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Paul

LAS VEGAS, NV, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Forrest Pritchard
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.

    Sweetbay says: "Loved it! I wanted it to go on further"
    "A real jewel"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gaining Ground to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! Wayne's choice as narrator was perfect. It really felt like we were listening to the author all the time. His characterizations were spot-on, i especially liked his rendition of "Travis".


    What other book might you compare Gaining Ground to and why?

    Joel Salatin's "Folks, this ain't Normal". This book is more about the romantic, even spiritual aspect of farming, but still holds a ton of great educational material for those considering this lifestyle.


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

    His very intimate, even confessional story of his father's passing was honest and brave.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this book twice now, and I plan to hear it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Greg Gutfeld
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    From politics to the personal, from fashion to food, from the campus to the locker room, the desire to be cool has infected all aspects of our lives. At its most harmless, it is annoying. At its worst, it is deadly, on a massive scale. The Cool are the termites of life, infiltrating every nook and cranny and destroying it from within. The Cool report the news, write the scripts, teach our children, run our government - and each day they pass judgment on those who don’t worship their coolness.

    Mark Page says: "Laugh out loud funny!"
    "Great book, but terrible choice for narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Greg Gutfeld and/or Steve Kramer?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve Kramer?

    Greg Gutfeld, for crying out loud!! Greg, why didn't you read your own book? This guy reads like some old worn-out broadway actor, with golden toned enunciation. The humor, which is such a critical part of this book is totally lost by horrible reading by Kramer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world.

    geoff says: "comprehensive"
    "Fascinating, well-researched study"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences to be better than the print version?

    Doubtful. The narrator mispronounced critical words like anesthesia, which is repeated dozens of times throughout the book. He would pronounce it "Anastasia". Another was jubilant, which he pronounced jubUlant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the accounts of out-of-body and near-death experiences.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bob Dunsworth’s performances?

    No.


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

    This is a very compelling study. He even speaks to the skeptics and explains why their explanations don't hold up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Atina Diffley
    • Narrated By Atina Diffley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A memoir of making these essential relationships work in the face of challenges as natural as weather and as unnatural as corporate politics, her book is a firsthand history of getting in at the "ground level" of organic farming. One of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest, the Diffleys' Gardens of Eagan helped to usher in a new kind of green revolution in the heart of America's farmland, supplying their roadside stand and a growing number of local food co-ops.

    Miles Torres says: "Just listen to anything else on Audible, seriously"
    "Not what you might expect from the description"
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    What disappointed you about Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works?

    "She gives readers everything from expert instruction in organic farming to an entrepreneur's manual on how to grow a business," is what it says in the description. I'm five chapters in and all the author's done so far is talk about her life, history, women's rights, and her failing marriage. All of this might be fine if that's what you are looking for, but this is just a personal diary about this woman's life without much practical education.


    What was most disappointing about Atina Diffley’s story?

    I was led to believe this book would help me better understand what organic farming is all about. It's not. It's an intimate look into this woman's life.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Atina Diffley’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works?

    Just deliver what is described in the summary!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Kristin Kimball
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (217)

    Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.

    Roberta says: "That's what organic farming is all about"
    "An enchanting story, but poorly told."
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    If you could sum up The Dirty Life in three words, what would they be?

    City girl farms.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    No, never. She is one of these precise, very accurate readers who is careful to enunciate every single vowel and consonant. No one talks like that! She also seems to have a snippy disdain for the very content she is relating. I really would have loved to have heard the author tell this story herself.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Francis S. Collins
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    Dr. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, is one of the world's leading scientists, yet he is also a man of unshakable faith in God and scripture. Dr. Collins has resolved the dilemma that haunts everyone who believes in God and respects science. Faith in God and faith in science can be harmonious, not separately but together, combined into one worldview. For Collins, science does not conflict with the Bible, science enhances it.

    Stephen says: "For those on the fence"
    "Intelligent and fascinating"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Language of God the most enjoyable?

    Dr. Collins' sincerity shines through in this fascinating explanation of his journey to belief. He has researched this subject thoroughly and thoughtfully and sensitively presents his case for the presence of a Divine Creator. Those for whom many organized religions have failed to satisfactorily convince will be attracted to Dr. Collins' case. He is careful to not offend. Something that is almost impossible to do these days.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Dr. Collins' tremendous amount of research into the origins of the universe and humanity's unique qualifications as children of a Divine Creator.


    What about Francis S. Collins’s performance did you like?

    His delivery is sensitive and kind.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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