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L. Armstrong

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Riverton, NJ United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Mole: The Cold War Memoir of Winston Bates

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Peter Warner
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Recruited by a foreign power in postwar Paris and sent to Washington, Winston Bates is without training or talent. He might be a walking definition of the anti-spy. Yet he makes his way onto the staff of the powerful Senator Richard Russell, head of the Armed Services Committee. From that perch, Bates has extensive and revealing contacts with the Dulles brothers, Richard Bissell, Richard Helms, Lyndon Johnson, Joe Alsop, Walter Lippman, Roy Cohn, and even Ollie North - to name but a few of the historical players in the American experience Winston befriends - and haplessly betrays for a quarter century.

    Anne says: "An excellent read (listen)"
    "Disappointing Payoff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The concept and twists in this book were intriguing but the payoff was disappointing. In fact, there didn't really seem to be any payoff at all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Warner again?

    Not sure. Maybe.


    What about David Ledoux’s performance did you like?

    Ledoux's performance was age-appropriate for the main character - who tells his story in the first person.


    Did The Mole inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    An elevator pitch for this book may be CIA meets Forrest Gump. The main character is involved with, a catalyst for, or on the front lines of most critical Cold War events from the late 1940's through the mid-70's. However, the story is wrapped in a mcguffin that lasts too long and when the mcguffin doesn't payoff you realize that all that is left is a series of vignettes around Cold War events with nothing tying them together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Kept Under His Hat: Secrets of Science in the Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke, Marlene Parrish
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (242)

    Have you ever wondered why onions make us cry? Do you believe bananas contain more calories as they ripen and get sweeter? This sequel to the best-selling What Einstein Told His Cook continues Robert L. Wolke's investigations into the science behind our foods.

    Jerker says: "Funny and interesting, but badly edited"
    "Doesn't work well as an audiobook"
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    Performance
    Story
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This book is full of science that is better seen visualized than in audio form. Also, despite the tongue-in-cheek style of writing, I found the overall subject matter to be a little pretentious. E.g., so what if what we call "melding" is not scientifically accurate. We all now what it means and will continue to use it accordingly. People change language - language is not dictate to people.


    Any additional comments?

    For a better (albeit pricier) source of cooking science, download the "Modernist Cuisine at Home" app on iOS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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