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Mary

roselle, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (352)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Kathy says: "Seren Tuval, you are my hero!"
    "One of the most moving books..............."
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    An incredible story of a survivor both of the holocaust and post-war Germany. And one of the most moving depictions of how the events unfolded that convinced the Jewish people to pack their valuables peacefully and surrender. There is a point in the book when Sara and her sisters dig in the dirt for tiny grass roots to eat and another where they risk their lives to steal a radish. And, you feel a small glimpse of what it must be like to experience true hunger.... I cried. I was outraged and ultimately uplifted by this one woman's courage to want to live and to do her work.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (4730)
    Performance
    (2480)
    Story
    (2520)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Makes you want to take up running!"
    Overall

    Really fun, easy listen for the endurance athlete!Note that the shoe development/industry info is essential for anyone undertaking an endurance sport!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Herve This
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    This book will appeal to foodies and those who are deprived of cookbooks in audio format. Molecular Gastronomy documents the sensory phenomena of eating and uses basic physics to put to bed many culinary myths. This audiobook presents pieces of conventional wisdom - such as whether it is better to make a stock by placing meat in already boiling water, or water before it is boiled - and gives its history before making scientific pronouncements.

    Brian Spring says: "Yawn"
    "If you love science and you love cooking....."
    Overall

    this book is for you! Dennis Holland is the perfect narrator for the rather dry and repetative nature of conventional scientific study! I'm on my third listen....So cool to explain the development of tannins in wine and butter's crystaline structure...very insightful and opens you up to new ideas for developing stocks and additions to creme anglaise....more of a fun read if you are a science nerd I'm sure!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (3466)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1213)

    "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"
    "...It had to be said"
    Overall

    An excellent book about some of the important things we take for granted...presented with some intriguing philosophical questions. What Pollan describes about the food industry has to be said but makes you feel a bit ashamed of being a modern human!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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