The topic of cod and fisheries is fascinating and well described and researched by Mark Kurlansky. It's a wonderful blend of science, history, culture, literature, culinary arts, etc... But it is a difficult "read" as an audiobook, despite a valiant attempt by the narrator. There are many quotes, recipes, and other passages that are better read on paper than heard.
I thought that Greg Mortenson's story was both very inspiring but also very human, as Greg comes off as both a hero and flawed (this man has NO idea how to run an organization!) Given all that is going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan now, I found the information to be timely and educational. For that reason alone, I think the book is worth a listen. The reason I didn't give it a higher rating was because I found the writing a bit overwrought and there was just something quite annoying about the narration, though I can't quite put my finger on it...
I just joined Audible.com and after listening to "The Help," I am totally hooked. I can only hope that the other books I order are half as good as this one. It was incredibly well written and narrated and very moving.
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