and speculative"
    Overall

    Apparently there is not much information about Attila from primary sources so much of this book is the author's speculations complete with descriptions of the curtains, invented dialog and such. I think it would have been a better book if he had taken less time making things up and more time presenting archeological or other evidence to create a picture of Attila. The discussions of horse archery and bow making were interesting but invented narratives of what a possible assasin may have said are just a waste of time. Perhaps he really wanted to write a historical novel. I give this a thumbs down. There must be better books that you could be listening to.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The War for All the Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Roy Adkins, Lesley Adkins
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Roy Adkins, with his wife, Lesley, returns to the Napoleonic War in The War for All the Oceans, a gripping account of the naval struggle that lasted from 1798 to 1815, a period marked at the beginning by Napoleon's seizing power and at the end by the War of 1812. In this vivid and visceral account, Adkins draws on eyewitness records to portray not only the battles but also the details of a sailor's life: shipwrecks, press-gangs, prostitutes, spies, and prisoners of war.

    N. Haws says: "Pretty good, if disorganized"
    "Simply Dreadful"
    Overall

    This it the first audiobook that I just plain had to stop listening to. From the hour or so that I did manage to sit through it seemed a bit anglo-centric and doted on various English heroes. It definitely did not help that the narrator used a cheesy french accent everytime he spoke quote from frenchmen. It makes them sound stupid and detracts from the overall work. I also found it a bit boring...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Norman Davies
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? That's the conundrum Norman Davies unravels in his groundbreaking book No Simple Victory. Far from being a revisionist history, No Simple Victory instead offers a clear-eyed reappraisal, untangling and setting right the disparate claims made by America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union in order to get at the startling truth.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "The Best Account of WWII in Europe"
    "Well done"
    Overall

    Overall a well done book. It jumped around a bit chronologically and it did contain the aforementioned temperature errors but I did not feel that it detracted from the book. It is not a narrative of the war but gives some perspective to the significance of the roles of the various combatants and some perspective that helps balance the home country centric view that you may have learned in school.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia B McConnell
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (227)

    Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

    L. Adams says: "needs photos"
    "Nicely Done"
    Overall

    Patricia McConnell is the genuine article. If you truly want to learn how to effectively train animals and understand their behavior, learn it from an educated animal behaviorist with standing in the field, not some self-educated "whisperer" without accurate knowledge or credentials. Patricia does an excellent job of explaining principles of animal behavior and showing you how to use them to improve your relationship with your dog. Educational and entertaining too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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