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Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 112 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "A manifesto for the foodie"

    If you had to choose between celery and hot dogs for the rest of your life, which would be the "healthy" choice? The answer may surprise you...
    Pollan sets out to establish a guideline for what people should eat, and he's quite successful. This isn't and anti-dieting book, but it's not a guide to "nutrition" either; instead, the book sets out cases and examples that willl make you think twice about the assumptions you have about food (and "food products"), and hopefully will help you figure out how to eat more food and less garbage.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Acedia & Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Norris
    • Narrated By Kathleen Norris

    In Acedia & Me, the acclaimed author Kathleen Norris explicates and demystifies the forgotten but utterly relevant concept of acedia, a term that has often been understood as spiritual sloth, but really signifies the serious malady of being unable to care. With great insight and candor, Norris explores acedia through the geography of her life as a writer; her marriage and the challenges of commitment in the midst of grave illness; and her keen interest in the monastic tradition.

    Maggie says: "excellent but not for the faint of heart"
    "ancient ideas and modern maladies"
    What made the experience of listening to Acedia & Me the most enjoyable?

    Norris is fantastic. Introspective, candid, poetic, and compassionate without mincing words. I love the depth of thought that goes into her writing, and yet she's very easy to follow.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    As a reader, Norris knows what she's doing (though I do disagree about some of her pronunciations, she's not novel in using them--things like "lived" rhyming with "dived".) Her tone is level and even, perhaps it could be described as plodding, but she definitely understands the cadence of the 'voice' in her writing. I can imagine a more lively reader for the book, but the personal nature of her story makes her the natural choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"

    It is what it is. Pensive, intriguing, long... Don't make it your first Dostoevsky novel, and certainly don't let it be your last, but give it a chance. Things don't really get going until part two, of course.

    The Narration here is excellent. Guidall is a master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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