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  • Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Essig
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (539)

    As historian Mark Essig reveals in Lesser Beasts, swine have such a bad reputation for precisely the same reasons they are so valuable as a source of food: they are intelligent, self-sufficient, and omnivorous. What's more, he argues, we ignore our historic partnership with these astonishing animals at our peril.

    Ashley says: "I learned so much."
    "A must "read" and share."
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    I'd recommend this book to anyone who eats. The lessons learned here apply directly or indirectly to all farming methods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4878)
    Performance
    (4119)
    Story
    (4084)

    Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

    Michael says: "There is something useful here"
    "Powerful, Practical and Prophetic "
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    If every person seeking to live in integrity would read this book or listen to the audio, they would change and create a climate for positive change around them.

    Don't miss this opportunity to become a better you, and in the process make a difference that will be seen and felt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (863)

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "A must listen / read"
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    This is a very important book. A story about how it is possible for basic changes in food and attitude to have a profound positive affect on individuals, communities, countries, and the environment. Besides it's a fun listen. Very tasteful and well done, throughout, and the part about turkey sex is a hoot.

    This book goes along perfectly with two other excellent audio books that everyone should listen to: Folks This Ain't Normal and The Omnivore's Dilemma.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4554)
    Performance
    (2861)
    Story
    (2869)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    ""Read" It, and "Re-Read" It."
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    This work is important for the casual Christian, the dedicated Christian, the non-Christian, the anti-Christian, and the athirst alike.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (5959)
    Performance
    (3424)
    Story
    (3420)

    "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.

    MCRedding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Thought provoking, even disturbing, and very important"
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    The first three quarters of this book have the most important impact on where our food comes from. This is the perfect companion to go with "Folks This Ain't Normal" and "Lesser Beasts".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joel Salatin
    • Narrated By Joel Salatin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1233)

    From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.

    Joanie C says: "What a great book!"
    "If you can breath, this is a must listen!"
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    Truth is truth and right is right. This story is about true freedom and personal responsibility, however, starting from where we are in this country it will be a very challenging process.

    The sooner we get on with it the sooner there is a chance we can get it done without it being forced on us by a collapse hitting the reset button!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    In this fresh and lively biography rich in literary analysis and new historical detail, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams - the little known and much misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams - and persuasively demonstrates how Adams's inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America.

    Jonathan Love says: "Destined by birth, mentored by greats..."
    "A Total Waste of Time"
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    Would you try another book from Fred Kaplan and/or Eric Martin?

    No. It is a shame that the narrator will be judged by the content of this book, but he should have at least read the book first to determine its overall contents.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Fred Kaplan again?

    Never, and I went so far as to lookup what other books he had written. It was obvious that the author had/has a political agenda. He has used this book as a way of publishing as much false information about the founding fathers and the beginnings of the United States of America as possible.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A few actual facts about John Quincy Adams and the men who were his contemporaries would have been nice. Seems this author took the time to locate and use every undocumented accusation he could locate.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from John Quincy Adams?

    Actually, in all honesty I would never allow my name to be associated with a book with so few facts and repeating so many false accusations about John Quincy Adams and the men who were his contemporaries.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a total waste of time. For some unknown reason the author seems to believe that this books readers are going to be totally uninformed and ignorant about the life and times of John Quincy Adams and the men who were his contemporaries. There were so many false accusations and misrepresentations presented in the first two chapters that I couldn't bring myself to finish the book. This book was so poorly researched that I couldn't even force myself to continue beyond chapter two to determine what the authors true agenda was. By the end of chapter two the author had lost all credibility.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown PhD
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5795)
    Performance
    (5062)
    Story
    (4984)

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Marc says: "Important information - painful narration"
    "Do this book to understand yourself better"
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    This book is like slap up the side of your head with a two-by-four followed by the thought, "Now I get it".

    Then comes the comforting feeling of relief rooted in understanding, and a path to improvement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3494)
    Performance
    (3099)
    Story
    (3077)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Waste of time and money"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone that didn't care about discovering the truth and wanted to discredit a great man.


    What could Jon Meacham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If the author had done a little research instead of passing on and promoting every undocumented lie concerning Jefferson.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When I turned off the book was the best moment. Unfortunately the book was well read so I kept hoping a few true facts would surface. I was continually disappointed.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    I would have cut the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    At least with a paper book I could have thrown it away and felt like I had given this book what it deserved . Just deleting the book from my computer seems insufficient.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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