TAKOMA PARK, MD, United States
I have to admit, even though I truly liked the book and greatly appreciated the information; emotionally it had me in knots, still feel that way. You know you are being marketed to with every food ad or show on tv, in the store and online. It comes down to who you trust to give you factual information about food and you find that everyone has an agenda and that every choice I thought I was making based on good information is probably killing me slowly. For me, reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma first as has been suggested by other reviewers didn’t help me feel any better about this book, but I do recommend it. I can look at my food choices with scrutiny but with a better understanding of why I made that choice and make a plan of how I go forth in becoming better informed about what I eat. I need to know so much more.
If I have any issue with the book, it's that I'm not a "foodie". I'm well traveled and have been exposed to many foods, but I'm not a foodie like you almost have to be in order to eat like Pollen suggest. Also I wish Pollen could given more about the politics of food. Anyone of a lower income and limited access to food choices either by income or access have not much choice than to be a victim of food companies a well as the healthcare system gaining revenue from our poor "nutrition".
Scott Brick for sure (LoL)
no, but I might have to seek him out. I bet he could make the process of grass growing seem like a murder mystery.
The narration done by Scott Brick was well done, if not just a tad bit too dramatic which I’m sure added to my anxiety but in retrospect probably was helpful in presenting what is not a simple issue.
Admittedly, it was hard for me to get into at first. After the third chapter I stopped and started at the beginning. Looking back at it the slow beginning was paramount to the story; small town, small people but their issues are the same as the big busy city. I would have said nothing started happening until the murders, but I was wrong. Though I don’t live far from where the story is based and am not a stranger to small town Virginia, I wasn’t connecting with the characters, not even Mrs. Murphy and Tucker (the tabby and the corgi of the story), but I appreciate why by the time the murders happen the pace was necessary to the story. It became an allegory of the town itself.
After the first two murders the story started to pick up pace a bit and was locking in my interest. There are two perspectives you have to keep in line as you read; Mrs. Murphy’ and the other animals, and Harry’s world of humans. I must admit I still don’t understand the clue Mrs. Murphy was giving Harry which is driving me crazy, but the story evolved into a wonderful Who-Done-It tale and close to the end I was screaming for the answer. Great read.
Mrs. Murphy was really cool, but my favorite was Pewter.
Ms. Forbes did a great job in giving each character their own unique cadence, accent and pitch. It gave me a good sense of who the character were; pompus, demure, worldly and wise, her rendition added to the experience.
Your Cat's trying to Tell you something....
On to book 2.
I’m a cat lady and am familiar with Jackson Galaxy. I’m not convinced he accomplished his intent in showing the redemptive connection between his process of becoming clean and how the cat(s) help bring that about. I believe Mr. Galaxy cares deeply about cats, but the story makes them seem more like props to a life he just kinda fell into rather than a calling.
I’m not opposed to profane language (so-called) but it was gratuitous at best, a performance.
I don’t think anyone could read the book and not be touched by his interaction with animals, especially the euthanizing, but didn’t find his personal story compelling.
Nothing, just didn't find it all that great a read.
He read his book well.
No on both counts.
It’s not a bad book. Being a Cat Lady myself I did with purpose look for stories with a cat (as a pivotal character) in it and when I came across this series I was interested to see how the author puts a cat in Science Fiction genera.
I can appreciate that there is a sequel to the story and that book one set the stage for the next book, but I’m not sure the story was interesting enough to want to go to the next book. The character “Sharah” (spelling not withstanding) was weird to the story and the maturity given to Chester the Kitten seemed wrong to me. The people characters were a bit shallow and under developed. The story is a bit juvenile for my taste, but that’s my issue not the author.
I will probable get book two in the hope that story develops better, but I’m lookin’ for a miracle here.
I would have introduce the Sharah character and the bugs earlier as a parallel story line made Chester more kitten like (naive).
The narration was good and it carried what is a so-so story. I'm convened this would not be a better story if I read it.
It does because you still don't know what's going on, but I'm not sure you'd really want to know by the end.
This is the second book of the Character Lilly Ivory as she grows more comfortable with being a witch and embracing her power. I'd this one as I did the first: funny and light, not violent or obscene. My observation for book two is the same as it is for #1; I wish the writer Juliet Blackwell would allow herself to give more depth to the characters. The French nuns were a major point in the book, but I still didn't really get to know these women and why they chose that path or why/if they had been deceived; the point was glazed over quickly in the story. I still liked the story however.
One could enjoy the book apart from the series, but I would recommend that you read book one first and the series in order.
Other than this series, no, but I like how Xe Sands reads for the characters.
I wish I had that type of time, but I certainly wanted to read it all the way though.
Audible should put more Juliet Blackwell book on Audio.
It was a little hard to get into in the beginning, but I think that had more to do with the type of fantasy fiction I'm use to rather than a shortcoming of the story. I find most witch stories either juvenile or over sexed. This was neither.
It was a fun read without being soppy or condescending. The main character, Lily Ivory I think is more complicated that one may see in how she is written, but I personally related to the character well. I thing the story and the character development shroud have been bigger/more in depth, but it was enough to keep me interested to want to read the next book.
I liked how Xe Sands read the story, able to give the right about of femininity, strength, provado and curiosity that carry the story.
This is just a wonderful book. I think what cautioned me the most before I started reading what I thought I would need to detach myself from what I know of Lincoln in order to enjoy the story and was please to find out that didn't need to happen. I could actually start embracing this as a true story because it filled in with facts of Lincoln's life very well. The premise is so ridiculous and so fantastic...best book I've had in a long while.
I was always surprised by the plot twist, it kept my interest throughout the book...just marvelous. I laugh and oooed the entire book, well done.
The relationship between Lincoln and Henry...hard to pick which of the two I liked the best.
This is my first Scott Holst book. The oration is just as wonderful as the book.
I am new to audiobooks. This book makes it well worth continuing with my subscription.
I need to see what else Scott Holst is writing.
It wasn't horrible, but the hype was bigger than the book. The writing style reminded me too much of a Harold Robbins novella, so I wouldn't pan it, but it wasn't a great read. You can guess how the story will go before you are half way through the book, Anna and Christian's actions become predictable, the emails are filler for the lack of story content and the sex becomes gratuitous which unless you like that type of thing doesn't give you much of a reason to buy the other two except to find out Christian's history.You can read it, but it won't be memorable.
Though I think the story as a whole doesn't provide a compelling reason to buy the other two books, the ending leaves just enough questions about the character Christian's past (his "mentor", family relationships, early childhood) to consider reading on.
Becca Battoe did a decent job for the voice of Anna, was able to give the character that naive sense of the world and was okay for Christian since we were hearing Christian voice from Anna's perspective.
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