Who is the audience for this book? It is not an academic work yet not a book a general audience would enjoy. It felt like I was listening to Pollan's journal as he investigated various subjects for a research paper. I found it astonishing he could turn a short trip to an Iowa corn farm, a weeklong trip to Polyface farm, and a couple of hunting trips into such a long book. The flowery language, particularly through the hunting expeditions just went on and on and on. I pride myself in getting through all my book selections and did get through this book, however finishing it was a supreme test of stamina; it definitely hurt more than most - a textbook on nutrition would be more engaging. No answers given here and the insights seemed specific only to Pollan.
The narrator is also used for too many of Audible's books and is characterless.
I really benefited from this program. It took about three listens before the material really sank it but each listen was enjoyable. When my daughter asked for a bedtime story I told her about Socrates' piety for the oracle Kant's Categorical emperatives. Good stuff I tell ya!!! Thank you Peter Kreeft.
It's a simple book and has that sort of "Cowboy Way" type of feel - little said with so much more implied, but I really enjoyed how this book flowed and how you felt like you really knew these men by the end of the story. It was eight hours well spent. I ended up finishing it in one day because it kept me so intrigued.
I don't think the author knew what to call this book; it sort of dealt with end of life issues but was really a travelogue of experiences she had while becoming a surgeon. I was left wondering why she wrote the book rather than thinking about the subject matter itself. It seemed she was unsure if the twelve plus year focus it took to become a transplant surgeon to the exclusion of most everything else in her life was the right choice for her.
It's hard to say who this book is for; it would probably be a good listen for young adults interested in a medical career who also liked sad stories. Her stories did keep me interested (although I wish the book had more of them) and I found myself staying up late one night to finish the book.
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