You must be a fan of a 'period piece' to really understand and follow Tolstoy. His writing is some of the most remarkable I have ever 'read'. I am awed by it; brilliant. I probably would never survive the printed page tho - too slow and too cumbersome for me in that form. Being able to listen and have my attention absorbed by the EXCELLENT narration is captivating.
Michael Pollan is brilliant. Listening is more convenient for me plus I enjoy the aspect of live theater over my headphones~~ if you have a good reader. Scott Brick does a fine job. Watch Michael Pollan speaking on a YouTube clip and you will immediately understand that this man is exceptional. He courageously takes on the journey of our food in the form of the history of wheat to, and I could NOT do this- engaging himself thru the entire process of getting that chicken on your plate: the whole disgusting process. His writing saves us all and it is WELL worth the journey. I will listen to his other books. I trust his integrity in his choice of expression- no matter what. If he can question, interview and wade in it, I most certainly have the heart to be enlightened by his process. Thanks, Michael Pollan!
Mr Pollan's research is stunning. His expression of his findings is poetic no matter what the subject being covered. I, frankly, was not sure that I could actually make it from jacket cover to epilogue as I knew some of what was going to covered. This book was only brilliant.
Joel Salatin is a mid-western farmer. Michael Pollan included Mr Salatin's WHOLE agricultural process in a way that was engaging. Sustainability is a possibility. Proven here.
It is a great challenge to have the courage to look at the history of what is on our dinner plate or breakfast menu. We are so disconnected from the process of what we eat and where it comes from that it confronting the actual subject of Holistic Nutrition seems very daunting. We are disconnected from the awareness that there are more neurons in our brain than stars in the universe and the miracle that we are as physical bodies is a REAL MIRACLE. Let this book assist you by being an extraordinary 'listen' as an invitation to feel your heartbeat and breath!
What added to this book so much for me was that it was NOT a performance by the narrator. On the contrary, Ms. Mazur 'got out of the way' and was a vehicle for the story being shared. I loved the book because the PRESENCE of Dr. Nemeh's relationship with God and the Holy Spirit was what filled me with each listening and to this moment.
I loved that Dr. Nemeh has the courage to authentically LIVE his relationship with God with no apologies, compromises or shyness. This takes great courage to know in your heart what Dr. Nemeh knows and shares it so generously and selflessly. He lives the 'leap of faith' refered to often. He life expands what's possible in my world. I so appreciated having the information to send a prayer request to him and he will pray over it. I am a caregiver and have claimed Dr. Nemeh as my partner with the folks that I love, care for and pray for each day.
I will be happy to relisten to this book many times. I look forward to a long road trip! I listened to this book while preparing food for the gentleman that I care for so that Dr. Nemeh and his wife, Kathy, would lend their love and care into each of my small actions for a blessing. When I started with my gentleman, the doctor wanted to protect my heart because she was sure that he would die shortly. NOT SO! He now can drive, go out on errands & with friends. Each little battle won may just win the war!
Open your heart and allow Dr. Nemeh's faith to inspire and enrich you. Only our MIND has the corner on IF's, AND's or BUT's so let this book open new possibilities and be a vehicle for extending your reach in the world. Suspend your belief's for a few hours and 'pretend' that everything you hear has the power to infuse YOUR life with great love~ It has been working for me!
LOVE Bryce Courtenay's work; adore Humphrey Bower's delivery (1/2 the reason to get a book to try out! Fantastic theatre!) I am listening to this book after FOUR FIRE'S (which I loved) and it seems that this book has a similar story line, character's and not enough dialogue. I am 4 hrs into the 1st part and am considering shelving it for a year or so. I am bored. Please understand that I have read/listened to 7 books which might be a factor. My favorite is the Australian Trilogy.
May find another Humphry Bower tho!
I realized at some point that the author had lived this story, checked Google et voila! is true. Since I do so enjoy long, well done books, I jumped at this because of my favorite (Bryce Coutenay's books) reader, Humphrey Bower. Couldn't figure out what was NOT working for me in this long saga. The skill of the reader/performer IS the critical element. What I found was that Mr. Bower's voice was just too elegant for much of the narrative; his character voices were, as always, absolutely wonderful.
This is a very long book. Although my opinion about the book itself is irrelevant, I would have appreciated this book done in 2 parts. The first part up until Prabhu's death and the period after that. I would have happily purchased that 2nd part.
A stroke of genius to have Simon Vance read this book. Superb. This complex tale is one that you just need to grit your teeth a bit to get into. Best best: make a list ( or get from someplace) a list of the character names and relationships. The Swedish language is like a (sorry, kids) a tasty mouth full of pudding with raisins. Between the character names and the place names, well..it's a lot.
I loved the first book and am part way thru this one and am enjoying it. The tough scene's around sex/torture pass. Relax. (yes, could have done with fewer ~ but who am I going to complain to?)
Vance is just fantastic. Another great book on tape: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, read/performed by renown Humphrey Bowers. Excellent + Potato Factory series. Enjoy!
Just finished Simon Vance performing Steig Larsson's Trilogy so I am really spoiled. I admit it. Before that: Humphrey Bower's reading Bryce Courtenay 'Power of One' and 'Potato' trilogy. More great reading of excellent material.
What was I thinking? Hard to tell if the reader is just dull or if the writing is so shallow, formulaic and uninspired that the reader is doing the best possible with pulp. Can't believe i spent credits on this!
I LOVED the book and couldn't put it down all those years ago. The reader for this book is really good- how does he do it?
However: I am very bored listening to this book. I want it to be OVER. It is too long when read for hours on a driving trip even. Slow moving when taken in large doses.
Complaint: it would help it whatever chapter I am in shows on the MP3 upper left rather than the mechanical copying designation. If, somehow, your MP3/ipod skips- you are SO lost because the dialogue is so slow.
I have loved this audio book! I had downloaded it just before I needed to leave to assist a friend who climbed onto the health recovery wagon. This book on my iPod has been my breaks and my refuge. For me, this book is very well read/acted. PILLARS has gone on for such a wonderfully long time that I now must follow it up with "World Without End" to keep the the enjoyment going for another 45+ hours! Hint: Listen closely to the beginning as the characters and their relationships are set up! Enjoy!
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