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  • The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chandler Burr
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances.

    Dr. says: "Couldn't Finish It"
    "Fun and informative"
    Overall

    I'm glad I didn't let the comments about the narrator's French pronunciation scare me way from buying this audiobook. The narrator has a soothing and clear voice. Often his French sounds like it comes through a mouthful of marbles, and sometimes it's downright wrong. If your best French is high school level, like mine, it won't bother you much. The book itself is fun and interesting.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Addictive Brain

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Thad A. Polk
    • Narrated By Professor Thad A. Polk Ph.D.
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1611)

    The Addictive Brain is a fair and balanced investigation of addiction, backed by hard science and behavioral science. Most of us have probably seen the old antidrug commercial in which an actor compares your brain on drugs to an egg sizzling in a hot frying pan. That's a powerful image, but it doesn't tell us what actually happens when drugs enter your body and interact with neurochemical processes.

    Charles says: "Great book for anyone"
    "I wish he had taught me when I was in university."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Addictive Brain?

    Dr. Polk is the best lecturer I have ever, ever heard on a science topic. Despite using only his voice as a tool, with no visuals, he clearly explains details that normally would demand a diagram. He's also an interesting, animated speaker.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The professor, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope you have more lectures from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (932)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Tim says: "Really 2 Books in One . . ."
    "Outstanding book"
    Overall

    Important book by the author who is now an ambassador to the United Nations.

    I would like to comment on the narrator. He reads crisply and does a fine job, with one glaring exception. He pronounces many people's names incorrectly. There are so many wrong pronunciations that it gets to be a bit humorous (if you don't laugh, you might give up on this fine book in frustration). I don't understand why he didn't get a script that gave the correct way to say non-English names. Still, that would not keep me from renting this great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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