I live and breathe audiobooks ... member of Audible for years and generally very appreciative of the service that's provided... This book could have been so great to listen to, a masterpiece of cultural history. The sub par production however, comes close to being as much a negative as the writing is a positive. The audio reminded me of a vinyl record where the needle advances and my imagination must fill in... such a shame to have a Great reader, Great writer, Great subject and such irresponsible production.
Well worth your time . Nicely organized and presented. The "Great Courses" series has got a lot going for it. Easy to listen to and very informative.
I found this series of lectures informative, well delivered and much more interesting that I had expected. If you are looking to brush up on this fascinating and deeply interconnected period of history, or to delve into it for the first time, I think it's a good listen.
Each lecture is short, to the point and easy to reference.
The total time is not 90+ hour by the way...
Each of the 4 parts are about 6 hrs, so we're talking roughly 24 hrs of listening time.
94 is a bit extreme.
I should have been more careful before I used a credit on this one. It's so poorly written that I couldn't get through the first half. The claims are unsubstantiated and salacious.
National Enquirer type story ...
Michael Pollan has written another book that I enjoyed and found interesting. He has delved deeply into the preparation of food and what that means to me as a physical as well as social animal.
His easy delivery is a pleasure to listen to and what he is saying is fascinating.
Where he explains the chemistry of our food and how it changes as it cooks was easy to follow for a layman. The cultural significance of how and why we cook is also really interesting.
I listened to Fat,Sugar, Salt before this book and this was a good dovetail ...
It's about time we paid closer attention to what we eat
Not having much of a business background and unfamiliar with the jargon used on Wall Street I felt unprepared. Just a word of caution to those in a similar place as mine.
Not assume that everyone knows financial acronyms and jargon.
I was disappointed by this audiobook. The title was misleading in my opinion. There were a few examples of "players,posers and excess" but an inordinate amount of the book was spent on architecture, people who didn't have anything to do with the title description and random characters. I got so tired of name dropping and uninteresting facts that I barely made it to the end.
This is the book I was looking for when I bought "Murder City" and was disappointed with the lack of factual information.
Just this morning the news reported four reporters have been killed by the Zeta cartel in the last week. This book informs the reader about, what, where, and why, to an amazing degree of detail on this frightening and very current state of chaos south of our border. It is tragic and building up into a huge mess that will affect us all sooner or later.
I found it well written, well read and very interesting.
I highly recommend it.
I can't say enough for this novel,production,reading, and most of all content... Wow, this Vietnam experience is hyper real on all fronts . I've read O'Brien, Halberstam / Stewart O'Nan's "The Vietnam Reader" ... yes all of it.
If you want , need , or are just interested in going back there, listen up.
This book was fascinating, disturbing and almost too much for me to handle. Anyone interested in the perspective of World War 2 from a Nazi viewpoint will be impressed by the historical accuracy. I was riveted by most of the book but relieved when it was finished. Grover Gardner did an excellent job as always.
I don't know how readers are paired with the books they read but this a miserable match. Everything about this reader's voice, in my opinion, is better suited to reading a Harlequin type novel. I couldn't get past the first two hours. Proceed at your own risk
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