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David

Boulder, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (762)

    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"
    "Good, but not amazing"
    Overall

    I found this book had a significant amount of really, really interesting information relating to the history/botany/biology of the topic plants. I found it very hard to get through the lengthy passages of introspection and other topics that have very little to do with apples, tulips, canabis, or potatos. I think his favorite word is Dionysus. Look for it in every other paragraph.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4647)
    Performance
    (4288)
    Story
    (4302)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "Just Fantastic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's both superficial and deep, mature and immature, touching and yet light-hearted. Fantastic book and a fantastic listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2495)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1284)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Great, but heartbreaking."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Its good that this is read by the author himself. There are times in the book where I feel like, if I were him, I would just give up. Beautifully performed are marvelously written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5345)
    Performance
    (3306)
    Story
    (3324)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Unbearable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is my first experience with any Ayn Rand piece.

    Setting aside her own political philosophy, which I find myself disagreeing with, the book is terrible. Characters are one-dimentional caricatures of what a person might actually be like. Every sentence if filled with this over-emphasized melodrama to rival the best daytime soap opera. Rand spends pages and pages saying nothing, and her passages of dialogue are just long soliloquies that she uses as an excuse to write another diatribe about the problems of socialism.

    Rand should have saved her writing for op-ed pieces.

    I would not recommend this book to anyone. Ever.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12002)
    Performance
    (10470)
    Story
    (10513)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Another masterful installment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not a series for every reader. It is bleak, gruesome, and harsh. What makes it all bearable is that it is written so well, and the story is so compelling that you keep reading (or listening) even when you don't think you want to know any more. A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Guide to Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Julian Curry
    • Narrated By Julian Curry
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    Actor and wine expert Julian Curry has devised a unique audiobook guide to wine. The whole subject is introduced and explained – how wine is made, the different grapes, the different blends, vintages, wine-growing areas and types. In an entertaining and informal style, he also teaches how to taste wine, and how to choose and store it.

    Laurence says: "Comprehensive overview"
    "A great aperitif"
    Overall

    This isn't the end-all guide to everything wine. It isn't going to improve your pallate and heighten your senses.

    It is a funny book that gives a great overview of the world of wine, from production, to tasting, food pairing, and a little information on some of the popular varietals and wine regions. For anyone who is new to wine, it is a great launching off point. And it is fun to listen to. He has a fun style of writing, and is easy to listen to. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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