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Richard2013

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  • Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Novella Carpenter
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Novella Carpenter loves cities - the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways.

    Sarah says: "Not an instruction book but a fun read"
    "Entertaining and intimate"
    Overall

    This is a well written, entertaining and intimate (maybe too intimate for some of us carnivores) view of living in the real world of urban farming. Fun.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (947)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "A page-turner"
    Overall

    For those of us who have lived through the era from crystal sets and vacuum tubes to the present day microprocessors, this is a fascinating look into the details of an extraordinary period of history. In keeping with the author's exemplary style of writing, The author artfully puts into context the familiar and unfamiliar names behind the technology revolution. A masterful work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4373)
    Performance
    (2885)
    Story
    (2909)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "A tour de force"
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    Where does Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The product of decades of individual and team research, this history of Genghis Khan and the Mongol influence is a marvelous work. It is a major contribution to perspective on the development of western as well as eastern culture.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hal Herzog
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is a highly entertaining and illuminating journey through the full spectrum of human-animal relations, based on Herzog's groundbreaking research on animal rights activists, cockfighters, professional dog show handlers, veterinary students, and biomedical researchers. Blending anthropology, history, brain science, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy, Herzog carefully crafts a seamless narrative.

    Fara says: "Thorough and beautifully written"
    "Comprehensive synopsis"
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    This is a dryly written and read synopsis of human psychology as applied to our relationship with animals. The author establishes beyond a reasonable doubt in the first few chapters that our relationship with animals is, in essence, irrationally motivated, with a mix of complex moral and emotional overtones, not unlike, in my view, our attitude toward politics. I found it more informative than entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (154)

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Kathleen says: "disappointing"
    "Delicious"
    Overall

    Garlic and Sapphires is a delicious treat of a New York Times food critic going in disguise to sample foods at NYC's top restaurants. I didn't know one could taste so much in food, and the depictions of herself in costume is delicious in its own right. It is also a delight to savor her personality!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stacey O'Brien
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Written with the same heartwarming sentiment that made the memoir Marley & Me a runaway best seller, biologist and owl expert Stacey O'Brien chronicles her rescue of an adorable, abandoned baby barn owl - and their astonishing and unprecedented 19-year life together.

    Richard2013 says: "Charming and informative"
    "Charming and informative"
    Overall

    Surprising and informative in its revelation of the abilities of a barn owl, charming in the experience of an intimate relationship, "Wesley the Owl" is delightfully read. I'm still musing over many memorable events of a shared life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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