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S. Rose

Palo Alto, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3396)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1151)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    ""Corn"ucopia, literally..."
    Overall

    Although, I had my eye on reading this book for some time I ended up having to read this book for class. Audiobook was a big time saver during my morning commute. Book was incredibly dense at times, for instance the segment on corn seemed to go on for hours. However, I enjoyed the segments on Polyface farm and the foraging/ hunting expeditions with Angelo. Also of note is the book has many key characters that are in an excellent documentary film called FOOD INC.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Janet McTeer, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (293)

    When Mr. Earnshaw brings a black-haired foundling child into his home on the Yorkshire moors, he little imagines the dramatic events which will follow. The passionate relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and the foundling, Heathcliff, is a story of love, hate, pity, and retribution, the effects of which reverberate throughout the succeeding generations.

    Stephanie says: "Classic"
    "Withered Heights..."
    Overall

    I believe a previous reviewer said it best when he said the book should be called "What a bunch of a**holes." After listening to the Audiobook I ended up watching the recent PBS film adaption of the book. Mostly to get a different perspective on this classic story. I honestly felt that the book was a bit of a downer. Janet McTeer has a nice voice but her vocal impersonations of some of the characters made them sound so miserable, wretched and incredibly annoying, and as a result I felt no connection or sympathy with ANY of the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Drink for a Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Cross
    • Narrated By David Cross
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (212)

    After a decade spent in isolation in the Ugandan jungles thinking about stuff, David Cross has written his first book. Known for roles on the small screen such as "never-nude" Tobias Funke on Arrested Development and the role of "David" in Mr. Show with Bob And David, as well as a hugely successful stand-up routine full of sharp-tongued rants and rages, Cross has carved out his place in American comedy.

    Nikki says: "Hilarious but a little preachy"
    ""I think I just blue myself"..."
    Overall

    Loved this book and enjoyed it so much more with the narration by David Cross. He also added his own little comments here and there that were not in the book which made it extra special.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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