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Linda

ALTADENA, CA, United States

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  • Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Herve This
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    This book will appeal to foodies and those who are deprived of cookbooks in audio format. Molecular Gastronomy documents the sensory phenomena of eating and uses basic physics to put to bed many culinary myths. This audiobook presents pieces of conventional wisdom - such as whether it is better to make a stock by placing meat in already boiling water, or water before it is boiled - and gives its history before making scientific pronouncements.

    Brian Spring says: "Yawn"
    "Brain Food for the Nerdy Chef"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes if they want to know the science of cooking not just a recipe


    What other book might you compare Molecular Gastronomy to and why?

    on food and cooking


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Molecular Gastronomy?

    this book alters how you cook because you understand the physics


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Him? Why Her?: Understanding Your Personality Type and Finding the Perfect Match

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Helen Fisher
    • Narrated By Helen Fisher
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Based on entirely new research - including a detailed questionnaire completed by five million people in 33 countries - Why Him? Why Her? will change your understanding of why you love him (or her) and help you use nature's chemistry to find and keep your life partner.

    Paige says: "Better than I expected"
    "An insight into why ....."
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    Would you listen to Why Him? Why Her? again? Why?

    Yes I have


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Who I am attracted to and what type is attracted to me. Good info


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Pioneer Women of the Outback

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Susanna De Vries
    • Narrated By Kate Hood
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Great Pioneer Women of the Outback profiles 10 female pioneers, from Jeannie Gunn, author of We of the Never Never, to equally remarkable but lesser known women, such as Emma Withnell in Western Australia and Evelyn Maunsell in Queensland. Building on the women's records and her own knowledge of Australian history, Susanna de Vries documents the grit and determination it took to build what many today would consider an extraordinary life.

    Linda says: "A good insight into what Aussies are like and why"
    "A good insight into what Aussies are like and why"
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    Would you listen to Great Pioneer Women of the Outback again? Why?

    yes I have


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was in Australia at the time. I enjoyed the real people/ places.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (782)

    The study of sexual physiology has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R&D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic.

    Mary Roach, "The funniest science writer in the country", devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. In Bonk, Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place.

    Gurmukh says: "Absolutely Wonderful!"
    "Sex from every angle"
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    If you could sum up Bonk in three words, what would they be?

    irreverent look at sex


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bonk?

    the looks from my co workers whilst listeneing


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me laugh at humans in general


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3629)
    Performance
    (2098)
    Story
    (2112)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "not as good as bonk but better than spook"
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    If you could sum up Stiff in three words, what would they be?

    cadavers have adventures


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It made me rethink the donor sticker on my drivers license


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    you can come and go and not loose the thread


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2077)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1337)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Brings historical characters to life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wolf Hall to be better than the print version?

    too long to read


    What did you like best about this story?

    Explained in an enjoyable way they complicated relationships of this time


    Which scene was your favorite?

    haven gotten there yet


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18305)
    Performance
    (12441)
    Story
    (12342)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "takes a while to get going but then you're hooked"
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    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best for a long drive or task


    What did you like best about this story?

    attention to environmental historical detail


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    na


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end where I wanted to know what happens next???!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (619)

    "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"
    "it will change how you shop at the grocery"
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    If you could sum up In Defense of Food in three words, what would they be?

    read this now


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In Defense of Food?

    the criterion of how to shop


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    getting it read


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the part about corn being shoved down our throats


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (3164)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (956)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Yikes"
    Overall

    Congress run amok!I was working on the movie about this book and decided to read it. Movie wise Charlie is portrayed as a hero but perhaps in hindsight we should have allied with the Russians. It was hard to tell how I felt about him when seeing him on set. Disturbing that our tax $ put all the weapons in the hands of Jihad

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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