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Tom

Cincinnati, OH, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Making Sense of Wine

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Matt Kramer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Since its first publication in 1989, Matt Kramer's extraordinarily accessible guide to wine has become a classic. Where others talk jargon about centrifuges, steel tanks, and acidity levels, Kramer talks about wine itself. The result is an enriching experience that goes far beyond knowing how to read a label or impress a waiter.

    Zack says: "Good but Not Great"
    "Great information spoiled by narration"
    Overall

    I tried very hard not to be annoyed by Frederick Davidson's narration. I mean, a stereotypical British accent with the affectation of the upper class should be perfect for a book on wine right? Not to this listener. Early on Matt Kramer writes about this book not being for "snobs" (my interpretation) and yet with every syllable uttered it screamed snobbery. His pronunciation of French wines and foods may be impeccable, but I could scarcely understand any of it. Such a shame too since this book is full of interesting and useful information. In fact I often came off appearing snobbish when making comments about wine which I gleaned from the book. This one is better read than listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Richard Wrangham
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution.

    KHarrang says: "Fascinating book about early human development..."
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    True, I could have paid more attention to the title, or read the reviews carefully, but I thought this book was going to explain how cooking "grew up" over the ages. What it accounts...over and over and over again is the anthropology not so much of cooking in itself, but how cooking exists in primitive cultures. Interesting in one sense, but not at all what I was expecting. This book had promise it just couldn't deliver.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Confessor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (337)

    Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.

    D Alexandra says: "good story but over rated"
    "Narrator needs Hebrew lessons"
    Overall

    As with all the Gabriel Allon series, "The Confessor" is a good read. Nevertheless I did have to wince at John Lee's pronunciation of Hebrew words. I can understand the slip on kipa with the short "i" sound instead of the "ee", but he repeatedly pronounced Haganah with the accent on the second syllable instead of the third. I even found myself audibly correcting him whenever he said it. Very irritating.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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