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  • 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
    (3383)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1137)

    "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"
    "so boring"
    Overall

    I felt like each of the 3 points being made could have been done so in half the space. The style of writing bludgeons you over the head. I understand and appreciate the arguments he makes; however, I was frequently wishing he would move on to the next point. Instead, I felt like I was stuck in argument purgatory.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can't Be Made in the Blink of an Eye

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael R. LeGault
    • Narrated By Michael R. LeGault
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Outraged by the downward spiral of American intellect and culture, Michael R. LeGault offers the flip side of Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling phenomenon, Blink, which celebrated impulse thinking over factual knowledge or critical analysis. If best-selling books are advising us to not think, LeGault argues, it comes as no surprise that sharp, incisive reasoning is on the decline, leading our society to incompetence and failure.

    Dave says: "noncritical critical thinking"
    "Falls pray to the same thing it tries to dispel"
    Overall

    The audiobook was enjoyable. However, LeGault does not seem to understand the fundamental argument being made in Blink. This book comes off as a Libertarian rant mixed with a curmudgeonly old timer outlook. One of the most disappointing things was that he slams the "Blink" scientists for citing correlational research, then he continuously does it himself. He does the same thing with case studies. Overall, his argument makes sense, but misses the point.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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